CIA destroyed 12 harsh interrogation tapes

Court documents show the CIA destroyed a dozen videotapes of harsh interrogations of terror suspects.

The 12 tapes were part of a larger collection of 92 videotapes of terror suspects that the CIA destroyed. The tape destruction is now the subject of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the government.

Heavily redacted papers filed in the case indicate a dozen destroyed tapes show so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

The CIA’s enhanced interrogation methods are secret, but they once included waterboarding, which simulates drowning. CIA officials have said they held fewer than 100 prisoners at secret sites and used harsh interrogation methods on about one-third of them. Of those, three were waterboarded.