…is shocked by his former colleagues’ apparent amnesia over briefings on interrogation techniques. He writes in today’s Washington Post:
Let me be clear. It is my recollection that:
–The chairs and the ranking minority members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, known as the Gang of Four, were briefed that the CIA was holding and interrogating high-value terrorists.
–We understood what the CIA was doing.
–We gave the CIA our bipartisan support.
–We gave the CIA funding to carry out its activities.
–On a bipartisan basis, we asked if the CIA needed more support from Congress to carry out its mission against al-Qaeda.
I do not recall a single objection from my colleagues. They did not vote to stop authorizing CIA funding. And for those who now reveal filed “memorandums for the record” suggesting concern, real concern should have been expressed immediately — to the committee chairs, the briefers, the House speaker or minority leader, the CIA director or the president’s national security adviser — and not quietly filed away in case the day came when the political winds shifted. And shifted they have.