couldn't say anything.....what a douchebag.... Pelosi defense: couldn't object in '03 - Glenn Thrush and John Bresnahan - POLITICO.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned in early 2003 that the Bush administration was waterboarding terror detainees but didnt protest directly out of respect for appropriate legislative channels, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The Pelosi camps version of events is intended to answer two key questions posed by her critics: When, precisely, did she first learn about waterboarding? And why didnt she do more to stop it? Pelosi has disputed a CIA document, released last week, that shows she was briefed in September 2002 on the particular interrogation techniques the United States had used on Al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah. Pelosi has said she was told then only that the Bush administration was considering using certain techniques in the future and that it had the legal authority to do so.