Judge Hellerstein, after reviewing some contents from the CIA’s torture tape library, has taken the next step in forcing CIA to turn over some of that information to the ACLU.
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The CIA put together an inventory of their torture tape library. But they are not going to hand it over.
We can discern a few details from the torture tape inventory the ACLU just got.
In addition to the news that the CIA destroyed 92 torture tapes, DOJ has informed Judge Hellerstein that we will shortly get a list of all the witnesses who may have viewed those tapes.
Jane Mayer’s Dark Side corroborates something I’ve been arguing. The CIA IG’s report on torture–which concluded that CIA’s interrogation methods were cruel and inhumane–was one of the things that made the CIA panic and destroy the torture tapes.
By now, the story of the CIA’s destruction of the “torture tapes” is well known. However, yesterday, an insufficiently noticed page A-16 story by Dan Eggen in the Washington Post, appears to put the lie to the defenses the Administration has posited to date and raise serious issues in relation to intentional, malicious destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice.
HPSCI is reportedly making progress on its Torture Tape investigation.
The CIA’s response to a court order in the Hani Abdullah suit seems to suggest that John Durham believes some files pertinent to the torture tapes may have gotten destroyed by CIA’s OIG.
ABC’s story on the detailed briefings the Principals’ committee received on the torture of top detainees seems designed to focus the attention of the torture tape inquiry on the top lawyers in the Administration who had a motive to approve the destruction of the torture tapes.
The CIA has responded to the ACLU’s motion to hold them in contempt for destroying evidence ACLU had FOIAed. Their entire response relies on the technicalities by which OIG avoided taking possession of the torture tapes.