“No More Excuses” for Not Prosecuting Government Officials on Torture


Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. (photo: Everett Collection/REX)
Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. (photo: Everett Collection/REX)

 

Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept | Reader Supported News | December 2, 2015

early a year after the release of the summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, a major human rights group is calling for the immediate prosecution of U.S. government officials responsible for authorizing and carrying out the abuses.

In a detailed report titled “No More Excuses: A Roadmap to Justice for CIA Torture,” Human Rights Watch identifies a legal basis for prosecution of government officials and calls on the U.S. Attorney General’s office to appoint a special prosecutor to conduct criminal investigations into those responsible for post-9/11 torture. The report also calls for the release of the full text of the Senate report, which remains classified.

Among those the report calls on to be criminally investigated for their roles in authorizing torture are some of the leading figures of the George W. Bush administration, including former CIA Director George Tenet, Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice — and Bush himself.

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