New information on the torture of detainees in custody at CIA “black sites” has come to light, revealing that the videotaped torture of Abu Zubaydah, tapes destroyed in 2005 by the CIA, showed Zubaydah “vomiting and screaming” after being stripped naked and waterboarded.
CIA legal counsel John Rizzo termed the videos “very disturbing” but insisted that all of the torture was “legal” at the time and that the videos were “extraordinarily hard to watch.”
Jose Rodriguez, the author of a new book defending the torture of suspects as a proud moment in American history, insisted that he was perfectly within his rights to order all of the videos of the torture to be destroyed. He insisted that the destruction was vital because the “heat from destroying the tapes is nothing compared to what it would be if the tapes got into the public domain.”
Bush Administration officials repeatedly defended the torture, insisting that secret memos agreed that the policy was legal. The Obama Administration has refused to investigate the abuse.
15 thoughts on “Destroyed Videos Showed US Torture Victim ‘Vomiting and Screaming’”
Destroying the tapes was criminal obstruction of justice. This man could be convicted in a heartbeat if charges were brought against him, simply based on his own statements. It's a measure of the spinelessness of the current administration that he's not in jail.
I don't think that it is a question of the current administration being spineless — that gives them too much credit and implies that if they were more courageous then they would prosecute. They are practicing the same thing in different locations and don't want attention brought to the current state of affairs — the past repeating itself with one grinning face replacing another. (Obama/Bush)
And the spinelessness of the American to stand up to his legacy.
Rizzo called it disturbing but I tend to think that having he and Rodriquez waterboarded for 92 hours would be down right hilarious. When can we begin?
commit war crimes,
get a book deal!
im filled with pride!
Do you keep it as intelligent to state the opposite of your opinion ????
Or is it just political neurosis ?
more or less…
Torture was never legal.
Prosecute this man!
Why Rumsfeld is not sitting on the electrical chair???
Is there no justice in the USA?
When he signed the rules for torture for Iraq, he told the man who got it "Do with them what you want".
You got it – there is no justice in the USA. Bush 1 = Clinton = Bush 2 = Obama = whoever is elected next from the Fascist 2-party scam referred to as the Republican party and the Democratic party. This scam is loyal only to the "Military – Industrial – Prison – Mainstream Media – Debt-based Economic System" complex. American politicians are among the most corrupt psychopaths and sociopaths on the planet, who couldn't give a rat's ass about torturing, bombing, or otherwise murdering anyone, in any numbers, anywhere. American voters are the most dumbed-down sheep on the planet. Soon these sheep will be slaughetered, and the slaughter will be clearly enabled by their own "elected" officials.
Antiwar failed – despite so many articles only 8 % pro- war.
This guy is atrocious. he must be one of the S.American graduates of the School of the Americas, and now he lives amongst us. He shokuld be waterboarded, then prosecuted.
OK. So be it.
I just don't want to hear any crap from former American government officials and bureaucrats when it's their turn during Civil War II, when revolutionary forces need to locate and apprehend their colleagues and 'buddies'.
Biggest CRIME of the new millennium, 3000 Americans dead….. and Jose Rodriguez "decides" it's O.K to destroy some of the evidence…??? ALSO DESTROYED… A tape by Air Traffic Controllers who handled the "hijacked" planes…. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A6632-20…
Destroyed tapes? Funny how all that evidence just disappears when it's inconvenient. Wonder where all the video footage of that phantom jet that hit the Pentagon went?
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