The [US] government on Monday revealed for the first time the extent of the destruction of videotapes in 2005 by the Central Intelligence Agency, saying that agency officers destroyed 92 videotapes documenting the harsh interrogations of two Qaeda suspects in C.I.A. detention.
The disclosure came in a letter filed by federal prosecutors investigating the destruction of the tapes in November 2005.
It had been previously known that officials of the agency had destroyed hundreds of hours of videotaped interrogations, but the documents filed Monday reveal the number of tapes.
The tapes had been held in a safe at the C.I.A. station in Thailand, the country where two detainees — Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri — were interrogated.
The filing of the documents, submitted to a court in New York as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, came as federal prosecutors were wrapping up the investigation into the matter. (New York Times)
It’s official. It’s federal. It’s in court. It’s the Freedom of Information Act at work (something totally incomprehensible in Thailand of course).
Now, look at the reaction of the thai Army Chief.
Army chief Anupong Paojinda insists the United States has no secret jail in Thailand for captured terror suspects.
“I insist there’s no such place in the army. I guarantee a million per cent with my position as guarantee,” Gen Anupong said.
The army chief said there were no such secret places in Udon Thani.
” You can go everywhere, every district, every tambon in the province [to check],” he said.
Asked why the information the US has a secret jail in Thailand had been confirmed in the US, Gen Anupong declined to comment. (Bangkok Post)
Now you understand the expression : dumb as a man in uniform.
It would have been easier for Anupong to just say “no comment” or “I don’t know”. But thai generals are like bad actors on a stage… They always feel the urge to say something, even if it’s totally idiotic.
“I guarantee a million per cent with my position as guarantee” … it’s hilarious.
How do you say “lose face” in thai ? 😉