Two influential members of Congress are, today, applauding Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of terrorist prisoner abuse at the hands of the CIA or its surrogates.
“I applaud the Attorney General’s decision to appoint a special US Attorney to review the interrogation abuse cases that were rejected for prosecution by George Bush’s Justice Department,” said Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee.
“The Obama administration also deserves praise for the release of the 2004 CIA Inspector General report as well as related DOJ memos. These materials are truly disturbing, including the CIA’s basic conclusion that ‘unauthorized, improvised, inhumane, and undocumented detention and interrogation techniques were used’ in its program. Reading about misdeeds such as threats to kill a detainees’ children or the staging of mock executions leaves us appalled."
Rep. Jerold Nadler, chair of the Judiciary constitution subcommittee, joined Conyers in issuing the statement.