Graham Says CIA Admitted Briefings Error; CIA Declines to Respond

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Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 6:29 pm

As first noticed by Marcy Wheeler this morning, former Senate intelligence committee chairman Bob Graham (D-Fla.) went on the Brian Lehrer radio show and said the CIA has conceded to him that it made some errors in its account of which members of Congress were briefed and when about “enhanced interrogation techniques.” (You can hear what Graham said around the 4:30-4:55 minute mark.) That’s the briefings timeline that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said was “misleading” today. Graham:

When I asked the CIA when was I briefed, they gave me four dates, two in April and two in September of ’02. On three of the four occasions, when I consulted my schedule and my notes, it was clear that no briefing had taken place, and the CIA eventually concurred in that. So their record keeping is a little bit suspect.

If Graham is telling the truth, then the CIA is aware of at least some errors in its timeline of congressional briefings, which gives an additional layer of meaning to CIA Director Leon Panetta’s statement that “in the end, you and the Committee will have to determine whether this information is an accurate summary of what actually happened.” And if Graham is right about identifying three errors, it raises the question about whether there are other errors, and if CIA will update its account of the congressional briefings.

The question might be raised, but it’s not answered. I asked CIA spokesman George Little whether Graham is telling the truth and he declined comment.

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nadezhda
Comment posted May 14, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

Rockefeller also claims the CIA chart is wrong. He told TPM that he wasn't briefed in February 2003 (the famous asterisk that says he got an individual briefing separate from Roberts) and it wasn't until September 2003 that he was briefed. He also says the chart exaggerates the extent of what he was told about.

Here's the TPMMuckracker link to the comment from Rockefeller's office.
http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/…

So Pelosi, Graham and Rockefeller all claim that the CIA chart has inaccuracies.

And if the CIA is saying that the chart reflects their records, then clearly the 3 Dems are disagreeing with the contents of the CIA records.


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Betcha he did
Comment posted May 15, 2009 @ 11:21 am

Think about this..The two CIA agents that briefed Pelosi and Graham and other members of congress …were duped by Tenet and the WH…It's feasible they the briefer's did not know about water boarding already in use….that is why they were sent to brief. The real rouges are the one that did know VP office,Tenet and the agent/contractors that did the waterboarding.


Betcha he did
Comment posted May 15, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

Think about this..The two CIA agents that briefed Pelosi and Graham and other members of congress …were duped by Tenet and the WH…It's feasible they the briefer's did not know about water boarding already in use….that is why they were sent to brief. The real rouges are the one that did know VP office,Tenet and the agent/contractors that did the waterboarding.


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