In a closed-door meeting with bipartisan congressional leaders Thursday, President Obama reportedly resisted pressure from Democrats to investigate Bush-era interrogation techniques while questioning former Vice President Dick Cheney’s call for the release of more internal memos that Cheney says will show the benefits of the tactics used on high-value detainees.
When House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, asked Obama to release more memos at the meeting, Obama said Cheney is only telling one side of the story, one senior Senate Democratic leadership aide told FOX News.
Obama “suggested that the situation is not quite that cut and dry,” the aide said.
Aides who attended the meeting also said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told Obama she wants a “Truth Commission” to investigate Bush-era interrogation policies — an option that has the backing of a number of congressional Democrats — but Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., apparently didn’t embrace the idea. Read More
Obama must not want to release the good reports of what waterboarding did to save American lives! He should never have released any of our secrets to the terrorist which is what he did, making our Country more unsafe by doing so!
Top legislators Democrats and Republicans Approved interrogations
The CIA briefed top Democrats and Republicans on the congressional intelligence committees more than 30 times about enhanced interrogation techniques, according to intelligence sources who said the lawmakers tacitly approved the techniques that some Democrats in Congress now say should land Bush administration officials in jail.
Seeking the facts about congressional approval, Mr. Hoekstra, the ranking member of the House committee, sent a letter Monday asking National Intelligence Director Dennis C. Blair, a retired admiral, to provide an unclassified list of the dates, locations and names of all members of Congress who were briefed on the techniques. Read On