After key Bush era CIA torture documents were released by the Obama administration, human rights officials are dismayed at the news that CIA agents who ordered and conducted torture will not be prosecuted. In fact, the Justice Department has already rejected the notion of criminal prosecutions and is even offering legal aid to CIA officials in congressional investigations or international inquiries.

Direct links to the memos are provided below:

First memo: Aug. 1, 2002 Second memo: May 10, 2005 Third memo (Part 1): May 30, 2005 Third memo (Part 2): May 30, 2005 Fourth memo (Part 1): May 30, 2005 Fourth memo (Part 2): May 30, 2005 Fourth memo (Part 3): May 30, 2005

The BBC:

Human and civil rights groups in the US have expressed dismay at news that CIA agents will not face prosecution over interrogation tactics in the Bush era.

Campaigners welcomed the White House’s decision to publish details of harsh interrogation techniques now banned by President Barack Obama.

But rights groups said the decision not to prosecute agents was a failure to uphold the law of the land.

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