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CIA to give House panel info on destruction of interrogation videos

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency will turn over information to Congress regarding the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive], Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday. Reyes' committee had begun the process of drawing up subpoenas for CIA documents after the Justice Department initially instructed the CIA not to cooperate [JURIST report] with the committee's investigation, but senior intelligence officials told AP that the CIA will begin turning over the requested information soon, possibly as early as Thursday.

CIA Director Michael Hayden acknowledged [statement text] earlier this month that the CIA had videotaped the interrogation of two al Qaeda suspects in 2002, but said that the tapes had been destroyed in 2005 amid concerns that they could be leaked to the public and compromise the identities of the interrogators. Several investigations have been launched into the tapes' destruction, including a joint DOJ-CIA preliminary investigation [JURIST report] and multiple congressional inquiries. AP has more.

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