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CIA Director Michael Hayden testifies before the Senate on the destruction of CIA tapes.
The existence and subsequent destruction of CIA videos recording the interrogation of two Al Qaeda suspects is a story that keeps running and running. Since we last talked about the controversy on TOTN, NPR Intelligence Correspondent Tom Gjelten has reported on the reason the tapes were made in the first place, a story which also dismissed the official version of the reason they were destroyed. Gjelten also reported the existence of additional interrogation tapes. The New York Times reported that members and staffers of the 9/11 Commission conclude that the CIA deliberately withheld the tapes from their inquiry despite "very detailed" requests (former Commission Co-Chair Gov. Thomas Kean spoke to this point on our previous program). Here's a link to a Washington Post follow-up to the Times story, which includes CIA response.
Also, US District Court Judge Henry Kennedy held a hearing last Friday, but appeared ready to hold off on a more detailed inquiry upon learning that the joint CIA-Justice Department inquiry would specifically include court orders, including one issued by him. Last Thursday, in a news conference, President Bush asserted that there was no ambiguity in the statement that he does not recollect learning of the tapes existance or destruction prior to being briefed by CIA Director General Michael Hayden earlier this month.
The House Intelligence Committee plans to press its investigation — Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) is among our guests today, along with NPR's Tom Gjelten, and two well informed attorneys with opposing views, David Remes and Lee Casey.
And you, of course. What questions do you have about the tapes, why they were made and destroyed, or about where the story goes from here?