The enormity of what might have happened - the torturing to death of an innocent 21 year-old, held captive since he was 16 and the removal of his organs - would recruit even more Jihadists than Cheney managed in his seven years of torturing and covering up... If you want to know how the government "lost" the last tape of the torturing of Jose Padilla, or why the CIA, with impunity, destroyed the tapes of their waterboarding, this reason remains... And someone somewhere in the military or CIA has told the Justice Department to stay away, just as they persuaded the president to withhold photographs proving that the abuses at Abu Ghraib were worldwide policy on Cheney's and Bush's orders.
"What I told Brian Ross in late 2007 was wrong on a couple counts," [former CIA operative John Kiriakou] writes. "I suggested that Abu Zubaydah had lasted only thirty or thirty-five seconds during his waterboarding before he begged his interrogators to stop; after that, I said he opened up and gave the agency actionable intelligence. ... I relied on what I'd heard and read inside the agency at the time. ... In retrospect, it was a valuable lesson in how the CIA uses the fine arts of deception even among its own.
Just think about this for a minute. Barack Obama, like George Bush before him, has claimed the authority to order American citizens murdered based solely on the unverified, uncharged, unchecked claim that they are associated with Terrorism and pose "a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests." They're entitled to no charges, no trial, no ability to contest the accusations.