"[T]he heat from destroying is nothing compared to what it would be if the tapes ever got into the public domain -- [Jose Rodriguez] said that out of context, they would make us look terrible; it would be devastating to us," - an unnamed CIA official in an email to Dusty Foggo, referring to the brutal torture conducted by the Bush administration.

To recap: high officials in the Bush administration destroyed evidence that would have convicted them of war crimes. If they had nothing to worry about, why did they destroy them? If the US is to be proud of waterboarding, as someone like Marc Thiessen argues, why not let the world see the reality of the process?

Their actions belie their words. Their actions reveal their shame.

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