Did Susan Crawford admit the government had tortured Mohammed al-Qahtani because she knew there were tapes that might come out?
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Back in January 2008, the CIA’s OIG claimed it did not launch its investigation into torture in response to an allegation of wrongdoing. But that’s not what the IG Report itself said.
There’s a keystone to understanding the story from David Johnston (who frequently regurgitates highly motivated leaks) and Mark Mazzetti (CIA’s guy at NYT) on Dusty Foggo’s role in setting up the black sites run by the CIA: Foggo’s testimony in the torture tape investigation.
New filings by the ACLU. Dissect and discuss.Here andHere.
Jason Leopold reported on and posted a late update to the ongoing torture tape FOIA exchange. If I read the latest exchange correctly, Special Prosecutor John Durham is at least identifying–and potentially making available through FOIA–a number of recent documents on the torture tape destruction.
Today’s letter does two things. First, it withdraws John Durham’s objection to Judge Hellerstein’s order that:
The government shall produce documents relating to the destruction of the
A lot of people are nervous about Panetta’s statement in response to Pelosi’s accusation that CIA lied. It makes a lot more sense when you consider it against the background of the torture tape destruction.
The letter DOJ sent a letter to Leonie Brinkema to explain why it had neglected to admit there were torture tapes it didn’t disclose to her during the Moussaoui trial. The whole letter makes a lot more sense if James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen had had the tapes.
Michael Isikoff suggests that John Durham may be focusing on the Moussaoui requests for testimony from Abu Zubaydah and others. That may put CIA knowledge and intent to destroy the tapes much earlier.
Dusty Foggo has a date with John Durham, the torture tape investigator.
Marcy noted earlier the article in today’s Washington Post by Peter Finn and Joby Warrick detailing the story surrounding abu-Zubaydah’s capture and torture. I want to pick up where Marcy left off; i.e. the evidence that nothing was obtained from abu-Zubaydah’s torture is the reason the torture tapes destroyed.