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WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 — The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Qaeda operatives in the agency’s custody, a step it took in the midst of Congressional and legal scrutiny about its secret detention program, according to current and former government officials.
In a statement to employees on Thursday, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the C.I.A. director, said that the decision to destroy the tapes was made “within the C.I.A.” and that they were destroyed to protect the safety of undercover officers and because they no longer had intelligence value.
The CIA acknowledges that these early interrogations were harsh, but Mr Hayden says that the CIA's internal watchdogs saw the tapes in 2003 and verified that the techniques used were legal.
But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, said the tapes' destruction was troubling:
"The damage is compounded when such actions are hidden away from accountability," he said.
The American Civil Liberties Union has accused the agency of showing an utter disregard for the law.
The CIA's failure to make the tapes available to a federal court hearing the case of the terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui or to the 9/11 commission could amount to obstruction of justice, according to the New York Times.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US, President George W Bush authorised the use of "harsh techniques" in the interrogation of suspected terrorist.
The videos were, according to the New York Times, wiped in 2005, at the time the agency was being scrutinised about its secret detention programme.
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
We have all kinds of procedures for safeguarding national security secrets and if these tapes had been required for use as evidence, it would be to a closed court or a closed congressional committee. You don't trust them, but you trust the CIA? There are transcripts and other records of the interrogations so your argument is just ridiculous.