from depauw university: “Did they obstruct our inquiry? The answer is clearly yes,” says Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, in the wake of reports the CIA destroyed videotapes of interrogations of two al-Qaida suspects. “Whether that amounts to a crime, others will have to judge,” adds Hamilton, a 1952 graduate of DePauw University, in today’s Detroit Free Press.
The article details demands by congressional Democrats “that the Justice Department investigate why the CIA destroyed” the tapes. It notes, “White House press secretary Dana Perino said President George W. Bush didn’t recall being told about the tapes or their destruction. But she didn’t rule out White House involvement, saying she hadn’t asked others about it.”
Meanwhile, the International Herald Tribune reports “the former chairmen of the Sept. 11 commission, who said the CIA assured them repeatedly during their inquiry that no original material existed from its interrogations of Qaeda figures, said they were furious to learn about the tapes.”