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Today’s Documents –obtained by the ACLU on 15 April 2010– also show that the methods used on Zabaydah went even beyond those approved in the expansive Yoo and Bybee Torture Memos. In April 2002, “due to a misunderstanding” Zabaydah was subjected to more than the approved 48 hours of sleep deprivation. Additionally, “the disparity in numbers” and the “method of water application” used on Zabaydah was also “at odds with the Bybee opinion.”
The request to destroy the tapes was made just days after the Washington Post revealed that the CIA was using covert “black site” prisons to detain prisoners in the War on Terror. Including one in Thailand. Coincidence?
Despite 2004 instructions from Attorney General Roberto Gonzalez and Legal Counsel David Addington not to destroy the tapes, a request for their destruction was made on 5 November 2005. This request (whose author is still unknown) dubiously citied the support of the Inspector General and General Counsel for the destruction of the videos. Five days later, Rodriguez sent a memo approving the destruction of the tapes. The memo repeated the dubious claim that, “no legal or OIG requirement to continue to retain the tapes” existed. The 92 tapes were destroyed on 9 November 2008 from 910 AM to 1230 PM.
"Believe this is the end of it."
Two emails (their author is also unknown) shed the most light about the reasons for the destruction of the videos. The first email, written to CIA Executive Director Dusty Foggo (who was eventually convicted of committing bribery in the Duke Cunningham scandal), explained that if the tapes went public they “would make us [the CIA] look terrible.” Therefore, the email recounted, Rodreuez, prefered to take the lesser heat of destroying evidence than the greater heat of possibly being exposed as a torturer. CIA Director Porter Goss (apparently not too concerned) joked that he might actually be the one who took the heat.
The second email is more damning. First, it stated that the memo requesting to destroy the tapes either “lied” about or “misstated” the Inspector General’s permission to destroy the documents. Second, it reveals that those who wanted the videos to be destroyed were active in Zabaydah’s “interrogation.” Here’s million dollar sentence: “It is not without relevance that [redacted] figured prominently in the tapes, as [redacted] was in charge of [redacted] at the time and clearly would want the tapes destroyed.” That’s right, a CIA agent may have tortured a prisoner, and then fibbed in a memo asking that the tapes of him possibly committing this torture be destroyed. And his request to destroy the evidence was approved by Jose Rodriguez.
So will those complicit in tapes’ destruction “avoid the heat?” We’ll see. The Washington Post recently reported that Assistant U.S. Attorney John H. Durham’s two-year investigation of the tape’s destruction is winding down; he may soon announce incitements. Jose Rodriguez has refused to testify. Guess he can’t take the heat.
if the tapes went public they “would make us [the CIA] look terrible
Originally posted by anon72
Pretty intense to look at the actually CIA photograph of the suspect after being talked to. Up close and personal. I started to feel for the guy-and then I remember those poor souls jumping out of the World Trade Center. Then I think: Death to them all and the torture can't be bad enough.