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 Post subject: REPUBLICANS WARN HOLDER ON TORTURE
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 1:17 am 
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From NBC's Pete Williams

At a hearing today with Attorney General Eric Holder, Republican members of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee suggested that any potential criminal investigation into the CIA's harsh interrogation methods might not easily be contained.

Both Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Richard Shelby of Alabama pressed Holder on the CIA's "rendition" program that moved terrorism suspects from one country to another.

Didn't that happen during the Clinton administration?
Yes, Holder said.

"How many did you approve?" they asked.
Holder said he'd check the record.

The clear suggestion was, if any criminal investigation is opened, Republicans would push to get it expanded beyond events during the Bush administration. Alexander, for example, asked several times whether members of Congress, who were told about the interrogation methods, should also be investigated.

As for a potential investigation of the lawyers who wrote the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel opinions approving harsh interrogation methods, Holder said -- as he has several times now -- that he remains skeptical.

"We're not trying to do anything that would be perceived as partisan,” he said. “We want to move forward to the extent we can."

Today's hearing also provided another avenue for members of Congress to tell the Obama administration they're very worried about bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees into the U.S., where they might be released. Holder said no one who was dangerous or a threat to the community would be released anywhere in the world.


From: http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/05/07/1925394.aspx

Additional article: Holder says he approved Clinton-era renditions
http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/05/07/holder-says-he-approved-clinton-era-renditions/


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 1:58 pm 
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I wonder how much all this rhetoric is due to the GOP's "new faces" being scared shitless of their party's being held accountable for torture...someday...maybe....

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 Post subject: Re: REPUBLICANS WARN HOLDER ON TORTURE
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:17 am 
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DO YOU THINK THAT MAYBE....JUST MAYBE...HOLDER IS GOING TO DO HIS DUTY? AT THIS JUNCTURE, THOUGH, IS IT MORE OF A DISTRACTION THAN ANYTHING ELSE?

Holder Torture Investigation Likely

Contrary to White House wishes, Attorney General Eric Holder may push forward with a criminal investigation into the Bush administration's harsh interrogation practices used on suspected terrorists.

Holder is considering whether to appoint a prosecutor and will make a final decision within the next few weeks, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on a pending matter.

A move to appoint a criminal prosecutor is certain to stir partisan bickering that could create a distraction to President Barack Obama's efforts to push ambitious health care and energy reform.

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