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What do you do if you're a leader in the CIA and you know you have video tapes that could implicate your organization in crimes against humanity?
Simply destroy the material.
In legal circles that would be....ummm.....obstruction of justice. In the Bush administration, it's called standard operating procedure......
The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Al Qaeda operatives in the agency’s custody, a step it took in the midst of Congressional and legal scrutiny about the C.I.A’s secret detention program, according to current and former government officials.
The videotapes showed agency operatives in 2002 subjecting terror suspects — including Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee in C.I.A. custody — to severe interrogation techniques. They were destroyed in part because officers were concerned that tapes documenting controversial interrogation methods could expose agency officials to greater risk of legal jeopardy, several officials said.
The C.I.A. said today that the decision to destroy the tapes had been made “within the C.I.A. itself,” and they were destroyed to protect the safety of undercover officers and because they no longer had intelligence value. The agency was headed at the time by Porter J. Goss. Through a spokeswoman, Mr. Goss declined this afternoon to comment on the destruction of the tapes. Link
I wondered why Porter Goss was appointed to be the director of the CIA. Goss was like that character played by Harvey Keitel in "Pulp Fiction".....you know, "the cleaner".....comes in and orders any potentially damaging evidence to be cleaned up and destroyed.
"Pulp Fiction" must now be the official video operations manual for the CIA.
The lawlessness of governmental operations in America has NEVER before reached the disgusting depravity that is witnessed in the festering sewer that is the neo-con Bush/Cheney regime.
Lies about consensual fellatio, I realize, were, and still are to some, the source of endless hysteria about the terrible depravity and corruption of our last president and a warning, of course, of how our "moral values" had deteriorated so badly.
Destroying video evidence that implicates the CIA, and perhaps others, in criminal torture of detainees held in the American gulag of Guantanomo.....would be what then?......carrying out their patriotic duty?? Grounds to award the Medal of Freedom?
I would have never believed one two-term American presidential regime could destroy so much of America.
But I was wrong.
The CIA destroyed videotapes it made in 2002 of two top terror suspects because it was afraid that keeping them "posed a security risk," Director Michael Hayden has told agency employees.
Hayden's revelation to the CIA employees became public Thursday and it caused a commotion on Capitol Hill where members of the Senate Intelligence Committee immediately vowed to conduct a thorough review. A leading human rights group voiced alarm about it.
In his message to agency workers, Hayden said that House and Senate intelligence committee leaders had been informed of the existence of the tapes and the CIA's intention to destroy them to protect the identities of the questioners. He also said the CIA's internal watchdog watched the tapes in 2003 and verified that the interrogation practices were legal. Hayden said the tapes were destroyed three years after the 2002 interrogations.
Obstruction of justice by destroying potentially damaging evidence about inhumane torturing practices was necessary because those video tapes.....wait for it....."posed a security risk".
Now excuse me while I go break something up.