You know the Rules! We’ve got to move forward! Mistakes were made! Moving right along:
No charges will be filed against the CIA’s former top clandestine officer or anyone else in the destruction of CIA videotapes of harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Another part of the nearly three-year-old criminal investigation is continuing into whether CIA interrogators went beyond the legal guidance given them on the rough treatment of suspects during questioning, a Justice Department official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because that part of the probe is still under way.
The CIA destroyed its cache of 92 videos of two al-Qaida operatives, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Nashiri, being waterboarded in 2005.
Jose Rodriguez, formerly the agency’s top clandestine officer, worried the tapes would be devastating to the CIA if they ever surfaced. He approved the destruction of the tapes. Rodriguez’s order was at odds with years of directives from CIA lawyers and the White House.
So the CIA breaks the law and tortures people, films it, and then destroys the evidence, and the Justice Department just shrugs and says “Meh.”
Keep this in mind the next time some jackass from either party or this administration starts finger-wagging at another nation regarding torture.