The concern that records might be destroyed seemed academic until recently. The Bush administration had for years fought the captives' right to bring habeas lawsuits, and the end of the cases seemed nowhere in sight. But last July the Supreme Court said the cases could proceed. The litigations, which had sputtered along since 2004, gained steam. More lawyers began booking hotel rooms near the Crystal City stronghold, and for the first time they're having to line up to use the 20 or so government computers there.
Translation: politicians in Washington are getting flinchy about how little actual evidence was produced in these cases, according to the true American legal standards; they would rather have these records destroyed than have them scrutinized in daylight,embarrassing those on both sides of the isle as to how these charges were established, and how these cases were prosecuted.