The Timing of the Ramzi bin al-Shibh Tapes

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 7:48 am

I wanted to point out two details of timing on the Ramzi bin al-Shibh tapes: The tapes were made after CIA started getting worried about making interrogation tapes The tapes were disclosed after the CIA started trying to figure out what happened to the Abu Zubaydah tapes The tapes were made after CIA already started [...]

Were the Ramzi bin al-Shibh Tapes Altered Like the Abu Zubaydah Tapes Were?

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 10:10 am

Given that the AP has filled in some details about the Ramzi bin al-Shibh tapes someone had hidden under a desk at CIA, I wanted to look back at the letter DOJ wrote to Leonie Brinkema in 2007, when the government first admitted it had been sitting on those tapes. AP says the tapes were [...]

Jay Rockefeller and the Torture Tape Investigation

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 7:19 am

I’ve been writing a lot about the way CIA gamed briefings with Congress so they could destroy evidence of torture: how they created potentially misleading records about the September 2002 briefings with destroying the torture tapes in mind, how they created a record of Pat Roberts’ approval for destroying the torture tapes in February 2003 [...]

The AP’s “Most Complete Published Account” that Leaves Out Torture

By: Monday July 26, 2010 11:13 am

The AP’s DOJ and intelligence writers have a story out on the Durham investigation that purports to be “the most complete published account” of the destruction of the torture tapes. Only, it ignores key details that have already been published which paint a much more damning picture of the tapes and their destruction. First, the [...]

Briefing Congress and Destroying Torture Tapes

By: Monday June 14, 2010 2:38 pm

As I mentioned in this post, I’ve been weeding through the documents released under FOIA to Judicial Watch last week. I think they suggest there’s a much closer relationship between the CIA misrepresentations on Congressional Briefings and the destruction of the torture tapes than we’ve known before. Nancy Pelosi Was Proved Fucking Right As you [...]

CIA Changed the Pelosi Briefing Description after Deciding to Destroy Torture Tapes

By: Sunday June 13, 2010 7:18 pm

I’m working on some deep weeds for a post later on Monday (hopefully). But as a preliminary to them, I wanted to point out a minor–but very critical–bit of timing. As I pointed out in the comments to this thread, someone (I’ll show in my new weedy post why it might be then-Counterterrorism Center Legal [...]

Jose Rodriguez Briefed Pelosi and Goss in Deceptive Abu Zubaydah Briefing

By: Monday June 7, 2010 11:03 am

As MadDog noted, Judicial Watch just got some new documents detailing briefings Congress received. Or rather, they got new documents providing further proof that CIA has no fucking clue what it said to Congress during some key briefings (this batch shows, for example, that the fall 2003 briefings were never finalized into a Memo for [...]

The Timeline of Torture Tape Destruction in John Durham’s Documents

By: Sunday April 18, 2010 8:16 am

As I said the other day, most of the documents we received the other day are the 13 or so documents that CIA had cleared for FOIA release, but over which John Durham had declared a law enforcement privilege. This chart compares what we got with what had been declared in Vaughn Indices in November [...]

Is John Durham Finally Done?

By: Friday April 16, 2010 4:18 am

While we’re waiting to get the documents discussed in these NYT and WaPo and WSJ stories, in which (among other things) Dusty Foggo’s Deputy records that Porter Goss “laughed and said that actually, it would be he, PG, who would take the heat” about the destruction of the torture tapes, I wanted to look at [...]

The Salt Pit and the Bybee Memos

By: Sunday March 28, 2010 6:26 am

The AP has a long article out providing details behind the Salt Pit death of a detainee named Gul Rahman–a former militant associated with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who was captured on October 29, 2002 at the home of Hekmatyar’s son-in-law, Dr. Ghairat Baheer, along with the Baheer and three others. A week later, Rahman was separated [...]

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