Friday, April 16th, 2010
Flashback: Report: Afghans in secret jail ‘made to dance’ to use bathroom | Poland releases details on CIA ‘black sites’ | US magazine claims GuantÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡namo inmates were killed during questioning | Rendition still happening on Obama’s watch | CIA doctors face human experimentation claims | U.S. probes ‘inhumane’ CIA tactics under Bush | US justice department to investigate CIA over interrogation methods | Obama approves new interrogation unit | UK: Secrets of CIA ‘ghost flights’ to be revealed | UK: CIA ‘put pressure on Britain to cover up its use of torture’ | Panetta Admits CIA Misled Congress on “Significant Actions” | Guantanamo’s closure window dressing — overseas CIA ‘black sites’ to stay | CIA waterboarded 2 al-Qaida suspects 266 times | Psychologists Helped Guide CIA Interrogations | Document lays bare CIA torture techniques | Obama administration: Guantanamo detainees have ‘no constitutional rights’ | Tortured Guantanamo detainee set free| Obama backs Bush: No rights for Bagram prisoners | U.K. resident held at Gitmo alleges Canadian involvement in torture | Senior judges attack US over ‘torture evidence suppression’ | After Obama praises torture ruling, civil liberties group appalled | Obama shuts network of CIA ‘ghost prisons’ | Obama requests GuantÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡namo Bay tribunals suspension | Confirmed: Mexico drug plane used for CIA ‘rendition’ flights
Alex Spillius, The Telegraph
April 16, 2010
The former CIA chief, Porter Goss, approved a 2005 decision to destroy 92 tapes showing US agents waterboarding two terrorism suspects, according to newly released internal emails.
FBI investigators are still examining who knew what about the destruction of the videos, which showed officers using the simulated drowning technique that is widely considered to be torture, on Abu Zubaydah and another terrorism suspect.
The emails were released by the Justice Department under a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Civil Liberties Union.
“These documents provide further evidence that senior CIA officials were willing to risk being prosecuted for obstruction of justice in order to avoid being prosecuted for torture,” said Ben Wizner, a lawyer with the ACLU. “If the Department of Justice fails to hold these officials accountable, they will have succeeded in their cover-up.”