BREAKING: Holder to appoint special prosecutor into CIA Terror interogations!

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    Holder to Appoint Prosecutor to Investigate CIA Terror Interrogations

    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to appoint a prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes when they allegedly threatened terrorism suspects, according to two sources familiar with the move.


    Holder is poised to name John Durham, a career Justice Department prosecutor from Connecticut, to lead the inquiry, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is not complete.
    Durham's mandate, the sources added, will be relatively narrow: to look at whether there is enough evidence to launch a full-scale criminal investigation of current and former CIA personnel who may have broken the law in their dealings with detainees. Many of the harshest CIA interrogation techniques have not been employed against terrorism suspects for four years or more.


    The attorney general selected Durham in part because the longtime prosecutor is familiar with the CIA and its past interrogation regime. For nearly two years, Durham has been probing whether laws against obstruction or false statements were violated in connection with the 2005 destruction of CIA videotapes. The tapes allegedly depicted brutal scenes including waterboarding of some of the agency's high value detainees. That inquiry is proceeding before a grand jury in Alexandria, although lawyers following the investigation have cast doubt on whether it will result in any criminal charges.


    Word of Holder's decision comes on the same day that the Obama administration will issue a 2004 report by the then-CIA Inspector General. Among other things, the IG questioned the effectiveness of harsh interrogation tactics that included simulated drowning and wall slamming. A federal judge in New York forced the administration to release the secret report after a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.


    A separate internal Justice Department ethics report on the professionalism of lawyers who blessed the questioning techniques continues to undergo declassification review and is not likely to be released imminently. The New York Times reported Monday that the ethics report recommended that Holder take another look at several episodes of alleged detainee abuse that previously had been declined for prosecution during the Bush years, bolstering his decision to appoint a prosecutor.


    Leaders at the Justice Department and the intelligence community have clashed this year over the release of sensitive interrogation memos, military photographs of detainee abuse and how to handle the cases of more than 200 detainees at the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


    Holder's decision could complicate the Justice Department's relationship with the White House, where President Obama has repeatedly expressed a desire to move forward from the national security controversies of the Bush administration. Deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton told reporters Monday that the president had complete faith in Holder and that the decision whether to launch an investigation was the attorney general's sole prerogative.


    "The White House supports the attorney general making the decisions on who gets prosecuted and investigated," Burton said.


    Holder acknowledges the possible fallout from his decision, but has concluded in recent days that he has no other choice than to probe whether laws were broken in connection with the Bush administration's interrogation program, the two sources said. Fewer than a dozen cases will be examined, most from Iraq and Afghanistan.



    Any criminal investigation into the CIA conduct faces serious hurdles, according to current and former government lawyers, including such challenges as missing evidence, nonexistent or unreliable witnesses, no access to some bodies of detainees who died, and the passage of up to seven years since the questionable activity occurred far from American soil.
     
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    There is no statute of limitations on international war crimes................but "they" won't tell you that now...will they ?
    oOOO look Britney got a clit ring !!! OMG OMG
    Idiot nation.
     
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    The perfect distyraction to get people to stop being fired up over the lousy health care bill ideas.
     
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    Oh well, another lie. didn't the obamalama make a special trip over to the CIA to reassure them they would not be prosecuted?


    he fucking makes me sick
     
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    That was before his poll numbers began tanking and his agenda stalled.

    He needs a new topic to distract people from his trainwreck healthcare 'reform.'
     
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    Of course the connies attack Obama, because they can't accept the fact that it is ILLEGAL and morally WRONG to torture someone. You're ignoring the MASSIVE mistakes your own people made and attacking Obama, who wasn't even a Senator when these attrocities happened.

    I ask the moderator to delete all posts that are not relevant to the topic at hand. You guys are just here to up your numbers and bitch about Obama -- go to the fucking hannity board.
     
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    The investigation is into those that went beyond the Bush directives.

    You people are so partisanblind you cant even read the facts correctly
     
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    what? you been appointed the thread czar! :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     

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