CIA destroyed tapes of interogation techniques in 2005

In Bush/Cheney Administration, Foreign Affairs on December 7, 2007 by Editor Z

The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005, destroyed videotapes that recorded a pair of suspects being interrogated.The recordings were made in 2002, and show suspects subject to such highly controversial methods as “water boarding”, which many deem to fall under the legal definition of torture. This in a story printed in the New York Times today.

President Bush, however has always vehemently denied that the U.S government sanctions anything that would be considered torture.

CIA director Michael Hayden, who was not head of the CIA when these tapes were presumably made, states in a memo to employees at the CIA that the tapes were made to:

“The Agency was determined that it proceed in accord with established legal and policy guidelines. So on its own, the CIA began to videotape interrogations.”

In an October letter Hayden revealed the existence of the program to CIA employees after it had been leaked, calling the program “small, carefully run, and highly productive.” However, he also insists that the tapes were disposed of only after there was

“the absence of any legal or internal reason to keep them.”

Hayden goes on to explain that the tapes were destroyed because “The Tapes posed a serious security risk”, because if leaked to the broader public they could reveal the identities and faces of CIA agents and put them in danger.

The tapes were allegedly destroyed in 2005, just as cases in higher courts were beginning to be heard, and the House and Senate began debating such issues. Specifically there was one court case that same year by a U.S District Court

In May 2005, U.S District Judge Leone Brinkmea ordered the government to disclose whether interrogations were recorded. the government objected to that order, and the Judge modified it on November 3, 2005 to ask for conformation as to whether the government “has video or audio tapes of these interrogations” and then named specific ones. Eleven days later the government denied it had video or audio tapes of those interrogations.

Human Rights groups reportedly are reacting with outrage, and the relevant committees in the House and Senate pledge to review the matter.

MY TAKE: These practices are a violation of America’s true values. But the most outrageous is the destruction of such tapes and the utter disregard this administration has for the law. this country is one that is made of laws, not of men. But this administration believes they are exempt from the eye and responsibility of the law. That is un-American. Destroying evidence requested by a court would fall under the category of obstruction of justice, any ordinary person convicted of such a crime could be sentenced to a prison term. But the Bush/Cheney administrations contempt for the concept of oversight, accountability, law, and the constitution, and hence the American people transcends any boundaries.

Even Nixon didn’t destroy the Watergate tapes. But hey I am not surprised the administration has done something like this.



One Response to “CIA destroyed tapes of interogation techniques in 2005”

  1. thats kinda scary….i dont want our government to torture people.

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