Human Rights Watch: Appoint a Special Prosecutor for CIA Torture

Via TPM.

Even since the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last December detailed the CIA torture program established in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, no one has been held accountable. Human Rights Watch is renewing its calls to change that.

The Obama administration did commission a two-year investigation led by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham that ended in 2012, but no indictments resulted.

So far John Kiriakou, the former CIA official who wasn’t involved in the torture program but told a reporter about it, has been the only one prosecuted in connection with the program. He served two years in prison, and was released last February.

A new report on the Human Rights Watch website points out that a new investigation is warranted (and required under the UN Convention Against Torture) because so much new evidence became public with the release in redacted form of the 499-page summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report in December 2014.

The group is calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor who would have access to the full Senate report, and the power to bring charges against everyone connected with the CIA torture program including top government officials.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on December 1, 2015 - 3:08 pm

    Can you imagine what the right wing is going to do if Obama uses his last days in office to finally give us some justice against those figures?

    Abhorrent presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’d reestablish torture. He see’s that as a campaign balloon I suppose.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on December 1, 2015 - 3:47 pm

    From the Human Rights Watch report:

    Besides violating international law, the US government’s inaction in the face of clear evidence of torture sends a message to future US policymakers and officials that they too can commit torture and other ill-treatment and not fear being held accountable. Several presidential candidates for the 2016 elections have already indicated they would consider using so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” if they were to be elected.

    The Obama administration has one last opportunity to avoid setting a horrible precedent.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on December 1, 2015 - 5:04 pm

    Several of the candidates said that?

    Come on Obama, pull the pin and throw that thing!

  4. #5 by Larry Bergan on December 2, 2015 - 12:58 pm

    NPR did a very good segment about the matter on “All Things Considered” yesterday, complete with audio of loudmouth Donald Trump getting applause from him fans for this:

    DONALD TRUMP: Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I’d approve it… You bet your ass …

    …In a heartbeat!


    Report Calls For Investigation Into CIA’s Post-9/11 Interrogation Program

    Sometimes I’m proud of NPR.

  5. #6 by Larry Bergan on December 2, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    Don’t miss the last part of the NPR story:

    ROTH: Our informal conversations with them suggest that this is not, you know, beyond the pale – I mean that they are beginning to think perhaps a little bit differently than they have in the past.

    WELNA: A Justice Department spokesman said his agency was aware of the rights group’s report and was reviewing it. David Welna, NPR News, Washington.

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