CIA to Cooperate with Congress on Torture Tapes
December 21, 2007
A step in the right direction:
The Central Intelligence Agency has agreed to make documents related to the destruction of interrogation videotapes available to the House Intelligence Committee and to allow the agency's top lawyer, John A. Rizzo, to testify about the matter, Congressional and intelligence officials said Wednesday.
But it remained unclear whether Jose A. Rodriguez, who as chief of the agency's clandestine service ordered the tapes destroyed in 2005, would testify. Officials said Mr. Rodriguez's appearance before the committee might involve complex negotiations over legal immunity at a time when the Justice Department and the intelligence agency were reviewing whether the destruction of the tapes broke any laws.Did I hear the "I" word again? "Immunity"?
This week, the administration has sought a compromise. Justice officials said they still had misgivings about the House committee's plans, but they did not advise the C.I.A. to disregard the committee's requests.