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Does this actually surprise anyone?

The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Al Qaeda operatives in the agency’s custody, a step it took in the midst of Congressional and legal scrutiny about the C.I.A’s secret detention program, according to current and former government officials.

The videotapes showed agency operatives in 2002 subjecting terror suspects — including Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee in C.I.A. custody — to severe interrogation techniques. They were destroyed in part because officers were concerned that tapes documenting controversial interrogation methods could expose agency officials to greater risk of legal jeopardy, several officials said.

The C.I.A. said today that the decision to destroy the tapes had been made “within the C.I.A. itself,” and they were destroyed to protect the safety of undercover officers and because they no longer had intelligence value. The agency was headed at the time by Porter J. Goss. Through a spokeswoman, Mr. Goss declined this afternoon to comment on the destruction of the tapes.

So they destroyed evidence to save their own asses.  I’d be far more surprised if they didn’t do it, to be quite honest.  The CIA believes that it is a law unto itself, and always has.

I doubt it was really done to protect the safety of undercover officers, though.  It was undoubtedly done to cover up evidence of war crimes.

Source:  New York Times

Originally posted on Adventures in Frickintardistan

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Bush lies. Again.

Bush devilBush devilBush continues to ignore the latest report about Iran’s nuclear program, claiming Iran is a serious nuclear threat, while simultaneously taking credit for the end of Iran’s nuclear program.

Huh?

Is it just me, or does that not make any sense at all?

The Bush administration has spent years warning that Iran’s development of nuclear power plants and enriched uranium masked an effort to produce an atomic bomb. But in a reversal of a 2005 report, the National Intelligence Estimate released Monday concluded that Iran suspended nuclear weapons work in late 2003 and was unlikely to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a bomb until at least 2010.

Instead of focusing on that reversal, Bush has continued to stress that the report confirms long-standing suspicions that Iran had a nuclear weapons program in the first place. He said Wednesday that Tehran “has more to explain about its nuclear intentions and past actions,” including a weapons program “which the Iranian regime has yet to acknowledge.”

But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the report was “a declaration of victory” for Iran in the face of international pressure to suspend his country’s production of nuclear fuel.

“Iran is a peaceful nuclear country now, and they have all accepted Iran as a nuclear country and have announced they will stand a nuclear Iran,” Ahmadinejad said Wednesday.

But Bush said Tuesday the report “doesn’t do anything to change my opinion about the danger Iran poses to the world.” And Perino called Ahmadinejad a “liar” Wednesday, because the new NIE shows that Tehran did have a clandestine nuclear weapons program at one time.

“If anyone wants to call the president a liar, they are misreading the situation for their own political purposes,” Perino said. “The liar is Ahmadinejad, and he has a lot of explaining to do.”

In the August meeting, the White House said, McConnell told Bush “that the intelligence community would not be able to meet a congressionally imposed deadline requiring a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran because new information had been obtained.”

Perino said this information showed the White House was correct in believing that Iran had a nuclear weapons program, which it halted only because of Bush’s policies.

“The international pressure — and the president’s approach — has worked,” she said.

So anyone who dares to question the warmongering Bush is “misreading the situation for their own political purposes”, but Bush never misreads anything even though he continues to claim Iran is an imminent nuclear threat despite reports that they do not presently have a nuclear program, and haven’t had one since 2003.

Yeah, that makes sense. Not.

On the bright side, we have less than a year before Dear Leader Bush has no choice but to leave the White House.

Source: CNN

Originally posted on Adventures in Frickintardistan

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