Rights groups denounce dropping of CIA torture cases

WASHINGTON (IPS) – U.S. human rights groups have roundly condemned an announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that the Justice Department will not pursue prosecutions of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers who may have been responsible for the deaths of two prisoners in their custody.

The announcement appeared to mark the end of all efforts by the U.S. government to hold CIA interrogators accountable for torture and mistreating prisoners detained during the so-called “Global War on Terror” launched shortly after the Al-Qaeda attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

For rights activists and for supporters of President Barack Obama, it was the latest in a series of disappointing decisions, including the failure to close the detention facility at the U.S. base in Guantanamo, Cuba. They had hoped President Obama would not only end the excesses of President George W. Bush’s prosecution of the war, but also conduct a full investigation of those excesses, if not prosecute those responsible.

via Rights groups denounce dropping of CIA torture cases.

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  1. So much for justice…
    In the UK the government are trying to bring in secret civil trials so nobody knows they’re being sued for torture
    http://dogsharon.com/2012/09/14/national-insecurity-secrecy-torture-and-lies/

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