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Friday, December 07, 2007

If CIA Destroyed The Videos, Which Ones Were Viewed By US Attorneys?

According to all the reports, including the NY Times, the two video tapes showing the interrogation of two suspects were destroyed in 2005. If, and I emphasize if, the tapes were destroyed some two years ago, which tapes were viewed in September and October of this year by the U.S. Attorneys involved in the Zacharias Moussaoui prosecution?

The Times provides a link to a pdf file of a heavily redacted copy of a letter from U. S. Attorney Chuck Rosenburg and his staff. In the letter the Justice Department is advising the Courts involved that, contrary to assertions previously proffered by the prosecution, two video tapes, (and one audio tape) of interrogations do indeed exist. In fact the letter asserts that the attorneys personally viewed the tapes on September 19, 2007 and October 18, 2007.

Only two conclusions are possible, assuming the assertions of the U.S. Attorney are true: either the tapes allegedly destroyed in 2005 still exist or a second pair of video tapes exist. Who is being interrogated in the tapes referred to in the letter is impossible to discern due to the redactions.

But Congressional subpoenas should be able to ferret out the truth. You can cut the bullshit in this matter with a knife.

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