From the story: It came to light this past week that the current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was one of several Members of Congress who were briefed on the kinds of "enhanced interrogation techniques" which have come under so much recent Congressional scrutiny and have been the subject of so much recent Liberal hand-wringing.
Post writers Joby Warrick and Dan Eggen described the meeting: "Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said."
"The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough," said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange. Read more....
From Gary Bauer: The waterboarding technique has only been used three times, according to some insiders. The first case we know of was Abu Zubaydah, a top lieutenant to Osama bin Laden, who was captured in March 2002, only six months after 9/11. U.S. officials were deeply worried that follow-up attacks could occur at any moment. They subjected Zubaydah to waterboarding and it “broke him” in 35 seconds. He told CIA interrogators the next day that Allah had visited him in his cell during the night and told him to cooperate. According to the CIA agent, “From that day on he answered every question,” and lives were saved.