Pelosi, Panetta and Feinstein: The California Connection

The torture debate is a national issue, but state rivalries are playing a role

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Republicans' claims that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed about the CIA’s "enhanced interrogation techniques" placed her and other California politicians under a microscope. Leon Panetta, head of the CIA and a longtime California politician, has been friends with Pelosi for years, but now the two are pitted against each other. And Dianne Feinstein, the California Senator, is siding with Pelosi, cementing her opposition to Panetta. How will these California rivalries affect the national debate over torture? To help us understand the California trio, we talk to Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle’s Washington Correspondent.
"You can say a lot about Pelosi, but lying is just not really part of her M.O."
—Carolyn Lochhead of the San Francisco Chronicle on CIA briefings on waterboarding


Carolyn Lochhead

Hosted by:

Andrea Bernstein


Noel King and Stephanie Loleng

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