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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:13 PM
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Eric Holder Poised to name a prosecutor to investigate torture...
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 the interrogation booth to force a detainee to talk.

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 Iraq and Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-ci...
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Kdillard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:25 PM
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1. Excellent news.
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