Destroyed Videotapes Fail to Mask the Ugly Reality of Torture
On Friday, December 7, the Open Society Policy Center released a statement on the destruction of videotapes of interrogations by the Central Intelligence Agency.

December 10, 2007

DESTROYED VIDEOTAPES FAIL TO MASK THE UGLY REALITY OF TORTURE

Congress, Justice Department Must Investigate Destruction of Interrogation Videotapes

The Open Society Policy Center (OSPC) today urged Congress to investigate the destruction of videotapes of interrogations by the Central Intelligence Agency and called for legislation requiring all CIA interrogations to be videotaped.

“This is truly a case in which a destroyed picture speaks a thousand words,” said OSPC Deputy Director Stephen Rickard.

Intelligence experts believe that the CIA was afraid of how the public would react if they actually saw these interrogations in living color and knew that the tapes would provoke a strong reaction.

OSPC called on Congress to conduct oversight investigations into the destruction of the tapes and to legislate a requirement that all CIA interrogations be videotaped. It also demanded that the Justice Department investigate whether destroying the tapes amounted to a criminal offense.

“CIA Director Hayden was correct to state that the CIA created these tapes to make sure that CIA employees obeyed the law. Destroying the tapes undermined what America stands for. Congress should mandate that the CIA systematically videotape interrogations and retain them,” said Rickard.

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