17 Apr 2010

Destruction of CIA tapes sparked concerns

The destruction of nearly 100 videotapes showing the harsh interrogation of two al Qaeda detainees in 2005 triggered concerns within the CIA over whether it was adequately cleared, according to newly released documents.


Then-White House counsel Harriet Miers also was "livid" about not being informed about the action in advance, the documents show. The documents -- with large sections blacked out -- were released Thursday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Internal e-mails include one alleging that Porter Goss, then CIA chief, agreed with the decision after the fact. "PG laughed and said that actually, it would be he, PG, who would take the heat," one e-mail reads. "PG, however, agreed with the decision."

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