Saturday, March 21, 2009

CIA Has 3,000 Docs on Torture Tapes

By Jason Leopold
March 21, 2009

The CIA has about 3,000 documents related to the 92 destroyed videotapes that showed “war on terror” detainees being subjected to harsh interrogations, the Justice Department has disclosed, suggesting an extensive back-and-forth between CIA field operatives and officials of the Bush administration.

Read on.

1 comment:

john mccarthy said...

The government lawyers again argue that State Secrets is the shield by which the government can exclude exculpatory information from being presented in court.

Who benefits? Cui Bono?

Those who are in the law breaking business (the intelligence community) certainly benefit from the use of "State Secrets" to prevent "evidence" from being presented at trial.

Certainly, the FBI, CIA and State Department, along with DoD, NSA, et al, benefited for over forty two years by obstructing justice in a capitol murder case with gross illegalities. Sometimes call "erroneous assertions" which translates from legal speak to lying, fabricating, and secreting exculpatory evidence which just happens to be in violation of the Supreme Court's ruling in making a new Law of The Land re Brady v Maryland, 1963; exculpatory evidence must be provided to the defendant, post haste.

The FBI issued a document in the form of a Laboratory Finding in February, 1968, containing exculpatory evidence which would have freed a man convicted at a trial which was concluded nine days earlier. The FBI Lab Report, signed by J Edgar Hoover and initialed by many underlings, was secreted for three years. When located, this document was provided to the appeals court which ruled that this and other evidence was "newly found evidence and fraud on the court" resulting in a conviction for premeditated murder being overturned.

So what we have here is a pattern of illegal behavior on the part of government attorneys who use the classification of top secret to hide and shield their motivations and modus operandi in this organized crime (RICO) matter.

And if that is not enough to dissuade those being recruited for government service of any kind, in 2000 the State Department declassified a series of documents from National Security meetings and placed them on the Internet at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas. These documents irrevocably show treason in wartime on the part of the Presidents closest advisers.

It is no wonder that CIA's "sources and methods" are sacrosanct and not designed to see the light of day.