The United States have appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of prisoner abuse of CIA-held suspects.
The move comes after the Justice Department’s ethics watchdog recommended potential prosecutions of CIAemployees for the harsh interrogation of a number of detainees.
President Obama has now formed an elite team to question suspected terrorists.
Amrit Singh from the ACLU Immigrants Rights project said:
“ I think that as evidence continues to mount about the details of the CIA torture programme, it is going to become very difficult for the Obama Administration to turn a blind eye,” says
Following the 9/11 attacks on the US details began to emerge of so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and starvation.
A former CIA Operative Robert Baer believes politics played its part:
“This entire interrogation programme has been a distraction for the CIA. There was a certain amount of political expediency after 9/11, and that’s why we did it and its time for somebody else to do it.”
The CIA’s inspector general’s report of 2004, now declassified, claims one suspect was told his children would be killed if any further attacks on the US took place.
The Justice Department now looks set to open a dozen of cases of prisoner abuse.