Friday, December 7, 2007

And Speaking of Interrogations

When I saw this yesterday, I noted to friends that this makes Watergate look like child's play:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 — 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 videotapes showed agency operatives in 2002 subjecting terror suspects — including Abu Zubayda, 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.

And by "severe interrogation techniques" they mean torture.

Always feckless and preachy, but sometimes right, Dick Durbin, et al., are calling for investigations and hearings. I've been to too many Senate Judiciary Hearings to think that much, if anything, will come out of them (How many times did it take to get Gonzales gone?), but I'd like to see them anyway.

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