Protecting Pelosi At All Costs

House Democrats work to provide cover for Pelosi but refuse such protection for intelligence community

When it comes to placing party before country, nobody does it better than the Democrats. This week, however, they’re doubling down on their jilted priorities.

For their next trick, House Democrats will attempt to simultaneously alienate the very intelligence community which toils each day on the front lines keeping America safe and protect the woman who, just a few months ago, accused them of systematically lying to Congress about detainee interrogation tactics. A bold move, for sure, but one that will accomplish two of the Democrats’ top legislative goals — knowingly endanger American lives in order to appease the far left, and cover their own behinds in the process.

During committee meetings on an intelligence bill set for a House vote this week, top Democrats refused two key amendments, one offered by Michigan Republican Pete Hoekstra which would require public disclosure of exactly what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was told by the CIA and when, and another offered by Texas Republican Mac Thornberry which would strike a provision inserted into the legislation by Democrats that would require the CIA to videotape all detainee interrogations.

In essence, House Democrats went out of their way to protect Nancy Pelosi, but refused to provide any such protection to those in the intelligence community on the front lines of the Global War on Terror. Disgusting, but hardly shocking — and that’s what’s so gosh-darned sad.

Here’s what The Wall Street Journal had to say about it this morning:

Democrats have spent years demanding a “truth commission” into interrogations, so you’d think such public disclosure would be welcome. Ah, that was when a different guy was in the White House and before Mrs. Pelosi had made her own veracity an issue. Suddenly, she’s all for secrecy. And sure enough, Intelligence Committee Democrats lined up to protect their leader and defeated the Hoekstra amendment on a party line vote. This follows Democratic rejection of a resolution by Utah Republican Rob Bishop to initiate a bipartisan investigation of Mrs. Pelosi’s accusation.

CIA employees weren’t so lucky. Chairman Silvestre Reyes’s Intelligence Democrats passed a new requirement that the CIA videotape all detainee interrogations. This is a sop to the anti-antiterror left, which wants heads to roll because the CIA destroyed tapes of the interrogations of the likes of terrorist Abu Zubaydah. CIA clandestine chief Jose Rodriguez ordered those tapes destroyed precisely because he worried they might leak and compromise U.S. methods. Republicans offered an amendment to strip the videotape provision but lost on another partisan vote.

This fits the Pelosi policy that the wartime decisions of CIA agents can and will be second-guessed years later, but Congressional acquiescence in those decisions is off-limits. Philip Mudd, a respected career intelligence officer, was recently blackballed by Congress for a Homeland Security job because he knew about harsh interrogations. The message to CIA operatives is don’t take any risks for national security, and better have a lawyer on speed dial. All of which belies President Obama’s promise that there would be no political recriminations for CIA actions taken after 9/11. Meanwhile, CIA Director Leon Panetta has so far said nothing publicly about the House’s videotape provision.

Friends and neighbors, it is becoming increasingly apparent that we have a party currently in power that is not only actively working against the American economy but against American national security as well. One of these mornings, we’re going to wake up to find innocent Americans laying dead at the hands of terrorists who could have been stopped with actionable intelligence, but instead were permitted to execute their deadly plans by American Democrats more concerned about power in perpetuity than the safety and security of the American people. We see a lesson to be learned already on the front lines in Afghanistan, where brave American soldiers are losing their lives in a battle fought against an enemy led by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee — this one released by former President George W. Bush, undoubtedly bowing to political pressure from the American left. The problem, however, is that such lessons not only seem to go unheeded by this administration, but that this administration and the Democrats currently pulling strings on Capitol Hill will bend over backward to prevent the American people from knowing and understanding the extent to which they are remaining ignorant to these lessons and what could be learned from the mistakes of the past.

We know that the recidivism rate among freed detainees is far higher than acceptable, and we know that American lives have likely been lost because of the decision made to free those detainees, yet this administration continues to work on closing the facility at Gitmo and freeing even more detainees. Likewise, we know that aggressive interrogation techniques performed on high-value captured terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed saved American lives in Los Angeles and God knows where else, yet congressional Democrats have been working overtime to not only handcuff our intelligence community, but alienate them and threaten them with prosecution at every opportunity.

