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New Docs Shed Light On White House Role In CIA Tape Destruction

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Alex Abdo, an ACLU legal fellow, writes about the new documents here.

Among those documents, Abdo writes, are two November 2005 cables from a CIA field office to CIA headquarters requesting permission to destroy the tapes, and a third cable, sent soon after, confirming their destruction. The cables were sent directly after the Washington Post revealed the existence of CIA black sites, and the New York Times reported that the CIA Inspector General had questioned the legality of the agency's torture program. In other words, the CIA may have destroyed the tapes in order to keep the full extent of the torture program from the public.