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(FILES) US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi listens during a press conference prior to the budget vote with the Democratic leadership in this April 2, 2009 file photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Pelosi, a key ally of President Barack Obama, has come under fire over whether she has long known about harsh interrogation tactics used in George W. Bush’s “war on terror.” “She was briefed on it and if she felt it was wrong she should have acted,” Senator John McCain, the losing 2008 Republican presidential nominee, told reporters May 12, 2009. Most of the criticism has focused on why, if briefed, Pelosi did not do more to stop the use of waterboarding, or simulated drowning, a technique many say amounts to torture. AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images) Original Filename: Was2333631.jpg