Why Were the Interrogation Tapes Destroyed?

Late last week, the story broke that tapes of interrogations of suspects in the crimes of 9/11 had been destroyed in 2005. The story is getting a lot of press, a welcome development.

Why were the tapes destroyed? CIA Director Michael Hayden has asserted that they were destroyed to protect the identity of interrogators. In a note to CIA employees, Hayden stated that "Beyond their lack of intelligence value -- as the interrogation sessions had already been exhaustively detailed in written channels -- and the absence of any legal or internal reason to keep them, the tapes posed a security risk."

Perhaps this is more than a torture story? Perhaps the tapes indeed had intelligence value? One of the suspects in the tapes was Abu Zubaydah. Gerald Posner has provided an account of his interrogation, one that suggests senior Saudi and Pakistani prior knowlege of the 9/11 plot.

Granted, the torture angle is important, and the destruction of relevant evidence is a pressing matter in its own right.

Posner has recently written an update at Huffington Post, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gerald-posner/the-cias-destroyed-inter_b_75850.html

"lack of intelligence value"

Whoa, Hayden just spoke the truth.

The Possner story was also

The Possner story was also used by Neocon David Frum in an article that pushes the blame on Saudis and Pakistanis. See:

http://911blogger.com/node/12868#comment

While the Saudi's and the Pakistani's may have been involved in cultivating the patsies, they do not have the means or motives to carry out 9-11. As Sitting Bull said in the other thread, the Possner narrative is a limited hangout.

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It's Not Torture They're Covering Up, It's the Results

This from a Daily KOS post sent to me yesterday:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/12/7/183319/766

It's Not Torture They're Covering Up, It's the Results
by The Baculum King
Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 03:41:17 PM PST

The automatic assumption about the CIA's destruction of the interrogation tapes of Abu Zubaydah is that the tapes exposed methods everyone would agree amounted to torture, and they were destroyed to prevent that proof being exposed. It's quite likely that what was being covered up was the results of that torture.

Gerald Posner has a piece at HuffPo drawing from his 2003 book that is worth a read:

Instead, when confronted by his "Saudi" interrogators, Zubaydah showed no fear. Instead, according to the two U.S. intelligence sources that provided me the details, he seemed relieved. The man who had been reluctant to even confirm his identity to his U.S. captors, suddenly talked animatedly. He was happy to see them, he said, because he feared the Americans would kill him. He then asked his interrogators to call a senior member of the Saudi royal family. And Zubaydah provided a private home number and a cell phone number from memory. "He will tell you what to do," Zubaydah assured them

* The Baculum King's diary :: ::

He named two other Saudi princes, and also the chief of Pakistan's air force, as his major contacts. Moreover, he stunned his interrogators, by charging that two of the men, the King's nephew, and the Pakistani Air Force chief, knew a major terror operation was planned for America on 9/11.

It would be nice to further investigate the men named by Zubaydah, but that is not possible. All four identified by Zubaydah are now dead. As for the three Saudi princes, the King's 43-year-old nephew, Prince Ahmed, died of either a heart attack or blood clot, depending on which report you believe, after having liposuction in Riyadh's top hospital; the second, 41-year-old Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Turki al-Saud, died the following day in a one car accident, on his way to the funeral of Prince Ahmed; and one week later, the third Saudi prince named by Zubaydah, 25-year-old Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, died, according to the Saudi Royal Court, "of thirst." The head of Pakistan's Air Force, Mushaf Ali Mir, was the last to go. He died, together with his wife and fifteen of his top aides, when his plane blew up -- suspected as sabotage -- in February 2003. Pakistan's investigation of the explosion -- if one was even done -- has never been made public.

It wasn't the fact that he was tortured that needed covering up, it was what he said.