2004 CIA Inspector General Report to Reveal Illegal Conduct
Monday, August 24, 2009 at 6:11 am
As Newsweek reported Friday evening, the CIA inspector general report expected to be released on Monday reveals that the CIA staged mock executions to terrify terror suspects into talking. Regardless of whether interrogators got the information they were looking for, these actions were clearly against the law. It is a violation of both the federal anti-torture statute, and of international law, to threaten a suspect with imminent death. Yet there was no other possible purpose for staging a mock execution in a room next to a detainee — complete with gunfire to suggest a prisoner had been killed — other than to terrify the detainee into believing that he would be next.
The IG report also apparently reveals that at least one detainee was threatened with a gun and a power drill during the course of CIA interrogation.
Although Bush administration officials investigated the cases discussed in the report and concluded that no prosecutions were warranted, Attorney General Eric Holder is now considering re-opening some of those cases to see if perhaps some CIA officials, despite the wide latitude they were given by the Bush administration, went even farther than Bush-era legal memoranda said was allowed.
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