The White House and Congress Knew
about the CIA Interrogation Videotapes
Wednesday December 12, 2007
According to a former "senior intelligence official", the
White House knew
of the existence of the CIA interrogation tapes since 2003, at the very
latest, and tacitly approved the destruction of the tapes in 2005.
Indeed, former CIA agent and State Department counterterrorism official
Larry Johnson said that it
was “highly likely” that President Bush himself
had viewed the videotapes of the 2002 interrogations that were
later destroyed. Is that why the White House has
instructed its spokesperson not to answer any questions on the subject?
And according to the Director of the CIA, Congress
was also informed about the existence of the tapes, and -- later --
of the CIA's intention to destroy them.
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Indeed, Senator Rockefeller has confirmed that the
Senate Intelligence Committee knew of the existence of the videotapes
in 2003. And Congresswoman Harman has confirmed that the House
Intelligence Committee also learned of the existence of the videotapes
in 2003. Is that why Senator Rockefeller opposes any real investigation
into the destruction of the tapes, saying
“I don’t think there’s a need for a special counsel, and I don’t think
there’s a need for a special commission"?
of justice regarding the tapes appears to have been orchestrated by
the very highest levels of the U.S. Government.