Entries in Interrogation (2)


Police Release Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Interrogation Tapes

George Frey/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Brian David Mitchell told detectives who interviewed him shortly after his arrest that he had been commanded by God to kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002, and that she had "a glorious experience" with him.

The interview is shown in a video newly released by the Utah District Federal Court, in which a Salt Lake City police detective and an FBI agent question Mitchell sitting around a table in an interview room.

The video was released in response to a motion filed by attorneys for The Salt Lake Tribune and KUTV.

Mitchell, with his wild gray beard, spouts Biblical references and expounds his belief in his calling from God as the investigators try to pin him down on details about the abduction of Smart and the nine months he and Wanda Barzee held her captive.

The two-hour interview was conducted in 2003 by Salt Lake City Police Detective Cordon Parks and FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Ross hours after Mitchell was arrested in Sandy, Utah.

Smart was taken at knifepoint from her bed in the middle of the night on June 5, 2002, while her sister slept.

During Mitchell's trial last year, she told the court that Mitchell held a knife to her throat, took her to an encampment near Salt Lake City, pronounced her his wife, and raped her repeatedly.  Smart also testified that he forced her to view pornography, drink alcohol and watch him and Barzee engage in sexual activity.

After a nine-month search that attracted extensive national coverage, Smart was rescued in 2003 when she was walking in a suburb of Salt Lake City with Mitchell and Barzee.

Barzee, 65, was sentenced in May 2010 to 15 years after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

A District court judge allowed the early interrogation tapes to be released after Mitchell, a homeless street preacher, was convicted in December of kidnapping and transportation of a minor across state lines to engage in sexual activity.

This May, with the help of Smart's emotionally grueling testimony, Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison.

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DOJ Says No Charges to be Filed in Destruction of Interrogation Tapes

Photo Courtesy - CIA [dot] gov(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department on Tuesday released a statement saying no one will be charged in the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing controversial interrogation methods being used on detainees.

Assistant United States Attorney John Durham has been working with a team of FBI agents and federal prosecutors to determine whether any crimes were committed, either by CIA agents or contractors working for the U.S. government.  The investigation could have led to charges of obstruction of justice, false statements and the violation of U.S. torture statues.

Ninety-two tapes apparently showing harsh treatment, including the so-called "waterboarding" technique, were destroyed in 2005.  The CIA has said its motive in getting rid of them was to protect agency veterans whose security could be compromised after the widely publicized Abu Ghraib photos surfaced.
The destruction of the tapes was triggered by Jose Rodriguez, who was chief of the agency's directorate of operations. 

CIA Director Leon E. Panetta responded to the Justice Department’s statement saying:

“The Department of Justice informed me this morning that no criminal charges will be brought against Agency officers for the destruction of video tapes of CIA detainee interrogations…The Agency has cooperated with the investigation of this issue from the start, and we welcome the decision.  We will continue, of course, to cooperate with the Department of Justice on any other aspects of the former program that it reviews.  But we are pleased that the decision was made not to charge any Agency officers for the destruction of the tapes.”

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