[News] It's Official: Obama Will Not Prosecute CIA Torturers
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Thu Apr 16 17:33:13 EDT 2009
It's Official: Obama Will Not Prosecute CIA Torturers
Scahill, <http://rebelreports.com/>Rebel Reports.
AG Eric Holder: "It would be unfair to prosecute
dedicated men and women working to protect
America for conduct that was sanctioned ... by DOJ."
The White House has announced that CIA
operatives, including contractors, who followed
Bush guidelines for torturing prisoners will
be prosecuted for these actions, regardless of
the Obama administrations position on the
legality of the techniques they used. [I]t is
our intention to assure those who carried out
their duties relying in good faith upon legal
advice from the Department of Justice that they
will not be subject to prosecution, President
Obama said in a
released today. This seems to be part of a deal
struck with the CIA over the release of several torture memos today.
It would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men
and women working to protect America for conduct
that was sanctioned in advance by the Justice
Department, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
The Washington Post also
For the first time, officials said that they
would provide legal representation at no cost to
CIA employees in international tribunals or U.S.
congressional inquiries into alleged torture.
They also said they would indemnify agency
workers against any possible financial judgments.
This comes as the White House released the three
Bradbury memos, drafted in 2005, detailing CIA
enhanced interrogation techniques and torture.
The administration has also reportedly released a
2002 memo written by Justice Department lawyer
John Yoo and signed by Jay Bybee.
New York Times described that memo as a legal
authorization for a laundry list of proposed C.I.A. interrogation techniques.
The Bradbury memos are named for Steven Bradbury,
the former acting head of the Justice
Departments Office of Legal Counsel under Bush.
came after a tense internal debate, culminating
with a final round of deliberations Wednesday
night over the release, which was fiercely
opposed by the CIA, which said their release
would threaten national security. The
administration faced a deadline of today for the
release of the documents under a lawsuit filed by
the American Civil Liberties Union. The Bybee
memo was put on the table April 2 as part of a
negotiation between the ACLU and the White House
after the Justice Department asked for a delay of
two weeks to make a decision on releasing the Bradbury memos.
There has been much speculation in recent days
that the White House may release
versions of the memos, which sparked protests
from the ACLU and other civil liberties groups
and activists. It was also opposed by some
administration officials, including Attorney
General Holder, who reportedly supported a more
complete release. In releasing the documents,
exceptional circumstances compelling him to
release them and a desire to correct erroneous
and inflammatory assumptions about US actions.
If the White House has released them
unredactedand we do not yet know if it has that
would be a victory. But, the apparent deal not to
prosecute CIA torturers makes it a very sour victory.
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Jeremy Scahill, an independent journalist who
reports frequently for the national radio and TV
program Democracy Now!, has spent extensive time
reporting from Iraq and Yugoslavia. He is
currently a Puffin Writing Fellow at The Nation
Institute. Scahill is the author of Blackwater:
The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary
Army. His writing and reporting is available at
522 Valencia Street
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