Pelosi Attacked For Saying CIA Lies By Republicans Who’ve Said CIA Lies
John Boehner, the House minority leader, is incredulous that the CIA would lie to a Member of Congress.
“I’ve dealt with our intelligence professionals for the last three-and-a-half years on an almost daily basis, and it’s hard for me to imagine that our intelligence area would ever mislead a member of Congress.”
But when Republicans didn’t like the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, Boehner had a different response.
“Either I don’t have confidence in what they told me several months ago or I don’t have confidence in what they’re telling me today.”
HuffPost has a couple of other examples of the CIA’s lack of familiarity with the truth:
–In 2004, the CIA had to acknowledge that they “did not provide the United Nations with information about 21 of the 105 sites in Iraq singled out by American intelligence before the war as the most highly suspected of housing illicit weapons.”
–In 2008, then ranking member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Pete Hoekstra — who has Pelosi under fire today — himself “called for a criminal investigation into whether the CIA lied to Congress and withheld information from the Justice Department during its inquiry into the 2001 shoot-down of an American missionary plane by the Peruvian air force with help from a CIA counternarcotics spotter plane.”
And Republican Senator Kid Bond of Missouri said, “”That’s really unfortunate to trash our intelligence community as she’s done.” Pelosi accuses the CIA of lying and DC explodes. Where was the outrage when Republicans did it? Bond acts outraged that a Member of Congress would accuse the CIA of lying, in spite of its history of doing so to members of his own party.
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