Ex-CIA Officer Who Destroyed Waterboarding Videos: Torturers ‘Disgusted’ at Being Labeled ‘Torturers’

Jose A Rodriguez JrVia Common Dreams:

The former CIA officer who ordered the destruction of videotaped interrogations which showed the torture of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Nashiri in a secret CIA prison in Thailand in 2002, says he did so because he worried about the global repercussions if the footage leaked out and wanted to get “rid of some ugly visuals.”Jose Rodriguez, who oversaw the CIA’s once-secret interrogation and detention program, in his new book Hard Measures, writes critically of President Obama’s counterterrorism policies and complains openly about the president’s public criticism of Bush’s torture policies.

“I cannot tell you how disgusted my former colleagues and I felt to hear ourselves labeled ‘torturers’ by the president of the United States,” Rodriguez writes in his book, Hard Measures, which the Associated Press previewed in a new report.

Complaining about “bureaucratic” hand-wringing in Washington, Rodriguez claims he had the authority to dispose of the tapes. “I wasn’t going to sit around another three years waiting for people to get up the courage,” to do what CIA lawyers said he had the authority to do himself, Rodriguez writes…

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  • Nunzio X

    NOTE TO OUR “LEADERS”:

    If what you’re doing is SO FUCKED UP that it would cause you problems if it became common knowledge, then what you’re doing is WRONG and BAD and you should stop.

    The very fact that this fuck wanted to destroy the tapes is proof positive he knew waterboarding was, in fact, TORTURE.

  • NarwhalNecropsy

    Don’t like being called torturers, eh? Then DON’T FUCKING TORTURE PEOPLE. Pretty simple, right?

    • Guest

      Or just destroy all of the evidence so no one can prove it. ;)

  • Territory Band

    So what?

    Radical Marxist OWS terrorists who make life difficult for the 99% are “horrified” to be described as radical Marxist terrorists who make life difficult for the very people they purport to help. 

    Marxists who claimed to help the working class were “horrified” when Marxism ended up killing over 100 million people in the last Century.

    And women who commit more domestic violence and child abuse than men are “horrified” when their behavior is exposed.

    People who do bad things often like to hide behind a mask of righteousness and moral superiority. This is hardly news.

    • Guest

      Herp derp communism herp derp more communism herp derp reverse sexism herp derp

    • Redacted

      lol

    • Andrew

      > Radical Marxist OWS terrorists who make life difficult for the 99% are
      “horrified” to be described as radical Marxist terrorists who make life
      difficult for the very people they purport to help.

      That is, simply, a lie.

      > People who do bad things often like to hide behind a mask of righteousness and moral superiority. This is hardly news.

      Yes, you do.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    the guy’s photo looks like a wanted poster
    just looking at it is torture

    > “I cannot tell you how disgusted my former colleagues and I felt
    to hear ourselves labeled ‘torturers’ by the president of the United States”

    I cannot tell you how disgusted I felt to hear tortures labeled ‘enhanced interrogators’
    by the president of the United States”

    Torturers prefer to be called heroes.
    Pigs prefer to be called public servants.
    Mercenaries prefer to be called security forces.
    Dictators prefer to be called Presidents.
    Slaves prefer to call themselves free.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Nothing stings quite as bad as an unwelcomed truth.

  • mysophobe

    The fact that he destroyed the evidence tells me that he’s not as proud of his actions as he lets on. I like how uses the word “courage” as if he understands what it means.

  • Taisto

    Universal thing; contemporary nazis and racists hate to be called nazis and racists.
    They claim it insults their “freedom of speech”.
    Seems to be a common psychological trait of psychopaths. Denial of reality.

  • Vincent Vega

    I would want to get as much information from them too. If it means pouring water on their face and being an asshole so be it.

    But I think a more sensible approach is to get the fuck out of their country and mind our own business.  Then they aren’t trying to fucking kill us.  Don’t help any of those fucking countries, don’t side with any of them. Don’t support them in any way.  Let them kill each other, it’s none of our business.

    Fight them there instead of here?  Come here with the intent of starting shit and get your head blown off, next……

  • Bruteloop

    psychopath

  • rtb61

    Torturers often want to hide, the are uni formally disliked and distrusted by everyone. The torturers job is to force people to say what the torturer wants them to say, truth or lies, does not come into it.
    It is disgusting that he is labelled as a torturer and gets away with, he along with the rest of them as well as those who ordered it, should face public trial and once convicted imprisoned for the rest of their unnatural lives.

  • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

    I find this guy’s disgusting mustache torturous to the eye.

    • Calypso_1

      No kidding, that’s some serious Sadamn Hoosane/Dirty Sanchez going on.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    This guy should be in Westerns…wearing a sombrero and ammo- belts slung across his chest. It would look better if someone knocked out a few of his teeth (for effect) too -to complete the look….. 

    Rodriguez the terrible!!

    • Calypso_1

      He needs some boots like these.

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Wow, are these boots or tongue depressors?

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        Boy those are some cockroach kickers!

        • Calypso_1

          check out the vid below.  That this is part of a tribal electronica music scene is even more amusing.

          • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

            Wild.

            I kind of liked the ones with the disco balls on the toes…

          • Calypso_1

            Indeed.  I already have a collection of curly toed shoes from Pakistan and Rajistan.  Think I’ll try and find a pair of these in Dallas. 

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