Jun 25 2015

Why is the CIA Being Let off the Hook on torture?

GUEST: Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst whose responsibilities included chairing National Intelligence Estimates. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

More than 6 months ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the Executive Summary of its investigation into CIA torture practices during the Bush Presidency. The process of producing the report itself was highly controversial with the CIA doing everything in its power to stymie the investigation, including spying on Senate members of the committee.

The actual report itself remains classified but there is now enough information in the public that questions are arising about why there has been no legal action taken. If the CIA has been documented as having tortured detainees captured during the so-called War on Terror in the report, then why has the Obama Administration and its Justice Department, not built on the Senate report? That question troubled human rights organizations so much that several of them signed onto a letter this week calling on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to conduct a truly independent investigation and push for accountability for what was done.

Specifically the letter, signed by Amnesty International, the ACLU, and Human Rights Watch, calls on Lynch to “appoint a career prosecutor as a special prosecutor to review [the report] … and to ensure that there is a comprehensive criminal investigation into the conduct documented by the Senate torture report, as well as the authorization for that conduct.” The letter was also signed by 110,000 members of the US public.

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  1. Andrew Somerson 29 Jun 2015 at 6:27 pm

    they committed crimes, bring them in