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Former Senator Bob Graham: I wasn't told.

Greg Sergent interviews one of my favorite people, Bob Graham, former senator from Florida. Senator Graham, who was chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee when 9/11 happened, keeps a personal diary which is very detailed.  If anyone would know what was said when, it would be him.

From Plumline:

Former Senator Bob Graham, who received a classified briefing on terror detainees during the same month in the fall of 2002 as Nancy Pelosi, was not briefed about the use of either waterboarding or enhanced interrogation techniques during the meeting, he claimed in an interview with me.

Graham’s assertion — his first public comments since the release of the intelligence document detailing torture briefings given to members of Congress — directly contradicts the document’s claim that he had been briefed on enhanced interrogation techniques, or EITs. Graham is now the second Dem official to deny on the record the document’s contents and raises questions about its claim that Pelosi had been told, which she has denied.

“I do not have any recollection of being briefed on waterboarding or other forms of extraordinary interrogation techniques, or Abu Zubaydah being subjected to them,” Graham told me by phone moments ago, in a reference to the terror suspect who had been repeatedly waterboarded the month before.

Graham is the only other Dem aside from Pelosi to get briefed in 2002, so they are both in effect asserting that no Dem was briefed on the use of EITs that year. The date of the next briefing was in February 2003.

Graham claimed he would have remembered if he’d been told about the use of torture. “Something as unexpected and dramatic as that would be the kind of thing that you would normally expect to recall even years later,” he said. (more…)

By |2009-05-15T22:09:30-04:00May 15th, 2009|Domestic Issues, Senate, Torture|Comments Off on Former Senator Bob Graham: I wasn't told.

Where’s the Outrage podcast 3-18-06

This was my first show on WPEK in Asheville, NC.  I had 2 great guests – Senate Bob Graham – Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee during 9/11 and author of Intelligence Matters.  PJ Crowley of the Center for American Progress who is an expert on border security.

By |2012-05-02T16:19:48-04:00June 8th, 2006|Podcasts|Comments Off on Where’s the Outrage podcast 3-18-06
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