Hayden Knew of Interrogation Videotapes
CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden speaks at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance in Washington, in this Sept. 18, 2007 file photo. The Bush administration was under court order not to discard evidence of detainee torture and abuse months before the CIA destroyed videotapes that revealed some of its harshest interrogation tactics.(AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File) (Lauren Victoria Burke – AP)
The timely extraction of information that could be vital to National Security is a dirty, yet necessary business. Who cares if the tapes were destroyed? Why give a liberal congressional staffer more secrets to leak? It amazes me that so many folks find so distasteful the methods that are used to protect them. I dont sanction torture, nor do I relish in its application. But Im also a realist; if Al Zawahiri was captured today, I would say our government would be remiss in not using all the methods available to extract crucial information. If he was captured in close proximity to nuclear material, skip the waterboard and go straight to the car batteries and box springs..