HOLDER TO LAUNCH WHITEWASHED TORTURE PROBE

Eric Holder, Attorney General Nominee

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Dy’er Sez: Considering the ‘narrow scope’ of the investigation, it seems like AG Holder is simply looking for a handful of low-level scapegoats so the current administration can claim that it did something about the war crimes committed by the last administration. This is absolutely ludicrous, and does nothing more than to add to the resentment and ill will aimed at our country from the rest of the world. And, let’s not forget, that covering up a war crime is tantamount to committing war crimes.

If it was one of our brave service people who was treated this way, we would be up in arms. If a foreign government head personally authorized that treatment, we would be calling for blood.
 
Story from the LA Times:
 
Criminal investigation into CIA treatment of detainees expected
 
By Greg Miller and Josh Meyer

Reporting from Washington — U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. is poised to appoint a criminal prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA abuses committed during the interrogation of terrorism suspects, current and former U.S. government officials said.

A senior Justice Department official said that Holder envisioned an inquiry that would be narrow in scope, focusing on “whether people went beyond the techniques that were authorized” in Bush administration memos that liberally interpreted anti-torture laws.

Current and former CIA and Justice Department officials who have firsthand knowledge of the interrogation files contend that criminal convictions will be difficult to obtain because the quality of evidence is poor and the legal underpinnings have never been tested.

Some cases have not previously been disclosed, including an instance in which a CIA operative brought a gun into an interrogation booth to force a detainee to talk, officials said.

Other potentially criminal abuses have already come to light, including the waterboarding of prisoners in excess of Justice Department guidelines, and the deaths of detainees in CIA custody in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002 and 2003.

Opening a criminal investigation is something Holder “has come reluctantly to consider,” the Justice Department official said, emphasizing that Holder had not reached a final decision but noting that, “as attorney general, he has the obligation to follow the law.”

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