CIA destroys evidence of torture

December 6, 2007 | Filed Under News 

According to the NY Times:

The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Al Qaeda operatives in the agency’s custody, a step it took in the midst of Congressional and legal scrutiny about the C.I.A’s secret detention program, according to current and former government officials.

The issue of torture, war crimes and illegal interrogation techniques is a major topic in America. In 2005 the CIA decides that it would be wise to delete any known evidence of illegal interrogation techniques. The question is, WHY? Is it about covering the government’s tracks, is it about protecting our President? What would move anyone to destroy evidence of an injustice, heinous or cruel, unusual act by agents of the United States?

The videotapes showed agency operatives in 2002 subjecting terror suspects — including Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee in C.I.A. custody — to severe interrogation techniques. They were destroyed in part because officers were concerned that tapes documenting controversial interrogation methods could expose agency officials to greater risk of legal jeopardy, several officials said.

The C.I.A. said today that the decision to destroy the tapes had been made “within the C.I.A. itself,” and they were destroyed to protect the safety of undercover officers and because they no longer had intelligence value. The agency was headed at the time by Porter J. Goss. Through a spokeswoman, Mr. Goss declined this afternoon to comment on the destruction of the tapes.

The next obvious question is, if we can’t trust our government, who can we trust? They are furiously going after terrorists and trying to protect America from “evil”, but who will protect us from the people in our administration that seek to do America harm? This is a legitimate question, what a sad time we’re living in.

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