And welcome to the club.
He doesnít name any names but thereís no question who heís aiming at.
Today, I am slack-jawed to read that members claim to have not understood that the techniques on which they were briefed were to actually be employed; or that specific techniques such as ďwaterboardingĒ were never mentioned. It must be hard for most Americans of common sense to imagine how a member of Congress can forget being told about the interrogations of Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. In that case, though, perhaps it is not amnesia but political expedience.
Let me be clear. It is my recollection that:
Ė The chairs and the ranking minority members of the House and
Senate intelligence committees, known as the Gang of Four,
were briefed that the CIA was holding and interrogating
Ė We understood what the CIA was doing.
Ė We gave the CIA our bipartisan support.
Ė We gave the CIA funding to carry out its activities.
Ė On a bipartisan basis, we asked if the CIA needed
more support from Congress to carry out its mission
I do not recall a single objection from my colleagues.