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Hayden Says CIA Videotapes Destroyed

December 6th, 2007 . by TexasFred

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA videotaped its interrogations of two top terror suspects in 2002 and destroyed the tapes three years later out of fear they would leak to the public and compromise the identities of U.S. questioners, the director of the agency told employees Thursday.

The disclosure brought immediate condemnation from Capitol Hill and from a human rights group which charged the spy agency’s action amounted to criminal destruction of evidence.

The Senate Intelligence Committee promised a full review of the situation.

CIA Director Michael Hayden said the CIA began taping the interrogations as an internal check on the program after President Bush authorized the use of harsh questioning methods. The methods included waterboarding, which simulates drowning, government officials said.

“The Agency was determined that it proceed in accord with established legal and policy guidelines. So, on its own, CIA began to videotape interrogations,” Hayden said in a written message to CIA employees, obtained by The Associated Press.

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Hayden Says CIA Videotapes Destroyed

The tapes have been destroyed…

I’m sorry your Honor, but I have NO recollection of that incident…

No your Honor, I’m sorry, my memory of that event is very fuzzy, I’m not sure I even know what you’re talking about…

Your Honor, at this time, I am going to invoke my rights under the 5th amendment of the Constitution…

No Congressman, I can’t divulge that information in open session, it’s considered classified and could be dangerous to agents in the field…

The defendants will rise and face the jury…

WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN ‘they got presidential pardons’??

And the beat goes on, anyone want to take bets on it??

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3 Responses to “Hayden Says CIA Videotapes Destroyed”

  1. comment number 1 by: gunz

    No doubt, the beat goes on…

  2. comment number 2 by: BobF

    From what I’ve been reading on this, their was no mandate for the CIA to videotape these interrogations. This was something they did on their own to make sure things were done properly and for possible training of new agents. Their was nothing requiring them to keep these videotapes; now laws were broken.

    The Democrats are all up in arms because someone said Valery Plame, an analyst, works for the CIA but they want tapes of actual covert agents doing interrogations. And, since we all know how well Congress keeps things secret and never leaks to the press, our agents will be well protected. This is all done in the “Spook” world and they do things we don’t need to know.

  3. comment number 3 by: TexasFred

    Yeah, I know Bob, but that won’t stop the Dems from raising all kinds of hell and generating the scenario I wrote about, I have total faith in the Dems and their ability to screw up everything…