At the moment it seems that if this happened to Nancy Pelosi's kids, and she was holding the razor that she'd give them bon-bons and let them go. But a few years ago, they woulda lost an ear.
As it turns out Nancy Pelosi and the entire Intelligence Committee knew what was being done to extract information from Al Qaida terrorists and not only approved - but they wanted MORE.
The leaders of the intelligence committees of both houses of Congress — the so-called Gang of Four — were thoroughly briefed on the tactics being used back then, including waterboarding. Their response? To quote the testimony of Porter Goss, who served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee before he was director of the CIA, “the reaction in the room was not just approval, but encouragement.”
When this bipartisan set of congressional leaders — which included Nancy Pelosi, now speaker of the House — got an hour-long virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas prisons, and the harsh tactics used there, including waterboarding, no objections were raised.
Indeed, according to officials present, at least two of the lawmakers asked the CIA to push harder for information. The official conducting the briefing “was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough,” to quote one of the participants in a meeting held in September of 2002.