Attorney General Holder Weighs Appointing Special Prosecutor For Bush-Era Torture Investigation

July 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) — While President Obama has oft-repeated the desire to be “looking forward, not backward, his Attorney General, Eric Holder may probe Bush-era post 9-11 torture allegations anyway. Sources have told Newsweek, after months of careful consideration, that Holder appears likely to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate whether top Bush lawyers subverted the law in authorizing torture techniques. New disclosures have continued to emerge about detainee mistreatment, including a secret CIA watchdog report, recently reviewed by Holder, highlighting several episodes that could be likened to torture.
Holder’s decision, which might only be weeks away, may be predicated on a forthcoming Justice Department ethics report about Bush lawyers who drafted memos supporting harsh interrogation practices. A move to appoint a prosecutor is certain to only heighten partisan bickering that could seriously delay President Obama’s ambitious legislative agenda, including current efforts to push for healthcare and energy changes.

Holder has said in the past that those who acted within the government’s legal guidance will not be prosecuted, but has left open the possibility of pursuing those who went beyond the guidance and broke the law.

“I hope that whatever decision I make would not have a negative impact on the president’s agenda,” Holder told Newsweek. “But that can’t be a part of my decision.”


One Response to “Attorney General Holder Weighs Appointing Special Prosecutor For Bush-Era Torture Investigation”

  1. R.ELIOT on July 21st, 2009 11:29 am

    I am hearing today there is a closed door session where the Democrats that do not agree with the Health Care are being basically told to vote for it. Does this not constitute blackmail, or am I wrong. I have heard that the people in Washington, i.e. Congress and House members, have told the new members how to vote and if they do they will help them through the process and if they do not vote the way they want them to they will make it very hard for them. The Attorney General should investigate all these people in Washington and see if this is happening, and if so prosecute the one’s doing this blackmail trip.

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