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Did Roberts ‘assent’ to destroying torture tapes?

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Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., figures into the dispute about the CIA destroying videotape recordings of terrorism suspects being brutally interrogated, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. The recently released Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture mentions a Sept. 4, 2003, CIA memo about a closed briefing the committee received from Stanley Moskowitz of the CIA’s Office of Congressional Affairs. According to the memo, then-Committee Chairman Roberts “winced” at a graphic description of the interrogation techniques used on one terror suspect. When told of the CIA’s plan to destroy the videotapes, “Roberts listened carefully and gave his assent,” according to the memo. However, the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation found no independent evidence to corroborate that the briefing took place. A spokesman for Roberts told the New York Times in 2010 that Roberts did not approve the destruction of the videotapes. – Phillip Brownlee

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