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Roberts and the waterboarding tapes

When Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee, did he consent to the destruction of tapes showing CIA officials waterboarding terror suspect Abu Zubayda? A recently released CIA document says he did. But Roberts' office denies it, saying that he was briefed but didn't "assent to the destruction of any videotapes" and calling on the Justice Department to release "all the memoranda that exist regarding briefings for all members of Congress." The document describes how Roberts "winced" upon hearing how suspected USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was interrogated by "the cocking of a pistol (reportedly unloaded) near his blind-folded face, and the brandishment of an electric hand drill." According to, a Justice Department special prosecutor is looking into whether the CIA broke the law by destroying the waterboarding tapes, which might have been used as evidence in a trial.