Yes, When You Torture, It Is Devastating

by Daniel Russ on April 16, 2010

Porter Goss

“Contradicting his cover story that tapes depicting brutal interrogations of terror suspects were destroyed without his knowledge, new documents show former CIA director Porter Goss personally approved—and even joked about—eliminating the evidence in 2005. Obtained by the ACLU, one document said that Goss “agreed” to the decision and an internal e-mail said that he “laughed and said that actually, it would be he, PG, who would take the heat” for the move. A message from the head of CIA’s clandestine service at the time, Jose Rodriguez Jr., warned that the tapes would “look terrible; it would be devastating to us.” Top White House officials, including White House counsel Harriet Miers, were reportedly upset that they hadn’t been told, according to the e-mails.”

Source: NYT


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