Durham Torture Tape Case Dies

The statute of limitations for charging any general crime by employees and/or agents of the US Government for destructing the infamous “Torture Tapes” has expired today, as the best available information on the date of the destruction suggests that this destruction occured on the 8th of November 2005. The general statute of limitations is 5 years.

As acknowledged by the CIA, the videotapes contained evidence of the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” during the questioning of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri in a CIA black site in Thailand.

As a result, no one will face criminal charges for destroying CIA videotapes.

According to NPR:

Two sources close to the investigation say a federal prosecutor has concluded there isn’t enough evidence to bring an indictment.

It’s still possible that a current or former CIA official could face  charges for misleading investigators or otherwise obstructing justice,  related areas that the prosecutor has been investigating for more than  two years.

Emptywheel comments:

The open and shut criminal case against Jose Rodriquez is gone. The clear potential for cases against the four Bush/Cheney White House attorneys involved in the torture tapes destruction, as well as the two CIA junior attorneys, gone. Same for any case against Porter Goss. Gone, and the DOJ has no explanation and nothing to say.


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