Judge Won't Order Review of CIA Tape Destruction

A federal judge in Washington has refused to order an investigation into the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes showing coercive techniques.

A federal judge yesterday declined to order a special review of the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes, saying that there is no evidence the Bush administration defied court orders and that Justice Department prosecutors should be allowed to proceed with their own investigation into the matter.

U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. said in a three-page ruling in Washington that a group of inmates held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "offer nothing to support their assertion that a judicial inquiry" is necessary into the tape destruction. He said neither of the detainees whose interrogations were taped and later destroyed has an apparent connection to the prisoners who were demanding the review.

The Justice Department says it's investigating the destruction of the tapes of interrogations of two detainees, as has the House Intelligence Committee. But, the star witness for the House investigation is refusing to testify without immunity.


CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said the tapes had been destroyed to protect the identities of interrogators, but other CIA officials have said they were destroyed to protect the interrogators from potential prosecution.

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    by Pat Jack on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 09:37:03 PM EST
    The tapes are destroyed, the crime is the felony violation of the USA Patriot Act.

    Providing Appropriate Tools


    Destroying Appropriate Tools

    I see the crime of felony destruction of evidence in a terrorist investigation by agents of the U.S. government. That crime of evidence destruction in a terrorist investigation is punishable through criminal provisions in the USA Patriot Act.

    Focus on the felony, prosecute with the appropriate law.