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In Civil Liberties on March 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm

CIA destroyed 92 interrogation tapes during the War on Terror:

The CIA has destroyed nearly 100 interrogation tapes of terror suspects, a number far greater than was previously acknowledged by the agency.  The agency “can now identify the number of videotapes that were destroyed” stated a letter from government attorneys to the judge presiding over the case. “Ninety-two videotapes were destroyed.”

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said the number of tapes revealed in the court documents does not contradict past statements.  “We never said publicly how many tapes from the agency’s detention program were destroyed, so it’s wrong for people to claim the figure is higher than before,” he said. “That’s just not true… If anyone thinks it’s agency policy to impede the enforcement of American law, they simply don’t know the facts,” Gimigliano’s statement concluded.

It’s not clear when the other tapes were destroyed, but the ACLU contends that those tapes should have been turned over pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request it filed, and claims the tapes were also withheld from the 9/11 Commission.  Additionally, before the trial of the only terror suspect indicted in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the CIA had told the Justice Department that it did not have any interrogation tapes.

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