It must stop. And the key here, friends, is transparency — ironically one of the core promises of Barack Obama’s campaign. Yet the Democrats are going out of their way to ensure opacity, to ensure that their own leadership is protected even if it means the country is not.

File this one away, I’m afraid. Because, at a time in the not so distant future when we’re staring at our television sets in gaping-mouthed disbelief, we need to know exactly who among our elected officials were responsible for directly facilitating further attacks on innocent American men, women and children here on American soil.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sorry off topic but just noticed that Obama's "Fight the Smears" webpage regarding his birth certificate is GONE! hmmmmm

    http://www.fightthesmears.com/articles/5/birthcertificate

  2. UNAMERICAN says:

    You, Jeff, are a genius at the keyboard. This piece is brilliant, and I really don't see how they live with themselves. P A T H E T I C.

  3. ELECTIONS ---> CONSEQUENCES says:

    After Nov. 2010, the bulk of the blame may rest on one district in California.

  4. EGO UP, WEBSITE DOWN says:

    Fight The Smears is indeed gone. He is now so entrenched there is nothing we can say or do to diminish the glow of this false god.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jeff- Thank you for bring this to the forefront. Sadly, I think you are right.
    Annon – The cached pages in google are still there.
    http://74.125.93.132/search?q=cache:xnG_Zsb96cYJ:www.fightthesmears.com/articles/5/birthcertificate+fight+the+smears&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  6. FREE SPEECH ROCKS! says:

    Jeff, thank you for letting us vent.
    This crap is so frustrating.

  7. CIA says:

    No, YOU are lying Nancy.

  8. Anonymous says:

    imo, PeLOSS-i PeLIES-i will endure until its time for her review then expect the democrats to scrap her.

    U kno the term "hiding in plain sight"? obama uses the word transparency because he knows that is exactly what he isnt…. just like an info commercial. EVERYTHING THEY CLAIM IS EXACTLY WHAT ISNT.

    glad to see more of us paying real close attention.

    i appreciate you Jeff and others who keep these things on the table and call them out for us to think about more than we have been in the past.

    fair media is lacking but there are a few real TALL soldiers still standing and it feels real good.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous said…
    Sorry off topic but just noticed that Obama's "Fight the Smears" webpage regarding his birth certificate is GONE!
    JULY 8, 8:54
    (((((((((((((((((((((((((((

    bet they found a glaring flaw the way the did with the very first one they put up – - – - i just know its only a matter of time before this thing hits the fan.

    when you have a hospital spokesman saying they will not confirm or deny if he was born there you know he wasnt born there. WHAT HOSPITAL WOULD BE BRAGGING AND HANGING OUT SIGNS THAT THIS IS WHERE YOUR PRESIDENT WAS BORN?????

    they really take us for fools and some are really buying it but i have seen on some blogs even some democrats want to know and see the real deal…. only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.

    this is why he is rushing through everything and getting america committed for centuries to come because he knows its just a matter of time before his feet feels the heat in an unpleasant way. that's my opinion on it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    cached pages might be there but why did he take it down from his website?
    (this is not the same annon. you addressed by the way :-)

    just curious as to why he would suddenly take it down?

  11. Let us move forward says:

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/07/us-russian-arms-negotiators-under-the-gun-might-temporarily-bypass-senate-ratification-for-treaty.html

    US-Russian Arms Negotiators "Under the Gun," Might Temporarily Bypass Senate Ratification for Treaty

    With the clock running out on a new US-Russian arms treaty before the previous Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires on December 5, a senior White House official said Sunday said that the difficulty of the task might mean temporarily bypassing the Senate’s constitutional role in ratifying treaties by enforcing certain aspects of a new deal on an executive levels and a "provisional basis" until the Senate ratifies the treaty.

    "The most ideal situation would be to finish it in time that it could be submitted to the Senate so that it can be ratified," said White House Coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Security and Arms Control Gary Samore. "If we’re not able to do that, we’ll have to look at arrangements to continue some of the inspection provisions, keep them enforced in a provisional basis, while the Senate considers the treaty."

