Nancy Pelosi’s position that she wasn’t informed about waterbaording doesn’t hold up to much scrutiny.
In 2005, the Washington Post reported:
In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.
The Politico reports:
Pelosi says she was briefed by Bush administration officials on the legal justification for using waterboarding — but that they never followed through on promises to inform her when they actually began using “enhanced” interrogation techniques.
Whatever your view of the waterboarding issue is, her explanation sounds lawerly and fishy.