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Joe Lieberman Sees No Evil

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) made this point about Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) charges that the CIA misled Congress about torture: On that specific

Karan Emery
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | May 14, 2009

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) made this point about Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) charges that the CIA misled Congress about torture:

“Over the 20 years I’ve been here, I’ve been briefed constantly by the CIA, and I’d say they’ve told me the truth as they see it.”

It’s been my experience that any attempt to generalize about the CIA is wrong. It’s not an organization of liars and it’s not an organization of torturers and it’s not an organization of liberals and it’s not an organization of barbarians and it’s not an organization of brave truth-tellers and it’s not an organization of risk-averse bureaucrats and it’s not an organization of lawbreakers and it’s not an organization of whiz kids and it’s not an organization of mediocrities. But come on.

The greatest intelligence officer the CIA ever produced was convicted of lying to Congress. I regret that I don’t have my copy of Tim Weiner’s definitive “Legacy of Ashes” handy to document quickly how routinely the CIA lied to Congress through its history.

More evidence needs to be introduced before concluding that the CIA lied to Pelosi. But no additional evidence needs to be introduced to conclude that it wouldn’t.

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