Nancy Pelosi is one of the strongest voices for Progressive Reform in the Congress, so it's no suprise that the Republican Noise Machine has launched a smear campaign against her, charging that she knew and therefore implictly condoned about the use of waterboarding, and that she is lying when she denies this. In a press conference today she reiterated that she was not briefed on the use of waterboarding: Pelosi Defends Herself on Waterboarding.
"The CIA briefed me only once on enhanced interrogation techniques in September 2002 in my capacity as ranking member of the Intelligence Committee. I was informed then that the Department of Justice opinions had concluded that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques were legal. The only mention of waterboarding at that briefing was that it was not being employed," she said.