Thursday, December 06, 2007

They Won't Fit in the Paper Shredder

They're video cassettes!

Way way back in 2005, the CIA possessed video tapes of some harsh interrogations of a couple of terrorists completed in 2002. They realized that the tapes might be released to the public and put the agency in a precarious legal bind over their methodology. 

So the tapes were destroyed.

Here's a link to the story.

The immediately shocking thing about this to me was that CIA director Michael Hayden informed members of the House and Senate intel committees about the existence of the tapes and the CIA's plans to destroy them. There were Democrats on those committees. Apparently, nobody lifted a finger.

This was in 2005, weeks before the Washington Post revealed the existence of the secret overseas prisons being used to rough up high profile detainees.

The Iraq War resolution mulligan request is one thing...
"if we knew then what we know now..."

We pay a price when the party supposedly representing progressive values totally sell out in order to not be called cowards or terrorist kissers or something... Why didn't they demand preservation of the tapes? Did they not ask questions as to the nature of the tapes? Or why they were being destroyed? I'm sure there's more to this story, right now the reports do not provide a whole lot of depth.

Boy, wouldn't the following Democrats in the Senate and House (respectively):

John Rockefeller IV (WV), Carl Levin (MI), Diane Fienstein (CA), Ron Wyden (OR), Evan Bayh (IN), Jon Corzine (NJ), and Barbara Mikulski (MD)

Jane Harman (CA), Alcee Hastings (FL), Silvestre Reyes (TX), Leonard Boswell (IA), Bud Cramer (AL), Anna Eshoo (CA), Rush Holt (NJ), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD), and John Tierney (MA)

like to have a time machine right now.

How could they have known that the CIA's interrogation tapes were to become extremely relevant in a debate over the morality and constitutionality of the Bush administration's interrogation policy?

I mean, this was way back in 2005. 
These reports from early 2005 and prior are TOTALLY UNRELATED: 

May 21, 2004: Abu Ghraib Scandal

The Amnesty International link provides a detailed accounting of the Bush administration's record on torture to that point. It wouldn't exactly make one trustworthy of the CIA's decision to start destroying evidence. But how could we expect our elected officials to have read the report or to have had any insight on the matter? I mean that would be unfair.

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