The CIA destroyed videotapes it made in 2002 of two top terror suspects because it was afraid that keeping them “posed a security risk,” Director Michael Hayden has told agency employees.
In his message to agency workers, Hayden said that House and Senate intelligence committee leaders had been informed of the existence of the tapes and the CIAs intention to destroy them to protect the identities of the questioners. He also said the CIAs internal watchdog watched the tapes in 2003 and verified that the interrogation practices were legal. Hayden said the tapes were destroyed three years after the 2002 interrogations.
Who watches the watchers? The watchers’ own watchdog, that’s who!