Center for Constitutional Rights Objects to Narrow Scope of Holder Probe
The Center for Constitutional Rights, which has been a leading critic of the Bush administration’s interrogation tactics, is not pleased with today’s report that Attorney General Eric Holder plans to investigate only whether the actions of low-level CIA operatives broke the law.
Here’s CCR’s statement:
Responsibility for the torture program cannot be laid at the feet of a few low-level operatives. Some agents in the field may have gone further than the limits so ghoulishly laid out by the lawyers who twisted the law to create legal cover for the program, but it is the lawyers and the officials who oversaw and approved the program who must be investigated.
The Attorney General must appoint an independent special prosecutor with a full mandate to investigate those responsible for torture and war crimes, especially the high ranking officials who designed, justified and orchestrated the torture program. We call on the Obama administration not to tie a prosecutor’s hands but to let the investigation go as far up the chain of command as the facts lead. We must send a clear message to the rest of the world, to future officials, and to the victims of torture that justice will be served and that the rule of law has been restored.