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Tuesday, 3 March 2009
private viewing at Mr Darksides place of the 92 missing Torture Tapes
Mood:  sharp
Now Playing: 92 USA torture tapes ...have been destroyed (or have they?)
Topic: TORTURE

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Hey Now Z3 Readers here is a stomach aching torture file blog. Seems Mr Darkside (war criminal cheney the dick) has been hiding the facts again.

 What facts?

Gee Mr Darkside, could it be the 92 tapes you had destroyed? What we have known for years here at Z3 headquarters is this type of criminal activity has been going on day and night and with no one holding these evil doers accountable.

Missing files....?

Give me a break!

They must think we are stupid.

Well John Q Public may be ignorant and naive but the Z3 Report readers know all to well what is going on in them dark dank holes that fly USA flags over the entrance while they do the bidding for Mr Darkside and use criminal tactics in the name of justice.

I bet those 92 tapes contained some filthy shit. And it probably had a 'made in the USA' stamp on the box. Actually smooth dick probably has them at home in his family room for viewing privately.

Posted March 2, 2009 | 06:53 PM (EST)

 92 Destroyed Tapes: A Need to Shed Light on Cheney's "Dark Side" 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/coleen-rowley/92-destroyed-tapes-a-need_b_171240.html

By: Coleen Rowley

When I first posed these hard questions in the NY Times about the C.I.A. torture tapes, we were all under the belief that only two tapes had been destroyed. Now that we know it was ninety two tapes, all kinds of further questions emerge. But the most pressing is this one: how can this still be swept under the rug?! Sweeping dark things under the rug is never the answer. And despite the crude attempt to avoid accountability by shredding the evidence, I can't imagine a time there was such a need for an independent prosecutor to shed light on what Cheney once termed "the dark side".

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Published in NY Times: December 11, 2007
To the Editor:

Re ''C.I.A. Destroyed 2 Tapes Showing Interrogations''

(NY Times front page, Dec. 7):


You don't need to have worked as an F.B.I. agent for 24 years as I did to know that shredding the evidence is always a clue.
What's the common thread underlying the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotaped harsh interrogations in the midst of ongoing legal inquiries; President Bush's last-minute commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence; the millions of White House e-mail records missing in violation of the Presidential Records Act; and the administration's current push to give immunity to the telecommunication companies suspected of engaging in illegal eavesdropping and surveillance of Americans?

Clearly, the only way the Bush gang can protect itself now from accountability is to suppress the truth. To do so, officials must destroy hard evidence and, at the same time, protect and immunize those who followed their illegal orders.

Their contempt for the rule of law cannot get much worse. They learned from Nixon's Watergate, and they're trying not to leave any Oval Office tapes around.
Coleen Rowley
Apple Valley, Minn., Dec. 7, 2007

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 COMMENTS
I noted that interrogators used the Abu Zubaydah torture tapes to intimidate other interrogation subjects.

I should have noted that even showing the torture tapes to captives would have been a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

I see three possibilities:

First, maybe interrogators were authorized to use tapes of Abu Zubaydah being tortured as an interrogation tool.

Second, maybe interrogators were not authorized to use the tapes of Abu Zubaydah as an interrogation tool, and were doing so on their own authority.

Third, maybe the tapes were a ruse de guerre, starring actors, who play-acted brutal torture. I believe that the use of tapes that realistically faked the depiction of torture would also be a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

The fourteen captives transferred from CIA custody in 2006 weren't the only captives who had been in CIA custody prior to being sent to Guantanamo. Several other former CIA captives were transferred to Guantanamo in 2003 and 2004. It is possible the torture tapes were only used on captives in CIA custody.
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CIA Director Michael Hayden claimed that the torture tapes were recorded "for training purposes". It seems what he meant this was interrogators showed the tapes to other captives, to show them how far interrogators would go to get the answers they wanted.

Way back in 2004, when Guantanamo captive Ibrahim Mahdi Achmed Zeidan testified before his Combatant Status Review Tribunal he described the role the Abu Zubaydah torture tapes played in other captives' interrogations.

Back in 2004 the Guantanamo captives knew that Abu Zubaydah's torture sessions had been recorded -- because their interrogators had shown them those tapes. Meanwhile the Bush administration hid the existence of the tapes from Congress and the American people.

Here is a link to where Zeidan talks about Abu Zubaydah's torture.
http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/761-ibrahim-mahdi-achmed-zeidan/documents/search?document_query=torture&x=19&y=10
 
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Can we expect government to police itself...recent information including the destruction of 92 tapes indicate that there are no oversights in place to allow for an indepentent examination of apparent illegal and criminal behavior. I would so like to see justice done in what use to be the American way...but I am fearful that those days are gone.

With Obama in office I thought we would see a casting of light into dark places and an outcry regarding the dirt it uncovered....instead I'm still waiting for the 'change'. I know the economy is melting down and therefore takes the most focus, but unless we exam the behavior that lead us to this point, there can be no resolution or accountability. How much longer are we expected to wait? Until all documentation is destroyed?
 

 As if America didn't have enough evil to account for in its history of bigotry and witchburning. Now we are dishonored even further. Thanks a lot, Dubya, Cheney, the CIA and anyone else who contributed to this kind of sneaky, unlawful, rule-breaking thuggery that made the world hate us. I want to see them on trial yesterday.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 7:54 PM PST
Updated: Friday, 6 March 2009 9:06 PM PST

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