Pelosi said she believed Cheney, an influential figure in
U.S. security policy under former President George W. Bush, was
proud of the CIA's actions during the Republican administration.
"I do believe that during the Bush-Cheney administration, that
Vice President Cheney set a tone and an attitude for the CIA,"
Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union" program.
"Many people in the CIA are so patriotic, they protect our
country in a way to avoid conflict and violence," she said,
adding the agency's "attitude" came from Cheney. "I think he's
proud of it."
Pelosi's comments came after the U.S. Senate Intelligence
Committee voted last week to declassify and release portions of
a report on an investigation into the CIA's detention and
interrogation practices after the September 11 attacks, which
critics say amounted to torture.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democratic chairwoman of the panel,
said the report exposes brutality and chronicles "a stain on our
history that must never be allowed to happen again".
Congressional and intelligence sources have said the report
strongly condemns now-abandoned techniques such as water
boarding, or simulated drowning, and concludes they did not
produce significant counter-terrorism breakthroughs.
It is expected to be weeks or more before any of the document is
cleared for release.
Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers,
responding to Pelosi, warned against politicizing the report
ahead of November's midterm elections and said it was not "the
"That politicizes this in a way that's horribly
counterproductive and likely to lead people to the wrong
conclusions," he said on CNN.
He said he had "real misgivings" about the investigation, which
some Republicans have criticized as partisan.
(Writing by John Whitesides; editing by Jim Loney and Stephen
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