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Let’s Not Make Torture a Partisan Issue

Porter Goss, head of the CIA when the tapes of Abu Zubayda being tortured were destroyed, appears to be attacking Jane Harman in the Washington Post today:

 I do not recall a single objection from my colleagues. They did not vote to stop authorizing CIA funding. And for those who now reveal filed "memorandums for the record" suggesting concern, real concern should have been expressed immediately — to the committee chairs, the briefers, the House speaker or minority leader, the CIA director or the president’s national security adviser — and not quietly filed away in case the day came when the political winds shifted. And shifted they have.

He appears to be making reference to the memo Harman just released, written on February 11 2003, asking that CIA tapes of Abu Zubayda not be destoryed as planned after the Inspector General finished his inquiry.  It wasn’t "quietly filed away," it was sent to CIA General Counsel Scott Muller, and he responded on February 28 2003, which is a pretty good indication that he got it.  (Marcy Wheeler looks at other word games Goss is playing in his OpEd.)

But the best way to put an end to this partisan bickering is to have an investigation.  If Democrats are exposed for having been complicit, so be it, I’ve got no problem with that.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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