Monday, June 9, 2008


JASON LEOPOLD THE PUBLIC RECORD House Democrats sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday requesting that he appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether White House officials, including President Bush, violated the War Crimes Act when they allowed interrogators to use brutal interrogation methods against detainees suspected of ties to terrorist organizations.

The letter, signed by 56 Congressional lawmakers, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, who is leading an investigation into the administration’s interrogation practices, says the International Committee of the Red Cross conducted an independent investigation of interrogation practices at Guantanamo Bay and "documented several instances of acts of torture against detainees, including soaking a prisoner’s hand in alcohol and lighting it on fire, subjecting a prisoner to sexual abuse and forcing a prisoner to eat a baseball.". . .

Mukasey has defended the administration's interrogation policies, and with seven month to go before a new president is sworn into office, it appears unlikely that Mukasey will act on the Democrats' request. Earlier this year, Mukasey has appointed a special counsel to investigate the destruction of videotapes showing CIA interrogators subjecting detainees to waterboarding.


At June 9, 2008 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mukasey chooses to protect war criminals then he adds his name to the list of those who should be prosecuted.

If, ultimately, America fails to act then History will judge the entire society that protected them harshly.

At June 9, 2008 9:02 PM, Anonymous m said...

A push for the appointment of a special prosecutor before 21Jan09 is just another method of immunizing the current malefactors. Such a selection at this time would be as free of bias as Ken Starr, Anthony Scalia and Hagee.

If McCain is elected there is no point in a special prosecutor. We can only hope that there is meaning to this process if Obama is elected.

At June 10, 2008 5:56 AM, Anonymous Live by the Sword said...

Hold Bush and the rest of the neocons at Guantanamo for the duration of the investigation. Extend to them all the same legal rights and treatment they've shown anyone else imprisoned there.


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