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August 24, 2009


NY Times - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has named a veteran federal prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen prisoner abuse cases in which detainees were held by the Central Intelligence Agency, government officials said on Monday. Mr. Holder has selected John Durham, a longtime federal prosecutor from Connecticut, to carry out what could lead to prosecutions of the C.I.A. employees in the most politically explosive inquiry since Mr. Holder took over the Justice Department. . . Mr. Durham will examine several cases which were referred to the Justice Department by the C.I.A.'s Inspector General and were subsequently investigated and dropped by the Justice Department under President Bush. The cases were detailed in a 2004 report by the C.I.A. inspector general that was released on Monday by the Justice Department. The report outline cases of abused allegedly committed by C.I.A. personnel and contract employees, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Anonymous Tech said...

Investigating CIA interrogators is going to open up a big can of worms.

August 24, 2009 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Or a big tin of whitewash.

August 25, 2009 5:10 AM  

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