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Senators Grill CIA Director Behind Closed Doors

On Capitol Hill, Senators grilled the head of the CIA about interrogation techniques and the destruction of interrogation videotapes.

Michael Hayden announced last week that two tapes showing tough interrogations were destroyed in 2005. The Senate Intelligence Committee got a chance to ask him why his agency destroyed the tapes.

The hearing came as the Department of Justice and the CIA both initiated investigations into the tapes' destruction. The House Intelligence Committee intends to do the same.

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Tom Gjelten reports on religion, faith, and belief for NPR News, a beat that encompasses such areas as the changing religious landscape in America, the formation of personal identity, the role of religion in politics, and conflict arising from religious differences. His reporting draws on his many years covering national and international news from posts in Washington and around the world.