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January 17, 2008 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
A senior House Republican said information gathered by the House Intelligence Committee indicated that a high-ranking CIA official ordered the destruction of videotapes depicting agency interrogation sessions even though he was directed not to do so. The remark by Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) contradicts previous accounts that suggested that Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., the CIA official who ordered the tapes destroyed, was never instructed to preserve them.
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January 4, 2008 | Greg Miller and Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writers
More than two years before the CIA destroyed interrogation videotapes, top officials were urged to preserve them by a senior lawmaker who warned that disposing of the recordings would "reflect badly on the agency." The warning came in a February 2003 letter from Rep. Jane Harman of Venice, then the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
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December 24, 2007 | Greg Miller Times Staff Writer
Shortly after he arrived as CIA director in 2004, Porter J. Goss met with the agency's top spies and general counsel to discuss a range of issues, including what to do with videotapes showing harsh interrogations of Al Qaeda detainees, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter. "Getting rid of tapes in Washington," Goss said, according to an official involved in the discussions, "is an extremely bad idea."
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December 23, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The CIA has completed a controversial in-house probe of its inspector general and plans to make a series of changes in the way the agency conducts internal investigations, according to U.S. intelligence officials. CIA Inspector General John L. Helgerson has consented to more than a dozen procedural changes designed to address complaints that investigations carried out by his office were unfair to agency employees, the officials said.
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December 21, 2007 | James Gerstenzang and Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writers
President Bush said Thursday that he did not know about two CIA interrogation videotapes until the spy agency's director recently told him and said he would defer judgment about their destruction until administration officials completed their investigations. Speaking publicly for the first time about the most recent controversy over the administration's handling of terrorism suspects, Bush said he was confident that the inquiries would "end up enabling us all to find out what exactly happened."
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December 17, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee vowed Sunday to press ahead with the congressional investigation of the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes, despite the strenuous objections of the Justice Department. Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan said Congress would call witnesses and demand documents in order to investigate the CIA's decision to destroy videotapes of the interrogations of two suspected Al Qaeda operatives.
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December 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The controversy over destroyed CIA interrogation tapes is shaping up as a turf battle involving the courts, Congress and the White House, with the Bush administration telling its constitutional equals to stay out of the investigation. The Justice Department says it needs time and the freedom to investigate the destruction of hundreds of hours of recordings of two suspected terrorists. After Atty. Gen. Michael B.
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December 15, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt and Greg Miller, Times Staff Writers
The Justice Department on Friday moved to consolidate control over the investigation into the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes, saying that neither it nor the intelligence agency would cooperate with congressional probes into the matter. The moves angered members of Congress, who said that the department was obstructing legitimate legislative oversight.
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December 13, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
CIA Director Michael V. Hayden acknowledged Wednesday that the agency failed to keep key congressional committees adequately informed of the CIA's decision to destroy videotapes of secret interrogations.
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December 12, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Lawmakers leading the Senate investigation of the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes said there were gaps in the testimony of CIA Director Michael V. Hayden on Tuesday and outlined plans to call a series of witnesses as part of an expanding probe. "We had a useful and not yet complete hearing," said Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in comments after the 90-minute, closed-door session with the CIA director.
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