Conclusion

No One to Blame for Destroyed CIA Tapes

Special prosecutor John Durham doesn’t have enough evidence to press charges against anyone for the destruction of 92 CIA videotapes, NPR reports. The tapes showed images of al Qaeda detainees Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri being tortured in CIA custody. The two planned the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen and have been held in Guantanamo Bay. In November 2005, Jose Rivera, a former CIA officer, gave the OK to destroy the tapes but Rivera never testified before a grand jury. When the case came to light two years ago, the CIA claimed that it destroyed the tapes “because they could harm the security of agency interrogators and inflame sentiment in the Muslim world.”