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May 22, 2015

Frontline revealed this week that the Senate was never told about the destruction for tapes showing the CIA waterboarding prisoners because "it never seemed like the right time," so we made to greeting cards to help get over those awkward times.

This week Frontline released an excellent documentary on the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation” (torture) following the attacks on 9/11. It is well worth watching, but this clip stuck out to us. In it, John Rizzo, the Former Acting General Counsel of the CIA, discusses how he thought CIA director Porter Goss had told Congress that the CIA destroyed tapes showing detainees being subjected to those “enhanced interrogation techniques.” By destroying the evidence, the CIA was essentially admitting they committed a crime. In the clip below, Rizzo describes how he asked Goss if he had let Congress know about the destruction of the tapes and Goss said he never did because “there didn’t seem to be the right time to do it.”

Now, I can understand how uncomfortable it can be to tell the heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the United States willfully eliminated evidence that it was engaged in torture, so we designed the following greeting cards for directors of the CIA to use should they ever encounter this kind of awkward situation again.