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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 “hundreds of hours of videotapes showing the interrogations of two operatives of Al Qaeda,? 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 “harsh? interrogation techniques including water boarding in 2005 “in the midst of congressional and legal scrutiny about its secret detention program.?
The CIA and Justice Department announced a joint inquiry to the tapes’ destruction Saturday.