October 08, 2011 - The civil case against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for destroying 92 videotapes containing footage of detainees being interrogated and tortured has run its course, with a federal judge refusing to punish the spy agency for its “transgressions.”
The tapes were destroyed in November 2005 under the orders of Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., the CIA’s former head of clandestine service. Rodriguez’s exposure to prosecution was limited by the fact the CIA lawyers approved his actions at the time. The destruction was carried out immediately after The Washington Post revealed the existence of CIA “black sites” where suspects were tortured.
Civil libertarians and government watchdog organizations sued the CIA after it refused to turn over records about the tapes’ destruction. The plaintiffs also requested the agency be held in contempt for destroying the recordings.
But Judge Alvin Hellerstein declined, saying to do so “would serve no beneficial purpose.” read more>>>