CIA Withheld Tapes From 9/11 Panel

Commission chairmen slam CIA for not disclosing interrogation videos
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2007 7:57 AM CST
With demonstrators in the background, David Remes, a lawyer who represents a Yemeni national and other detainees, center, talks to reporters outside federal court in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2007,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The 9/11 Commission made repeated requests to the CIA for details on the interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects and were told they'd been given everything the CIA had, the New York Times reports. A member of the commission reviewed classified records of the panel's work after the CIA said the agency would have turned over the now-destroyed tapes but had never been asked for them. The commission's two chairmen say they are now convinced that the CIA deliberately tried to obstruct the inquiry.

The review, prepared by Philip Zelikow, the panel’s former executive director, concluded that “further investigation is needed” to determine whether the CIA broke the law in withholding the tapes. His report will be turned over to investigators. “I don’t know whether that’s illegal or not, but it’s certainly wrong,” said Thomas Kean, one of the commission's chairmen and a former governor of New Jersey.