On May 14, 2009, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) misled the US Congress about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques under the Bush administration by explicitly stating that they were not utilizing the controversial technique known as waterboarding. Pelosi's statements followed the release of four CIA interrogation memos outlining CIA interrogation techniques and their legal rationale. Prior to Pelosi's claims, US President Barack Obama had also spoken out to affirm his position that waterboarding constitutes torture and should be banned from use by US intelligence and military officials. However, Obama stated that he would not seek to prosecute those in the CIA who received approval from the Bush administration to use such techniques.
Learn more about enhanced interrogation techniques and waterboarding from the JURIST news archive, and read an argument against the necessity of enhanced interrogation techniques with an article by JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust in Forum.