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Justice to Investigate Destruction of CIA Tapes

Posted on Dec 9, 2007

The Justice Department and the CIA inspector general have launched a joint inquiry into the agency’s destruction of video recordings of so-called harsh interrogation techniques. Color us skeptical, since Attorney General Michael Mukasey couldn’t be bothered to take a position on torture—or harsh interrogation techniques, if that’s the term you want to use—during his confirmation.

Congress is also likely to investigate what could amount to the CIA’s obstruction of justice and “false testimony” (aka lies) to lawmakers.

Los Angeles Times:

WASHINGTON—The Justice Department and the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General said Saturday that they had launched a joint inquiry into the CIA’s controversial destruction of videotaped interrogations of two Al Qaeda suspects. The preliminary inquiry would be a first step in determining whether a full investigation and potential criminal charges were warranted.

The probe had been under discussion since shortly after CIA Director Michael V. Hayden disclosed Thursday that CIA officials had made the videotapes in 2002 and destroyed them three years later. The Justice Department has asked for an initial meeting with the CIA’s legal staff and inspector general, John L. Helgerson, early this week.

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By WILLIAM, December 10, 2007 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment
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By cyrena, December 10, 2007 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

Well Thomas,

I’d like to know how Gonzo already has vacation time accrued at McDonalds, when he can’t possibly have been working long enough to be elible for vacation time yet.

Then again, by the time they might even consider an independent councel, he would have been there long enough.

Meantime, Biden is pushing the independant cousel scenario, while the rest of course (the entire Justice Department and the CIA) are resisting. (they say it’s not required and/or necessary).

And, in an administration accustomed to ‘investigating’ itself, that’s pretty much par for the course.

Biden Calls for Special Counsel to Investigate CIA

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, says the Justice Department needs to go further than it has, by calling for the appointment of Special Counsel to investigate the CIA’s destruction of videotapes that included the interrogation of terrorism suspects.

  “Under federal law, the Attorney General may appoint a Special Counsel to prosecute matters when he or she determines that an investigation by the Department itself would present a conflict of interest, or there are other extraordinary circumstances and it would be in the public interest to do so. I believe these conditions are met,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said in a news release Sunday.

  “This is a White House that has sanctioned and pushed for the kind of interrogation techniques captured on those video tapes,” Biden said. “This is a White House that was informed of the CIA’s desire to destroy those tapes. Thus, it is possible this investigation could lead to the White House.”

Yeah well, this is EXACTLY why it won’t HAPPEN. Nobody is letting anything get to the source of the smell total rot and decay that has permeated for 7 years now.

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By Verne Arnold, December 10, 2007 at 7:26 am Link to this comment

#119173 by Non Credo on 12/10 at 12:29 am
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Mukase is going to investigate????


Again, hahahahahahaha, you got it also!!!!!!!
This joke is ceasing to be funny, anymore, forever!
(my appologies to Chief Joseph)

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By Verne Arnold, December 10, 2007 at 7:22 am Link to this comment

#119164 by Thomas Billis on 12/09 at 9:49 pm
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It is the perfect storm.Commit crimes leave the moron in chief out of the loop. He commutes and then pardons.Voila the perfect crime.

Hahahahahaha, yes, you got it!!!!!!!

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By Verne Arnold, December 10, 2007 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

LOL, the “Justice” department?  Will investigate?  The “Juice” Department?  Hahahahahahahaha!!!! 
I can hardly wait for the neo-libricons (Nancy Pelosi et al) to investigate the 163,943rd investigation of this present administration.
I would love to know one result for all of the “investigations” that have been going on for how long????  Show me one result, as in conviction, and I don’t even want to hear about Libby…that just doesn’t count and you know why!!!  I want blood, damn it!  No substitutes!  Ah, now, I feel better; the tantrum is over.

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By Thomas Billis, December 9, 2007 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment

It is the perfect storm.Commit crimes leave the moron in chief out of the loop. He commutes and then pardons.Voila the perfect crime.

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By mary, December 9, 2007 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment

Just what are the chances there will be any kind of real investigation. No real investigation, no accountability, no probing reporters asking hard questions.  This is what we became when we allowed the 2000 election to stand without a fight, we allowed the administration that allowed 9/11 to happen to be left in charge, we allowed the invasion of a foreign country based on lies, and on and on and on. Trust me, there will be no investigation or accountability…....

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By Thomas Billis, December 9, 2007 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

The good news is that Alberto Gonzales is available to be an independent prosecutor.A reporter caught up to him as he was working the take out window at McDonalds and he said that if asked he had some vacation time coming and he would be available.The interview ended with Alberto asking did the reporter want ketchup with those fries.

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