Mukasey has appointed John Durham to investigate the torture tape destruction. From the sounds of a profile of Durham, Mukasey’s not fucking around.
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If Mary McCarthy’s allegations about the testimony of a senior CIA official in June 2005 are true, then it seems clear that one purpose of destroying the terror tapes–among many–was to destroy evidence that the official lied to Congress.
Yes, the NYT story tells us something we were safe to assume: that David Addington and Alberto Gonzales were involved in the torture tape destruction conversations. But I’m more interested in that news in light of the mounting evidence that Jose Rodriguez got legal advice that he could destroy the tapes in seeming isolation from all the discussions about the wisdom of destroying the tapes or even the explicit court orders regarding the torture tapes.
The reaction of members of Congress to news that the torture tapes were destroyed mystifies me. Crazy Pete Hoekstra’s on the same side as the Democrats. Porter Goss has a phalange of spokespeople but is apparently in hiding. Jello Jay Rockefeller seems to have taken cues from the CIA. For once, Jane Harman looks like she did the right thing! And I’m thinking of putting out an APB for Pat Roberts, who seems to have left the country.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who authorized torture under the Bush administration, passed away today at age 88. *spit*
The best way to explain apparent dishonesty in Gina Haspel’s testimony the other day is that she was the ultimate target of the Durham investigation, the person who had been involve in destroying the tapes in a first round, in 2002, and in a second round to hide the first round of destruction, in 2005.
Gina Haspel’s different treatment of Jane Harman’s opposition to destroying the torture tapes and Carl Levin’s moves to conduct an inquiry into torture suggest she really didn’t care about Congressional concerns about retaining the tapes.
Gina Haspel’s testimony was remarkably damaging for her.
The difference between whether Gina Haspel oversaw the torture of both Abu Zubaydah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri or just the latter is critical to claims that she only did things authorized by the OLC memo.
This is an outdated replacement for one I’ve lost–I’m still looking for that one. September 17, 2001: Bush signs Memorandum of Notification authorizing CIA to capture, detain, and interrogate al Qaeda figures. September 2001: CIA/OGC begins research on interrogations issues. October 21, 2001: OLC memo eviscerating 4th Amendment. December 17, 2001: DoD OGC asks JPRA […]