In view of all the flack that has been raining down on Washington, D.C. over the missing CIA interrogation tapes I am certain that the majority of the masses still have no clear idea as to the implications of this matter. The whole issue centers around Torture.
Senator John McCain ( R ) put it in the most clear fashion possible by saying,
The destroyed tapes included a recording of the early 2002 interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee known to have been held by the CIA in the war on terror.
Zubaydah was the unfortunate guinea pig when the CIA jump-started its brutal interrogation program soon after 9/11. The video of Zubaydah’s interrogation might have shed further light on whether the United States has violated the Geneva Conventions with its treatment of prisoners. The identity of the other suspected terrorist whose interrogation was captured in a 2002 video, also destroyed in 2005, remains unclear.
When the CIA set up the interrogation program in early 2002 it turned to two psychologists linked to the military’s secretive Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape program. Last June, Salon reported that two CIA-employed psychologists,
James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, were central to the genesis of that program, which likely violated the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners.
SERE School at Ft. Bragg, N.C.
The Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape school at Fort Bragg, N. C. or SERE as it is known in the intelligence community is a small cadre of psychologists linked to the military’s secretive Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape program to “reverse-engineer” techniques originally designed to train U.S. soldiers to resist torture if captured, by exposing them to brutal treatment. In simple language, a School of Torture.
Ever since 911 the Bush Administration has been trying to make an end run around the Geneva Conventions prohibition of the torture of prisoners of war. You will probably recall the news of the CIA’s Secret prisons. All of a sudden, in the past month documents have been surfacing regarding the use of torture by the CIA and what was discovered? The video tapes needed to defend Abu Zubaydah have been destroyed in what many view as a cover-up by the CIA.
There are some who feel the CIA is conducting damage control in view of the fact that the current Bush administration will no longer be in power come next year and they are apprehensive as to how the next administration will view their actions. Already the CIA has been moved to hire expensive private counsel regarding this issue over interrogation.
Well, that gives you a general idea as to Buzz over the CIA tape’s. For the real “ meat and potatoes “ of the issue I have compiled a list of links below, mostly from Salon.com where their national correspondent Mark Benjamin has a ton of articles regarding the tapes and more importantly the CIA itself.
Source: Yahoo News, Salon.com
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