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U.S. prosecutor Durham to probe alleged CIA abuses

U.S. prosecutor Durham to probe alleged CIA abuses

New political fury hit President Barack Obama's White House Monday over Bush-era anti-terror policies, after Attorney General Eric Holder named a prosecutor to probe alleged CIA prisoner abuse.
Officials meanwhile announced that Obama had set up a new team of elite interrogators to grill suspects under White House supervision, absolving the CIA of a duty that few senior officers wanted in the first place. The moves were the latest attempt by the administration to purge the politically corrosive legacy of anti-terror measures pursued during the presidency of George W. Bush. The task of dealing with that fallout, and framing new anti-terror laws has at times threatened to swamp Obama's team, particularly on the issue of rehousing inmates of the soon-to-be closed camp at Guantanamo Bay.
Holder picked Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham, a career prosecutor, to determine whether a full investigation was needed.
Durham will investigate whether CIA officers and contractors broke U.S. law when trying to scare terror suspects detained overseas.
The Department of Justice on Monday revealed details of a report by a CIA inspector general showing that interrogators at secret CIA prisons threatened to kill the children of Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Other detainees were threatened with the rape of family members, execution, shooting and torture.


Updated : 2021-02-25 22:29 GMT+08:00