CIA makes a glaring omission while destroying the water boarding terror tapesJuly 27th, 2010 - 8:34 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Washington DC, July 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Justice Department has carried out a two and a half year investigation into whether the CIA’s decision to destroy the water boarding tapes was criminal or not. It ought to be mentioned that the United States uses the water boarding techniques to interrogate suspected terrorists members in most of the United States prisons, mostly outside the United States.
The CIA would have been absorbed from any complexities, if there had not been an omission by a top CIA official when he sent a cable to the CIA’s agents in Thailand to destroy the tapes.
The top agent - Jose Rodriquez failed to copy the name of two agency lawyers on the cable message. Leaving the names of the lawyers off the cable has exposed the CIA to investigation and implications if the decision proves to be wrong.
It is a criminal offense to destroy documents in the United States. This law is applicable even if no court has ruled that the document should not be destroyed. But most analysts say prosecutors might find it difficult to prosecute in this particular case, because the CIA has a complete account of how the tapes were destroyed.
However Jose Rodriquez has not been charged with any crime as yet.
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