CIA Tactics Endorsed In Secret Memos

The Wash­ing­ton Post has a page one sto­ry today on a pair of secret Bush Admin­is­tra­tion mem­os sent to the CIA, that explic­it­ly endorse the agency’s use of tor­ture tech­niques. It’s unclear who the leaks came from, but it appears that the mem­os addressed con­cerns expressed by then-CIA Direc­tor George Tenet:

The repeat­ed requests for a paper trail reflect­ed grow­ing wor­ries with­in the CIA that the admin­is­tra­tion might lat­er dis­tance itself from key deci­sions about the han­dling of cap­tured al-Qae­da lead­ers, for­mer intel­li­gence offi­cials said.

So, Tenet was look­ing to cov­er his ass. Nice report­ing WaPo.

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