Tuesday, December 11, 2007

U.S. Attorney Says Two CIA Interrogation Tapes Thought Destroyed in '05 Still Exist

Accusations of a cover-up of video evidence of alleged torture tactics by the CIA in interrogating terror suspects in the wake of the destruction of hundreds of hours of CIA interrogation videos are almost certain to intensify after a U.S. attorney disclosed that at least two such tapes still exist -- contrary to a public statement by CIA Director Michael Hayden (pictured above) that the videos were destroyed in 2005. (Photo courtesy ABC News)

I wasn't gonna post about this story. Everybody and his/her cat has, but this is a whole new spin on it.

The tapes likely were not destroyed as claimed by Hayden.
A letter by a Virginia-based U.S. attorney to a federal appeals court appears to contradict CIA Director Michael Hayden's public statements on the destruction of hundreds of hours of video footage of "extreme" interrogations of suspected al-Qaida operatives by strongly indicating that at least two of the videos still exist, The 'Skeeter Bites Report has learned.

Charles Rosenberg, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, wrote that his office viewed two videotapes of CIA interrogations of al-Qaida suspects as recently as September 19 and October 18 of this year -- contrary to Hayden's statement that the tapes were destroyed in 2005.

So now we have the CIA claiming, in 2003, no such tapes existed. Then they admitted the non-existent tapes were destroyed in 2005. And finally we learn that probably was a lie too. The tapes did exist as recently as October 2007.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave.

And we don't appreciate other's weaving their own webs.



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