    Samore said administration lawyers are exploring the "different options that are available. One option is that both sides could agree to continue the inspections by executive agreement; that would work on our side. On the Russian side, as I understand it, that would require Duma approval."

    The fact that the administration is preparing for such an extraordinary measure shows just how much pressure the two administrations are under to arrive at an agreement before the 18-year-old treaty expires.

  12. Anonymous says:

    heard the latest?
    now we have that tiny country, PALAU whose GDP was only 19million in 2008 but we gave them $200 million for 13 prisoners – - yea them – - well they are now asking for a 35-year committment from the U.S. to support them financially as part of the agreement. CAN U BEAT THAT?

    wanna bet obama was in on this from the beginning and expected this and is ready to just go along?

    obama has been trying to tie up america's financial capability for centuries to come and he has been finding every way possible to do so… IN MY OPINION, this is another one of his lower-the-financial-capability-of-the-United States ploy… i do not trust this man called barack hussein obama.

  13. Gail B says:

    Re: web page gone
    That doesn't stop the "smears." We can still spread the word.

    Claudia, "Who has DUAL CITIZENSHIP and is NOT A NATURAL-BORN CITIZEN?" is at the bottom of every one of my emails. (Credit goes to JB Williams who emailed me how to do it.)

    I've seen this twice–the Democratic Party is a criminal organization. I believe it, because we have an illegal alien from Chicago, "Thug City,"in the White House.

    We are so screwed! Odd, though, is that when I think of Sarah Palin, I get a feeling that something good is going to happen. She's a smart cookie, and there's too much energy and common sense in her to keep bottled up. The press doesn't know what to do about her! The more they down-talk her, the more she's in the news.

    Also, as the MSM is reluctant to identify the party affiliation for a Democrat who has screwed up, but always identifies the Republican's, let's just KNOW that it's a Democrat if not specified. Same difference!

  14. Rix says:

    The Founders had the protection against such disaster in place when they limited the voting privilege to those who contribute, or have contributed, their share to the society. It were the American people who destroyed that protection in their blind, misguided strive for "equality". The Republic is not about equality of privilege but EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW. If we allow freeloaders to vote, we should not be surprized when they elect one of their own – and what kind of responsibility do you expect from a freeloader?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Jeff,

    I wonder what the odds are on Pelosi, Reid and Obama following Palin's lead?

    Also, I have developed a 'stimulus / reconstruction' plan of my own…was wondering if you would review it.

    We hold a National Lottery. For twenty dollars, you can purchase a chance to "replace" the Legislator of your choice. If you are unable or unwilling to accept the post, you can appoint someone to the position. You or your appointee complete the term of the legislator and at the end of the term, the seat is vacated and returned to the state's voters. For fifty dollars, you get a chance at replacing someone in the Executive Branch…Cabinet Member, Czar or The Man himself…previous rules still apply.

    I mean we are disregarding the Constitution anyway, so why not go all out…plus look at the capital it raises.

    Just a thought.

    Keep up the good work.

  16. I GOT TIME, I'M ON YOUR DIME says:

    I want in on that lottery. May I use my food stamps to purchase tickets?

  17. LOTTERY fineprint says:

    Lottery restrictions.
    1. You must be natural born
    2. You must be employed
    3. You must have 1040 for last year
    4. You must have higher IQ than Biden
    5. California residents disqualified, Tennessee will play for your seats

  18. Anonymous says:

    Anon 10:44AM

    Thanks for the Heads Up on the Cache for "Fight the Smears". Got it and it is now saved for ALL TIME!

    Original Anon @ 8:54AM

  19. THEY BE SCURRYING says:

    Same with acorn.org….. better get to the cache for it real quick!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Careful now dems, or the CIA just might offer up the irrefutable proof Obama wasn't born in Hawaii.

  21. Anonymous says:

    So, House leader "Can Lie On Spy" will "can Leo in spy" agency because "Nancy Lie ..SOP" since her politics are "as copy Lenin".

    Yes, you can get all of those phrases with "Nancy Pelosi" and have no letters left over.

    I guess names ARE very prophetic…

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