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AG Considers Torture Investigation

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Posted on Jul 12, 2009
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Attorney General Eric Holder will decide in the next few weeks whether to appoint a prosecutor with “gravitas and grit” to investigate the Bush administration’s torture policy. Holder is aware that President Obama feels such a move would derail his agenda, but he told Newsweek “that can’t be a part of my decision.”

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Newsweek magazine, which first reported the development, said Holder was aware of the political implications of having a probe and preferred not to create unnecessary trouble for the White House. Still, the attorney general was troubled by what he learned in reports about the treatment of prisoners at the CIA’s “black sites.”

The probe would focus in part on whether CIA personnel tortured terrorism suspects after Sept. 11, 2001. Holder has said those who acted within the government’s legal guidance will not be prosecuted, but has left open the possibility of pursuing those who went beyond the guidance and broke the law.

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By tman, July 15, 2009 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

Don’t hold your breathe on anything happening. The fix is in.

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By LostHills, July 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment

Sometimes the man rises to the responsibilities of the office. We’ll see…...

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By skulz fontaine, July 12, 2009 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment

Criminy Holder, don’t do anything rash. The war criminals might die of old age.

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By Folktruther, July 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment

What bullshit.  Holder is an employee of Obama, who can hire and fire him.  He does what he is told.  As truthdig well knows.

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