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Biden Wants Special Counsel For CIA Tapes

From those champions of national security at the Associated Press:

Biden wants special counsel in tape case

WASHINGTON – A Senate Democratic leader said Sunday the attorney general should appoint a special counsel to investigate the CIA’s destruction of videotaped interrogations of two suspected terrorists.

Sen. Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate and chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, cited Michael Mukasey’s refusal during confirmation hearings in October to describe waterboarding as torture.

Mukasey’s Justice Department and the CIA’s internal watchdog announced Saturday they would conduct a joint inquiry into the matter. That review will determine whether a full investigation is warranted.

“He’s the same guy who couldn’t decide whether or not waterboarding was torture and he’s going to be doing this investigation,” said Biden, who noted that he voted against making Mukasey the country’s top law enforcer.

“I just think it’s clearer and crisper and everyone will know what the truth … if he appoints a special counsel, steps back from it,” said Biden, D-Del.

“I think the easiest, straightest thing to do is to take it out of the political realm, appoint a special prosecutor and let them decide, and call — call it where it is. Is there a criminal violation? If there is, proceed. If not, don’t,” the senator said.

The spy agency’s director, Michael Hayden, told CIA employees Thursday that the recordings were destroyed out of fear the tapes would leak and reveal the identities of interrogators. He said the sessions were videotaped to provide an added layer of legal protection for interrogators using new, harsh methods authorized by President Bush as a way to break down the defenses of recalcitrant prisoners.

The House and Senate intelligence committees also are investigating…

“I think that Hayden is not to be the judge of whether or not his ordering or his condoning the destroying of the tapes was lawful,” Biden said. “It appears as though there may be an obstruction of justice charge here, tampering with evidence, and destroying evidence. And this is — I think this is one case where it really does call for a special counsel. I think this leads right into the White House. There may be a legal and rational explanation, but I don’t see any on the face of it.” …

The tapes showed interrogations of Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee taken by the CIA in 2002. Zubaydah, under harsh questioning, told CIA interrogators about alleged Sept. 11 accomplice Ramzi Binalshibh. The two men’s confessions also led to the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who the U.S. government said was the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The other taped interrogations showed Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, which left 17 U.S. sailors dead. He and Zubaydah are now being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Did Mr. Biden plagiarize the ACLU’s press release?

What a preposterous circus.

It seems like only yesterday these self-same clowns were pretending to be so concerned about the leaking of the identity of a desk jockey at Langley.

Yet now they want to reveal the identities of some of the top CIA interrogators.

Maybe someone should tell them that we don’t have any special prosecutor laws anymore, since they were used against Mr. Clinton.

(Even Mr. Fitzgerald’s unfortunate appointment in the Libby witch-hunt was probably illegal.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, December 9th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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