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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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December 10, 2007 | Faye Fiore and Chuck Neubauer, Times Staff Writers
Senators from both parties suggested Sunday that the CIA's destruction of videotaped interrogations of two suspected Al Qaeda terrorists could constitute obstruction of justice, carried out as the spy agency's methods were coming under fierce legal scrutiny. "Burning tapes, destroying evidence -- I don't know how deep this goes. Could there be obstruction of justice? Yes," Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.
WORLD
December 9, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The CIA launched a secret program in 2005 designed to degrade Iran's nuclear weapons program by persuading key officials to defect, an effort that has prompted a "handful" of significant departures, current and former U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the operation say. The previously undisclosed program, which CIA officials dubbed "the Brain Drain," is part of a major intelligence push against Iran ordered by the White House two years ago.
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December 9, 2007 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department and the CIA's Office of the Inspector General said Saturday that they had launched a joint inquiry into the CIA's controversial destruction of videotaped interrogations of two Al Qaeda suspects. The preliminary inquiry would be a first step in determining whether a full investigation and potential criminal charges were warranted. The probe had been under discussion since shortly after CIA Director Michael V.
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December 8, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Key members of Congress on Friday called for multiple investigations into the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes, charging the agency may have eliminated evidence of torture, obstructed justice or engaged in an illegal coverup. The CIA's disclosure that it had destroyed tapes showing harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects rekindled the emotional controversy surrounding U.S.
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