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RUSH: Folks, do you remember that line you learned when you were a little kid — the philosophy question, logic question — ‘If a tree falls in the forest and no one’s there, does it make a sound?’ Remember that question?

Well, there’s a new version of this that I, ladies and gentlemen, would like to put forth: ‘If a liberal tells a whopper of a lie and no one reports it, is it a lie?’ Nancy Pelosi, who promised to clean up Washington — or was it to clean up in Washington? Hee-hee-hee-hee-hee. Nancy Pelosi is caught in a real whopper, such a whopper that she had to run off to Iraq in a ‘surprise visit’ yesterday to reframe the news. All right, all right. It wasn’t a lie. It’s a fashion statement. She wears Armani clothes, fashionable; Botox shots, fashionable; she’s against waterboarding, fashionable. Of course after 9/11 she was for waterboarding! That was fashion then: ‘Getting to the bottom of it,’ finding out who did what, saving American lives, preventing future attacks.

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats were as on-board as Dick Cheney was with waterboarding, whatever these ‘harsh techniques’ that are now being described where, they were all for these. She is lying through the teeth about being unaware of this. If a liberal tells a whopper of a lie and nobody reports it, is it a lie? You know, it’s interesting to note that most liberals, when caught in a lie, will run off to NBC or run off to Chris Matthews to appear on the show, but she stopped all activities. She went all the way to Iraq. Now, I have a different spin on Pelosi’s bald-faced lie (well, her Botox-faced lie) and it’s going to drive the left crazy. But first let’s listen to a couple audio sound bites. Let’s go back to April 23rd in Washington. Here is Pelosi denying and repeating to make it clear that she was not briefed on waterboarding.

PELOSI: We were not. I repeat, re– uh — not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used.

RUSH: They were! A bunch of members of Congress were, and when they were told, they also reacted in a way that asked, ‘Is this enough? Are we really doing enough to get to the bottom of this?’ The anti-Bush strategery — failure in Iraq, defeat for the United States — had not occurred to them yet. They had moistened their fingers and put them in the air, and they figured the American people were mad about this. The American people want to find out who did this and represented retribution — and of course the Democrats, always known as weak on national defense, had to go show that they were on board even more so. February 25th, Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC. When pressed by reporters, Pelosi gave an even more detailed denial.

PELOSI: No! No! The fact is they did not brief — Uh, well, first of all we’re not allowed to talk about what happens there, but — but I can say this. They did not brief us that these, um, enhanced interrogations were taking place. They did not brief us that was — They were talking about an array of, uh, uhhh, interrogations that they might have at their disposal.

MADDOW: Techniques in the abstract, as if they were not being used?

PELOSI: As — ah — uh — W-we were never told they were being used.

MADDOW: Were you told they weren’t being used?

PELOSI: Well, they just talk about them, but they — they did — they — th-th-the inference to be drawn from what they told us was that these are things that we think could be legal, and we have a difference of opinion on that. But they never told us that they were being used, because that would be a different story altogether.

RUSH: So I ask the question again: ‘When a liberal tells a lie and it’s not reported, is it a lie?’ She’s compounding the lie here. The Republicans in a little-noticed hearing last Thursday in Washington — this was during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce hearing — and the attorney general, Eric Holder, testified. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee: ‘What about members of Congress who were informed of these techniques or knew about them or approved them or encouraged them? Wouldn’t they also be appropriate parts of such an investigation?’

HOLDER: Our desire is not to do anything that would be perceived as political, as partisan. My responsibility is to enforce the laws of this nation — and to the extent that we see violations of those laws, um, we’ll take the appropriate action.

ALEXANDER: If you’re going to investigate the lawyers whose opinion was asked about whether this is legal or not, I would assume you could also go to the people who created the techniques, the officials who approved them, and the members of Congress who knew about them and may have encouraged them?

HOLDER: Hypothetically that might be true.

RUSH: ‘Hypothetically that might be true.’ So here’s a Republican zeroing in. All right, if you’re going to go after the lawyers that wrote the techniques and if you’re going to go after all these, what about members of Congress who knew about it and approved? And of course Eric Holder, ‘Weeeeell, hypothetically that might be true.’ He didn’t rule it out. But the bottom line here is, Pelosi is out saying she had no idea, which is patently false. As I say, which most of these people get caught in a lie they run off to NBC News, MSNBC, Chris Matthews, or whatever. But I think Nancy Pelosi actually deserves our praise — and she might even deserve a medal. She was the guardian of waterboarding. She knew about it. She was told it was going to happen. She knew it was happening, and she didn’t say anything. Without Pelosi’s cooperation, without Pelosi’s silence, waterboarding would not have been used — and all that intel we got, we would have never gotten. When all of these techniques were being used against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others at Guantanamo Bay, Nancy Pelosi knew they were being used. She was in on the briefings! She stayed silent. Nancy Pelosi was the guardian of waterboarding. Her silence permitted us to gain valuable intel. She deserves a medal.

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