On December 20, 2007, the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence subpoenaed Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA's National Clandestine Service (NCS), over the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of two terror suspects in 2002. Several investigations had been previously launched into the tapes' destruction, most notably by the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ initially asked the Committee to defer its investigation, but later backed off that position. CIA Director Michael Hayden acknowledged in December 2007 that the CIA had videotaped the interrogation of two al Qaeda suspects in 2002, but claimed the tapes were destroyed in 2005 amid concerns that they would be leaked to the public. In August 2008, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the CIA was not in contempt of court for destroying the videotapes.
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