Thursday, April 8, 2010

US won't prosecute those who torture, only those who investigate torture?

In a case that has all the ingredients to explode into a national controversy, Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed star prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate whether laws were broken after "paparazzi style" photographs of CIA officers were found in the cell of a Guantanamo inmate accused of financing the 9/11 attacks, Newsweek is reporting....

The head of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, acknowledged to Newsweek, that the group hired investigators to track down CIA officers it believes were involved in torture, citing the need to cross-examine "the perpetrators of torture." He added that, "To our knowledge, the 9/11 defendants were not told the identities of the CIA officers."
By the sound of it, ACLU has been up to some truly heroic -- not to mention brilliant -- investigative work.  ACLU is doing the kind of footwork that Attorney General Eric Holder's office is supposed to do, but won't do.

The civil liberties organization has put together a stunning interactive chart "that diagrams the participation of high-level officials in the torture program based upon publicly available documents."

What can we do?  We can "demand a full investigation of the Bush torture program" -- see here.   Also, we can donate to the ACLU.

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