Ex-CIA Director Approved of Torture Tape Destruction: First Responses

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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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