Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., former head of the C.I.A.'s clandestine service, ordered the destruction of taped interrogations.

That’s the face of a patriot above these words. The face of a patriot who hindered justice because of the fury that America’s interrogation teams were under following September 11th, 2001.


In November 2005 Jose A. Rodriguez Jr  ordered his staff to destroy tapes of the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the first two detainees held in secret overseas prisons. The tapes had been kept in a safe in the agency’s station in Thailand, the country in which the interrogations were conducted in 2002.

Mr. Rodriguez told his team that CIA lawyers had okayed the destroying of the tapes because “the heat” agency officials would take over destroying the tapes “is nothing compared to what it would be if the tapes ever got into the public domain.”

The Justice Department ruled on Tuesday that no criminal charges would be sought in the destroying of these tapes, which Rodriguez and others denied even ever existing to a grand jury.

This is merely the latest example of of Justice Department officials’ declining to seek criminal penalties for some of the controversial episodes in the C.I.A.’s now defunct detention and interrogation program.

So hindering justice by destroying evidence of yourself and your team members brutalizing detainees goes without consequences?

Mr. Rodriguez is “a hero and a patriot, who simply wanted to protect his people and his country,” Mr. Bennett (his attorney) said.

As good ol’ George W., the man who approved all these tactics, states in his scintillating new book which he somehow found the vocabulary-that-wasn’t-there-in-his-presidential-years to pen: “Our intelligence officers carried out their orders with skill and courage, and they deserve our gratitude for protecting our nation.”

That’s right, as long as things are motivated by nationalism and a love for one’s country, than by all means do what you please.

And if you’ve got a lot of time on your hands check out D.O.J. memos on interrogation techniques.