Names Of Agency Lawyers Omitted In Memo To Destroy CIA Terror TapesJuly 27th, 2010 - 7:15 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez
Washington, July 27, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The United States Justice Department’s probe into whether the destruction of tapes which showed the ruthless interrogation techniques that were used in the case of two senior al-Qaida operative by CIA, is actually a crime has been looking into another unusual aspect of omitting the names of two agency lawyers off the memo. In the year 2005, when the CIA sent the message that the video tapes showcasing the use of harsh interrogation tactics including snowboarding should be destroyed, it left out the names of two attorneys of the agency.
When Jose Rodriguez, the top clandestine officer of the CIA alerted his colleagues at a secret prison of CIA to destroy all the videotapes showing the two suspects being interrogated with water boarding, he omitted the names of the two agency lawyers. The decision of the CIA official to exclude the names of the attorneys has raised many questions as according to the standard protocol, officers rarely give an order without highlighting the name of the concerned lawyer mainly to cover themselves just in case things go haywire. The fact that CIA officer Jose Rodriguez has omitted the names of the attorneys was so unusual that a CIA officer noted it just days later in an internal e-mail.
With the destruction of the videos, the most graphic evidences about the overseas prison network of the CIA where inhuman interrogation techniques were used, were destroyed forever. The omission of the names of the attorneys of the agency has become one of the most significant parts of the investigation undertaken by the U.S. Justice Department.
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