A CIA document released Thursday shows that Porter
Goss, former director of the CIA, approved a decision to destroy tapes
of two detainees' "brutal interrogation," as The New York Times' Mark Mazzetti
reports. What does this mean? Analysts and bloggers don't yet have clear answers, but they have drawn out some implications.
- 'Just Maybe … We'll Get an Indictment over This,' muses Marcy Wheeler, a longtime follower of the topic, picking apart the various reports.
- 'They Were Still Using Videotapes in 2002'? That's all Spencer Ackerman
chooses to comment on for now. "I just note that the CIA was not using
digital video in 2002. You would think the billions spent on the agency
would at least lead someone to use better technology to record evidence
of felonious behavior."
- 'Lots of Hints about Horrible Things' The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder
focuses on the end of one e-mail where an unknown person writes to
Dusty Foggo, "the CIA's number three," that Harriet Miers was furious
upon hearing of the tapes' destruction, and that John Rizzo, the CIA's
general counsel "does not think this is likely to just go away."
- Darkly Amusing Kathy Kattenburg
at The Moderate Voice marvels over reading of "these high-ranking
C.I.A. people arguing over who authorized the tapes' destruction, who
told whom and when, who was livid after finding out, and in general
what a serious matter this is, when they all know that it doesn’t
matter what they claim now, because the tapes are gone, gone, gone."
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