CIA Destroyed 92 Interogation Videotapes

In Crime, legal issues/law/courts, shameful, U.S government, war on terror on March 2, 2009 by Editor Z

In 2007 it was revealed that two videotapes had been destroyed after requests were made for them in a federal court during the trail of suspected 9/11 conspirator Zachrius Mossoui as well as the 9/11 Commission. In 2003 and 2005 government officials denied that such tapes existed in the trial of Zachrius Moussoui. The tapes were allegedly destroyed in 2005. The Justification for this was that the disclosure of the tape, that shows U.S Intelligence officials interrogating Al-Queda suspects would jeopardize the two Intel officials in charge and subject them to legal penalties.

There has been an investigation into the matter, but today it was revealed that the volume of tapes destroyed is far greater then initially thought. Rather then two videotapes, it is said now that 92 were destroyed.

WASHINGTON (AP) – New documents show the CIA destroyed nearly 100 tapes of terror interrogations, far more than has previously been acknowledged.

The revelation Monday comes as a criminal prosecutor is wrapping up his investigation in the matter.

The acknowledgment of dozens of destroyed tapes came in a letter filed by government lawyers in New York, where the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking more details of the Bush administration’s terror interrogation programs following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“The CIA can now identify the number of videotapes that were destroyed,” said the letter by Acting U.S. Attorney Lev Dassin. “Ninety two videotapes were destroyed.”

ACLU attorney Amrit Singh said the CIA should be held in contempt of court for holding back the information for so long.

“The large number of videotapes destroyed confirms that the agency engaged in a systematic attempt to hide evidence of its illegal interrogations and to evade the court’s order,” Singh said in a statement.

Its shocking that this story hasn’t yet received more attention. After all if this is true, the CIA could face and perhaps the government could face charges of obstruction of Justice.

A criminal offense that involves interference, through words or actions, with the proper operations of a court or officers of the court.

The integrity of the judicial system depends on the participants’ acting honestly and without fear of reprisals. Threatening a judge, trying to bribe a witness, or encouraging the destruction of evidence are examples of obstruction of justice. Federal and state laws make it a crime to obstruct justice.

If any ordinary any person was to do this they would at least face the risk of civil or criminal charges. Why should it be different for the government. These laws are designed to protect the integrity and strength of our great judicial system and our government at large. If these laws are violated these government officials are impeding the wheels of justice and imperiling our system that is not composed of the motto “the ends justify the means”, but that we are a people, whose government is made of laws. But it looks that many at least in the past administration and maybe remaining encrusted in the government and its agencies disagree. If the letter of the law is worth the value of our flag, the sacrifices that have been made to sustain it, the vision of those who fought to establish a free and independent America, or even equal to the value of the paper it is written on, action has to be taken. The idea that laws are for the little people to follow has to be rectified.



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