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.