Some Destroyed CIA Tapes Showed “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”

In new court documents filed today, the Justice Department acknowledged that twelve of the destroyed CIA interrogation tapes depict “enhanced interrogation techniques” — what most people call torture — the ACLU announced in a press release.

The government also said it would provide a list of summaries, transcripts, and memoranda related to the destroyed tapes, though the ACLU noted that a previous list was almost entirely redacted.

The CIA admitted earlier this week that it had destroyed 92 interrogation tapes. The destruction was ordered by then operations chief Jose Rodriguez.

In an earlier Freedom of Information Act request, the ACLU asked for information on the treatment and interrogation of detainees in U.S. custody. It filed a motion in December 2007 to hold the CIA in contempt for its destruction of the tapes, which it argued violated a court order requiring the agency to produce or identify all the records it was asking for.

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