7,643. 11/9/2010

“The Justice Department disclosed on Tuesday [November 9, 2010] that no one will be charged in the long ongoing investigation into the destruction of 92 CIA videotapes that showed enhanced interrogation techniques being used on terrorism detainees. Federal prosecutor John Durham had been investigating the destruction of the CIA tapes, which are believed to have shown sessions that included waterboarding and other harsh tactics being used on detainees. …According to officials the tapes that were destroyed showed interrogations of Al Qaeda detainees Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. The tapes were destroyed after review by the CIA’s General Counsel and a review of the CIA Inspector General found that the interrogation methods on the tapes were within the legal guidance that had been issued by the Justice Department. According to officials the tapes were destroyed at some point in November 2005 when officials said they no longer contained any intelligence value.”

 – Jenny Schlesinger, “No Charges in CIA Videotape Destruction Inquiry,” ABC News, Nov. 9, 2010

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