CIA told not to destroy tapes
CIA officials were advised by White House and Justice Department officials, as well as senior members of Congress, not to destroy â€śhundreds of hours of videotapes showing the interrogations of two operatives of Al Qaeda,â€? government officials said Friday, according to the New York Times.
The CIA came under scrutiny Thursday when it became public that the agency had destroyed tapes which recorded â€śharshâ€? interrogation techniques including water boarding in 2005 â€śin the midst of congressional and legal scrutiny about its secret detention program.â€?
The CIA and Justice Department announced a joint inquiry to the tapesâ€™ destruction Saturday.