A lot of people seem to be upset that the CIA destroyed tapes of interrogations of Al Qaeda operatives. And of course a lot of folks opposed to the Bush administration will use this discovery for political purposes. Here’s my take from high up in the bleachers.
I’m not in the least bit shocked that the CIA would try to destroy the tapes of an interrogation. It’s a spy agency for God’s sake, not an accounting firm. The whole foundation of the CIA is based on secrecy and covert operations, not transparency and accountability. Yet I too have to confess to being shocked by this revelation. Why? Well, apparently our top spy agency is too inept to handle even a simple cover up operation. This a very despairing revelation.
It’s sort of like finding out that your Karate instructor was beaten up by an interior decorator. It’s bad enough when embarrassing stuff like this happens, but do we really want to publicize our top spy agency’s buffoonish mistakes on the front page of a major newspaper? Apparently so.