Shredding Stuff and Proud of It

Aren’t people supposed to be sneaky about this sort of thing

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.

The videotapes showed agency operatives in 2002 subjecting terrorism suspects — including Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee in C.I.A. custody — to severe interrogation techniques. The tapes were destroyed in part because officers were concerned that video showing harsh interrogation methods could expose agency officials to legal risks, several officials said.

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.

Whew. Undercover CIA agents are safe from war crimes prosecutions. Breathing easier? Meanwhile, Congress is inching towards outlawing the CIA’s license to torture. As if that will do any good.

A Congressional conference committee voted late Wednesday to outlaw those interrogation practices, but the measure has yet to pass the full House and Senate and is likely to face a veto from Mr. Bush.

So the CIA does dirty deeds, destroys the evidence, and goes its merry way — except that now it admits it openly!

You know what this means, don’t you?

New life for this:



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