CIA destroyed torture evidence

This video from the USA, 19 December 2007, is called Dan Abrams – Destruction of CIA Torture Tapes.

From the BBC:

The Central intelligence Agency (CIA) [of the USA] has destroyed 92 tapes of interviews conducted with terror suspects, a US government lawyer has admitted.

The agency had previously said that it had destroyed only two tapes.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a lawsuit against the CIA to seek details of the interrogations of terror suspects.

Techniques involved are understood to have included water-boarding, which the Obama administration says is torture.

What next? The CIA admitting it was not 92 tapes, but 9292 tapes?

In a long-anticipated action, the Justice Department, at the direction of Attorney General Eric Holder, finally released today [2 March 2009] the controversial memos used by the Bush Administration to support its erosion of constitutional rights [by torture]: here.

US Justice Department memos: the specter of military dictatorship: here.

The controversy generated by Senator Patrick Leahy’s effort to organize a “truth commission” underscores the fragility of social relations in the US and the real threat of police-state dictatorship: here.

GOP senator would support probe of ‘shocking’ anti-terror memos: here.

The FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center acknowledged this week that there are more than 1 million names on its official terrorist watch list, a number that suggests the vast scale of the police-state measures undertaken by the US government on the pretext of waging a “war on terror”: here.

CIA reveals it has 3,000 pages of documents relating to destroyed interrogation tapes: here.

21 thoughts on “CIA destroyed torture evidence

  1. Sen. Patrick Leahy recently proposed a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate abuses during the Bush-Cheney Administration – so they never happen again. These abuses include the use of torture, extraordinary rendition, and executive override of laws.

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  2. Mar 7, 1:22 AM EST

    CIA destroyed 12 harsh interrogation tapes

    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA destroyed a dozen videotapes of harsh interrogations of terror suspects, according to documents filed Friday in a lawsuit over the government’s treatment of detainees. The 12 tapes were part of a larger collection of 92 videotapes of terror suspects that the CIA destroyed. The extent of the tape destruction was disclosed through a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the government.

    Heavily redacted papers filed in the case indicate a dozen destroyed tapes show so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

    The CIA’s enhanced interrogation methods are secret, but they once included waterboarding, which simulates drowning.

    As part of the Bush administration’s response to the 2001 terror attacks, the CIA held fewer than 100 prisoners at secret sites and used harsh interrogation methods on about one-third of them, according to agency officials. Former CIA director Michael Hayden has acknowledged that waterboarding was used on three suspects.

    The ACLU’s lawsuit on detainee treatment has been on hold while a separate criminal investigation was conducted into the destruction of the tapes.

    The criminal investigation includes interrogations of al-Qaida lieutenant Abu Zubaydah and another top al-Qaida leader. Tapes of those interrogations were destroyed, in part, the Bush administration said, to protect the identities of the government questioners at a time the Justice Department was debating whether or not the tactics used during the interrogations were legal.

    That probe is now winding down, and government lawyers signaled earlier this week that they would begin providing some of the answers the ACLU had been seeking.

    Government lawyers say they will provide a further accounting of other records relating to the tapes later this month.

    The documents offered Friday were mostly redacted. A list of the tapes is almost completely blacked out.

    ACLU lawyer Amrit Singh criticized the government for “needlessly withholding information about these tapes from the public, despite the fact that the CIAs use of torture – including – is no secret.”

    In his first week as president, Barack Obama signed an order prohibiting the CIA from using coercive interrogation techniques that already are banned by the Pentagon. He also ordered the closing of secret CIA “black site” prisons abroad where terror suspects have been held.

    © 2009 The Associated Press.


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