Criminal Probe Opened over CIA Tapes

The Justice Department announced today that they were opening “a full criminal investigation” into the “destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes, putting the politically charged probe in the hands of a mob-busting public corruption prosecutor with a reputation as being independent.”

Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced that he was appointing John Durham, a federal prosecutor in Connecticut, to oversee the investigation of a case that has challenged the Bush administration’s controversial handling of terrorism suspects.

The CIA acknowledged last month that in 2005 it destroyed videos of officers using tough interrogation methods while questioning two al-Qaida suspects. The acknowledgment sparked a congressional inquiry and a preliminary investigation by Justice into whether the CIA violated any laws or obstructed congressional inquiries such as the one led by the Sept. 11 Commission.

The announcement followed an OP/ED in the N.Y. Times today: Stonewalled by the C.I.A.. Authors of the OP/ED, Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, who served as chairman and vice chairman, of the 9/11 commission contend: 

As a legal matter, it is not up to us to examine the C.I.A.’s failure to disclose the existence of these tapes. That is for others. What we do know is that government officials decided not to inform a lawfully constituted body, created by Congress and the president, to investigate one the greatest tragedies to confront this country. We call that obstruction.

Balkanization says: “The CIA Tapes Prosecutor is Neither “Outside” Nor “Special,” Nor “Independent”.” Memeorandum has all the buzz on this latest controversy involving BushCo. Looks like we’re starting out the New Year with a bang.

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One Response to Criminal Probe Opened over CIA Tapes

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    This is not even a close call. Anything short of a Special Prosecutor can’t and won’t get the job done completely. Bush has already been paid back for giving DOJ to Mukasey.

    Also, let’s be honest. The normal routine for the legal profession is for lawyers to go into prosecution just to become better defenders, because a top defense lawyer will out earn any prosecutor 10 to 1. 99.9% of long term prosecutors are that solely because they are just not good enough to do anything else. Robert Bennett will eat someone like that up. It’s an old trick to get some legal plow horse with a decent resume and then match him up against a race horse on the other side. Do you know how often a plow horse runs faster than a race horse?