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Justice Department won’t bring charges over CIA interrogations
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The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that it had closed its three-year criminal investigation of two overseas CIA interrogations without bringing any charges.

 

In a statement, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “the Department has declined prosecution because the admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt.”

 

The Justice Department launched a criminal investigation in 2009 over alleged mistreatment of two detainees who died in CIA custody. The investigation sought to uncover whether any unauthorized interrogation techniques were used by CIA agents in violation of federal law.

 

The Justice Department did not identify the two detainees who perished, but media reports claim the two were Gul Rahman and Manadel al-Jamadi.

 

Rahman died of hypothermia in Afghanistan in 2002 after being shackled and left half-naked in a prison cell. Manadel al-Jamadi died in Iraq in 2003 while being suspended by his wrists. Raw Story

 

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The ACLU on Thursday said the Justice Department's decision to close probes of CIA interrogations without charges is "yet another entry in what is already a shameful record.” Politico

 

“That the Justice Department will hold no one accountable for the killing of prisoners in CIA custody is nothing short of a scandal,” ACLU deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer said in a statement. Politico

 

Another group, Human Rights First (HRF), said it had documented 100 cases of detainee mistreatment in 2006 and perpetrators were punished in only 12 of those cases. Politico

 

“Attorney General Holder’s announcement is disappointing because it’s well documented that in the aftermath of 9/11 torture and abuse was widespread and systematic," HRF counsel Melina Milazzo said in a statement. Politico

 

The investigation, which was launched in 2008 by federal prosecutor John Durham, had a remit of establishing whether the treatment of detainees broke guidelines issued by lawyers of the administration of former President George W Bush. BBC News

 

Under Bush's presidency that guidance included a variety of techniques, including "waterboarding," or simulated drowning, now officially regarded as torture by the Obama administration. BBC News

 

 

AHT/HJ

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