First the crime, then the investigation

The damning news that the Central Intelligence Agency destroyed videotapes that showed torture of terrorism suspects has brought demands for investigations by both the Justice Department and Congress.

The tapes, which the CIA admits shows “waterboarding” of terrorism suspects could become the “smoking gun” of the Bush Administration’s use of “harsh interrogation” techniques long banned by the Geneva Convention.

The White House, of course, says it didn’t know about the existence of such tapes but new evidence shows that former Bush counsel Harriet Meirs advised the CIA to not destroy the tapes.

Congress Plans C.I.A. Obstruction Inquiries – The Justice Department said it would consider an investigation into the destruction of interrogation tapes, while the House and Senate intelligence committees said they would open their own probes. [Washington News]