I just love watching the news on Fridays. The most interesting things come out at the very end of the week. Like this story, broken by the New York Times today,:
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.
Go read it, people. It’s so Nixonian, I swear I think it’s 1974 again. Cue the disco music, guys, it’s the perfect background music for this obscenity.
/shaking head in disgust…
This is going to be short and sweet, because I have a very long commute and not a lot of time in the morning for blogging. But I HAD to say something about this.
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.
Why I am outraged is beyond me. This administration does so much illegal, immoral, unethical stuff it is mind-boggling. I get outrage whiplash every damn day, watching this stuff. There’s nothing the Bushies won’t do. There are no boundaries. And when they destroy the evidence, it makes it that much harder to call them to account. But, just as in the Nixon era, destruction of evidence is evidence itself of a cover-up, and that is a crime.