Wednesday, December 19, 2007

White House Lawyers Involved In CIA Tapes

My, what a surprise.

WASHINGTON — At least four top White House lawyers took part in discussions with the CIA between 2003 and 2005 about whether to destroy videotapes showing the secret interrogations of two operatives from Al Qaeda, according to current and former administration and intelligence officials.

The accounts indicate that the involvement of White House officials in the discussions before the destruction of the tapes in November 2005 was more extensive than Bush administration officials have acknowledged.

Those who took part, the officials said, included Alberto Gonzales, who served as White House counsel until early 2005; David Adlington who was the counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney and is now his chief of staff; John B. Bellinger III, who until January 2005 was the senior lawyer at the National Security Council; and Harriet E Myers who succeeded Mr. Gonzales as White House counsel.more

Not exactly hitherto unbeknown to me but someone I have not watched in action before, Dan Abrams hosts, among others, Rachel Maddow and takes a look at the situation. video C&L

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