DOJ Defends Torture Probe

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Friday, September 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Just after the release of the ex-CIA directors’ letter condemning Attorney General Eric Holder’s torture inquiry, here comes this statement from Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller:

The Attorney General works closely with the men and the women of intelligence community to keep the American people safe and he does not believe their commitment to conduct that important work will waver in any way.

Given the recommendation from the Office of Professional Responsibility as well as other available information, he believed the appropriate course of action was to ask John Durham to conduct a preliminary review. That review will be narrowly-focused and will be conducted by a career prosecutor who has shown an ability to handle cases involving classified information. Durham has not been appointed as a special prosecutor; he will be supervised by senior managers at the Department.

The Attorney General’s decision to order a preliminary review into this matter was made in line with his duty to examine the facts and to follow the law. As he has made clear, the Department of Justice will not prosecute anyone who acted in good faith and within the scope of the legal guidance given by the Office of Legal Counsel regarding the interrogation of detainees.

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Comment posted October 17, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

The Obama Cover Up of the The Conspiracy To Torture by Bush/Cheney/Memo Lawyers Continues @WhiteHouse

Put yourself out for the Truth.
Get out in the streets in front of your Congressional Representative's office and raise hell.
Start your own “prosecution” protest group.

KEEP ASKING ALL POLITICIANS AT ALL PUBLIC EVENTS
“WHY DO YOU SUPPORT TORTURE?”
If they aren't actively calling for enforcement of our Federal Torture Laws, They DO Support Torture and a dual standard of Justice.

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