Obey Tells Panetta He Found Another CIA Torture Briefing Error
It’s not just former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) who’ve alleged that the CIA’s list of briefings for congress on the “enhanced interrogations” regime is incorrect. Yesterday Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.), chairman of the House appropriations committee, sent CIA Director Leon Panetta this just-released letter identifying a new error:
In light of current controversy about CIA briefing practices, I was surprised to learn that the agency erroneously listed an appropriations staffer as being in a key briefing on September 19, 2006, when in fact he was not. The list the agency released entitled “Member Briefings on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs)”, shows that House Appropriations Committee defense appropriations staffer Paul Juola was in that briefing on that date. In fact, Mr. Juola recollects that he walked members to the briefing room, met General Hayden and Mr.Walker, who were the briefers, and was told that he could not attend the briefing. We request that you immediately correct this record.
You can see the CIA’s briefing schedule if you click through this Wall Street Journal piece. I’ve asked CIA for a response and will update if and when I get one.