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  • Greens to Dems: probe Pelosi on Torture

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 12, 2007

    Forwarded by the Green Party of the United States

    News Advisory

    Monday, December 10, 2007

    Contacts: Susan King, spokesperson, 415.823-5524,
    funking at
    Cres Vellucci, press secretary, 916.996-9170,
    greenparty-press at
    Dr. Robert Vizzard, spokesperson, 916.206 8953,
    thevizz at
    Sara Amir, spokesperson, 310.270-7106,
    saraamir at

    Democratic Party state leadership urged by Greens
    to lean on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to learn
    the truth about her complicity in CIA torture

    SACRAMENTO (Dec. 10, 2007) – The Green Party of California today called on California Democratic Party state and federal lawmakers to urge House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) to respond about what she knew, and what she did – if anything – in 2002 when she was given a “virtual tour” of the CIA’s torture program.

    According to reports this past weekend, the CIA said there were no objections raised by members
    of Congress, including at least two democrats, who were briefed and given a virtual tour of the
    CIA’s torture program, including the use of the illegal and controversial waterboarding

    “We are asking the Democratic state leadership, including elected state and federal lawmakers, to
    urge Rep. Pelosi to tell all of us what happened in 2002, and not hide behind a cloak of secrecy,” said Cres Vellucci, a Vietnam veteran and member of the GPCA Veterans Caucus.

    While the Democratic Party leadership, including Pelosi, have maintained they are opposed to the
    Iraq war, and torture, and blame the Republican Party and the Bush Administration, the Green
    Party has insisted both of the major parties are complicit in the continuing killing in Iraq.

    “That Democratic Party lawmakers are being briefed about torture, and then tacitly agreeing
    with it is one more example that voters in California are being misled when they are being
    told the Democratic Party is the answer to ending this war.

    “The complicity of Democrats in CIA torture is not necessarily a surprise to us. The Green Party
    of California has been opposed to the war before it even started, and our candidates for local,
    state and federal office have insisted they are the true anti-war alternative choice for voters,
    not the Democratic Party,” added Vellucci.

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