A federal judge won't hold the CIA in civil contempt for the 2005 destruction of videotapes of the interrogation of high-level al-Qaida detainees -- but only because it wouldn't do any good. Southern District of New York Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein expressed disgust Thursday over the destruction of the tapes, but said he would focus on a remedy, one that might include requiring current and former CIA personnel and other government officials who had seen the tapes to produce any written notes or summaries.
CIA Faulted for Destruction of Interrogation Videotapes
New York Law Journal
January 18, 2008