Military to Tape All Interrogations on Bases

That includes Gitmo and Bagram, where most CIA suspects are held
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2010 8:13 AM CDT
In this image taken from a 2003 US Department of Defense surveillance video, Omar Khadr is shown in an interrogation room at Guatanamo Bay while being questioned by Canadian intelligence officers.   (AP Photo/US Department of Defense via The Canadian Press)
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(Newser) – From now on, military personnel must tape any interrogations that take place on a major military base, and are aimed at gathering “strategic intelligence,” according to a new order from the Pentagon. The regulations would apply to Guantanamo Bay, and Bagram Air Base, where the CIA is holding most of its suspected terrorists, the Wall Street Journal reports. It specifically does not apply, however, to troops in the field.

The new rules follow an internal review conducted in the wake of revelations two years ago that the CIA had destroyed 92 videotapes of its early interrogations. The Pentagon's new rules contains such detailed rules for handling and retaining its tapes that it's “an implicit critique of the CIA,” says a former Agency lawyer. The rules also satisfy a law Congress passed last year requiring new interrogation regulations.

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