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So... The Bush administration knew about those CIA Torture Tapes being destroyed
 


12 December 2007 at 11:52:35 AM
salon

Between some in Congress, including Nancy Pelosi, knowing that the CIA was torturing people, and the destruction of the tapes DESPITE court orders and lying to the 9/11 commission about them, I feel a little overwhelmed by how devious and criminal this administration is (and I'm including some Democrats in that, too!) I think I don't want to write much about it today because it's just adding more of a string of abuses to the already huge list of the Bush administration, and I've got outrage fatigue over it today. I mean, what will happen? Will anyone REALLY be held accountable for breaking the law and also for torturing people? Or will it be more of lots of hot air coming from Congress as they let the people who are so lawless continue in their deeds?

If by some chance you have NO idea what I'm talking about, or you'd like to see a nice neat timeline laid out, here's one from TPMMuckraker.

Hayden told CIA employees last week that the videotapes, made in 2002, showed the CIA's interrogations of two terror suspects. The CIA destroyed the tapes in 2005. The tapes were made to document how CIA officers were using new, harsh questioning techniques recently approved by the White House to force recalcitrant prisoners to talk.

They show the interrogations of Abu Zubayda and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee taken by the CIA in 2002, is now being held with other detainees at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He told his interrogators about alleged 9/11 accomplice Ramzi Binalshibh, and the two men's confessions also led to the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who the U.S. government said was the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Al-Nashiri is the alleged coordinator of the 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, which killed 17 sailors. He is also now at Guantanamo.

The CIA has not described exactly what was shown on all the tapes. However, among the harsh interrogation techniques the White House approved in 2002 was waterboarding.

Waterboarding involves strapping down a prisoner, covering his mouth with plastic or cloth and pouring water over his face. The prisoner quickly begins to inhale water, causing the sensation of drowning.

The CIA is known to have waterboarded three prisoners - Abu Zubaydah, Al-Nashiri and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.


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