CIA investigated over destroying torture tapes

When I heard that the CIA was destroying videotapes of them torturing suspects, I thought that doing so amounted to a tacit admission of wrongdoing. Now it looks like the US DOJ thinks the same way, according to the BBC:

The US justice department is to launch a criminal investigation into the CIA’s erasing of videotapes of interrogations of two al-Qaeda suspects.

Critics have accused the CIA of a cover-up to hide evidence of possible torture and abuse of detainees. The CIA says it destroyed the tapes as they no longer had “intelligence value” and were a security risk to its agents.

US Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced the move, appointing federal prosecutor John Durham to oversee the case. In a statement he said: “The department’s national security division has recommended, and I have concluded, that there is a basis for initiating a criminal investigation of this matter.”

(via Craig Murray)

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