The spy stuff just keeps coming today:
The Obama administration objected yesterday to the release of certain Bush-era documents that detail the videotaped interrogations of CIA detainees at secret prisons, arguing to a federal judge that doing so would endanger national security and benefit al-Qaeda’s recruitment efforts.
In an affidavit, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta defended the classification of records describing the contents of the 92 videotapes, their destruction by the CIA in 2005 and what he called “sensitive operational information” about the interrogations.
The forced disclosure of such material to the American Civil Liberties Union “could be expected to result in exceptionally grave damage to the national security by informing our enemies of what we knew about them, and when, and in some instances, how we obtained the intelligence we possessed,” Panetta argued.
It’s hard to have much of an opinion about this; anyone against keeping the records classified is at a disadvantage by not knowing what is in them. Making matters more complicated, many who would be inclined to trust the current administration would have to conceded that it was okay for the previous administration to classify the documents. It’s the same behavior in both cases.