Ridiculous: CIA Gets Off Scot-Free for Destroying Torture Evidence
In yet another instance of the Justice Department's apparent “look the other way” stance on torture, it has ruled CIA agents won't be charged for destroying tapes that showed officers waterboarding two men suspected of terrorism in 2005.
Former top CIA officer Jose Rodriguez admitted that 92 tapes could be “devastating to the CIA if they ever surfaced,” according to the AP, and ordered them destroyed, in defiance of White House orders. Despite all this, assistant US attorney John Durham has decided that Rodriguez and other CIA operatives won't be charged for their destruction. Durham has been investigating the case since 2008, along with the FBI and several prosecutors.
Rodriguez was prompted to trash the tapes after the outrageous photos of Abu Ghraib prisoners being tortured surfaced, but the CIA still condoned their interrogation techniques. Durham is still investigating whether the agency's techniques surpassed the legal guidance given to them on the matter... but if Bush's memoir has any insight, that shouldn't be a problem.