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Confirmed: Pelosi Lied About CIA Briefing on Waterboarding

Chris4691 Wrote: May 01, 2012 12:11 PM
I would be interested in focusing upon similar lies like this, but with a mind toward them being under oath, and thus likely to rise to the level of a "high crime or misdemeanor". Since perjury is undoubtedly such a violation, further proceedings and lasting punishment could be meted out. I think there is probably such a great number of similar abuses that it is confusing as to which of these acts should be seriously pursued. The Attorney General seems the most likely subject of such an approach right now. His statements seem to be obvious perjuries. What is more, a win here and there is not a good goal; we have to win and keep winning over the next couple of generations, in order to fix what is wrong now.
inkling_revival Wrote: May 01, 2012 1:05 PM
"Rising to the level of" is a Democratic party sound bite, and you should probably lose it.

"High" in "high crimes and misdemeanors" actually refers to the level of political power: it's the same "high" as in "lies being told in high places." Anything Pelosi did as Speaker qualifies.

"Crimes and misdemeanors" denotes not only things that are against the law, but things that are unseemly for a leader of the people. There was no category in law called "misdemeanor" at the time the phrase "crimes and misdemeanors" was coined; it simply meant "behavior that looks bad." Deliberately undermining the Constitution and deliberately assassinating character certainly qualify.

Half the Obama administration ought to be impeached right now.

Three years ago, I wrote a satirical column "defending" Nancy Pelosi against accusations that she had lied publicly about being briefed by the CIA about the use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs) -- including waterboarding -- on enemy detainees as far back as 2002.  Here's her infamous denial:

The evidence against Pelosi was so strong that her tale could only be explained one of two ways: Either (a) she was lying, or (b) a vast conspiracy had constructed a web of deceit to ensnare her. ...