NY judge won't find CIA in contempt over tapes

October 5, 2011 - 8:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York has declined to find the CIA in contempt for destroying videotapes of Sept. 11 detainee interrogations, saying to do so would serve no beneficial purpose.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in a written ruling Wednesday the CIA has since remedied its failure to produce videotapes in response to requests by the American Civil Liberties Union. He wrote that the people processing the ACLU's Freedom of Information Act request may not have been aware of the videotapes' existence before they were destroyed.

The ACLU says it's "profoundly disappointed."

The government has acknowledged destroying 92 videotapes, including those containing interrogations of a high level al-Qaida lieutenant who claimed he suffered physical and mental torture.

The judge had earlier said a contempt finding would be impractical.