The CIA destroyed video evidence of its coercive interrogation of al-Qaeda operatives who were held under the secret rendition program in order to shield its agents from future legal action. Two tapes documenting the water boarding technique that was used against Abu Aubaydah and another detainee were destroyed. The CIS’s director, Michael Hayden, told agency employees in a statement issues yesterday, “the tapes posed a serious security risk. Were they ever to leak, they would permit identification of your CIA colleagues who had served in the program, exposing them and their families to retaliation from al-Qaeda and its sympathizers.” The Hayden statement raises many questions and issues. For example, did information that was used in the trail against Zacarias Moussaoui, came from torture? It appears that the then Republican led Congress hid this information, even from Democratic members of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.
The water boarding was used after President Bush gave the OK to employ harsh methods of interrogation. George Bush continually claims he personally had not knowledge of any torture being employed by American interrogators. This is simply a clever word game to protect himself and to give the impression that terrible things, if they ever do occur, were never done due to his giving permission. The man is a blatant liar and it is incredible that Republicans kept information from their Congressional colleagues. There is also something disturbing if individuals who broke the law are protected against exposure due to fear of what might happen to their families!