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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:54 PM
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Revealed: CIA Cable "Granting Permission" to Destroy Torture Videotapes
Revealed: CIA Cable "Granting Permission" to Destroy Torture Videotapes
by Valtin
Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 04:06:26 PM PST

A January 8 release of documents in the ACLU FOIA lawsuit seeking materials related to the CIA's destruction of videotapes of interrogators using "enhanced interrogation techniques" has revealed the first evidence of a precise instruction for the destruction of those tapes.

According to Rachel Myers at the ACLU, while there was previous evidence of requests from the "field" that the videotapes be destroyed, this is our first verification of the exact date CIA headquarters gave its approval.

The approval came in the form of "a two-page cable discussing a proposal and granting permission to destroy the videotapes." (emphasis added) The cable was sent from "HQ" to the "Field" on November 8, 2005, the same day an earlier request was made from the "Field". Confirmation of the destruction of the tapes was already revealed in a cable "from the field to CIA headquarters, confirming the destruction of the videotapes." (11/20/2009 Vaughn Index 4).

Requests for destruction of interrogation videotapes, and discussions around such an action are documented as far back as September 2002 (11/20/2009 Vaughn Index 55). It's presumed that these requests came from the Thailand CIA black site where Abu Zubaydah had been an experimental victim of the new so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, which were based on stress inoculation torture survival schools for the military, known as SERE http://firedoglake.com/2009/08/14/expanding-the-investi... / . Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, formerly of SERE and its parent agency, Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA), have been identified as being key figures in implementing the program.

The new cable has been withheld, citing numerous FOIA "exemptions," as have hundreds of other such pieces of evidence, including emails and draft memorandum, by the CIA. Its existence is revealed as part of a Vaughn index of withheld documents, wherein some description of the document is given, in addition to the reasons for withholding the document.

The "permission" cable is Document 154 in Part 6 http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/20100108_Elec_Para_4_D... of the latest Vaughn release/dump. Its on pg. 13 out of 35 (all doc links are PDF). A full timeline http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/20091124_Chronology_of... on the CIA videotape destruction actions, which has not however been updated for the latest crop of documents, has been put together by the ACLU. All the documents released thus far can be accessed here http://www.aclu.org/national-security/vaughn-index-docu... .

Emptywheel has been covering this issue from the beginning. For instance, see this relevant story, wherein EW reports that "The CIA Asked to Destroy Torture Tapes on Same Day They Claimed They Didn't Torture."http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2009/11/24/the-cia-as... /

MORE AT: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/1/17/826183/-Reveale...
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:56 PM
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1. oh nice , yet another coverup!
knr
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:56 PM
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2. Emptywheel is one of my heroes.
She does very good, thorough work.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:24 PM
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katandmoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:27 PM
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4. Good thing nobody will ever prosecute the CIA for any of its crimes
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