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Who attended 'torture' briefings? A GOP lawmaker wants to know.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra seeks full disclosure about who on Capitol Hill knew about US interrogation methods – a move that may put certain Democrats on the spot.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, shown during a news conference earlier this month, said last week she had been briefed on 'enhanced interrogation' of terrorism suspects but was not aware at the time that waterboarding, or simulated drowning, was being practiced.

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President Obama’s decision to make public four Bush-era memos authorizing “enhanced interrogation techniques” of terrorist suspects is now putting key Democrats on the spot, too.

The top Republican on the House intelligence committee is calling for the release of the names all members of Congress briefed on these techniques, as well as the substance of those briefings.

The practice during the Bush years was to restrict highly classified intelligence oversight hearings to the so-called gang of eight – that is, the party leaders of both the House and Senate (speaker of the House, Senate majority leader, and minority leaders of the House and Senate), as well as the chairman and ranking minority-party members of the House and Senate intelligence panels. But attendance at these briefings varied. Republicans want clarification on who, exactly, attended the briefings, what they knew, and what they found out, and what they did about it.

In a bid to get a “full and accurate picture,” Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R) of Michigan released Monday the text of a letter to the Director of National Intelligence calling for a full and accurate list of members who were briefed on the issue. The list provided to date is “incomplete and inaccurate,” he wrote.

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