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Dems briefed on interrogation methods

back in 2002, from the Washington Post:

. . . long before “waterboarding” entered the public discourse, the CIA gave key legislative overseers about 30 private briefings, some of which included descriptions of that technique and other harsh interrogation methods, according to interviews with multiple U.S. officials with firsthand knowledge.

With one known exception, no formal objections were raised by the lawmakers briefed about the harsh methods during the two years in which waterboarding was employed, from 2002 to 2003, said Democrats and Republicans with direct knowledge of the matter. The lawmakers who held oversight roles during the period included Pelosi and Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and Sens. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), as well as Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan).

There were Democrats who knew all along what Bush was doing. They had the same intel he had about Iraq and supported Saddam’s overthrow. They knew about the interrogation techniques and, except for one, approved. The Democrats were a full party to the War on Terror, until it became politically expedient to claim they had been fooled.