Religious foes of torture want culprits pursued

Appointment of special prosecutor is not enough
Religious antitorture groups said the release last month of a partially declassified 2004 CIA report on treatment of terrorism suspects justified their critique of Bush administration policies on detainee treatment.

But they also said the decision by the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to probe alleged CIA interrogation abuses doesn’t go far enough in pursuing those who authorized and oversaw harsh treatment of terrorism suspects in U.S. custody.

“The [CIA] inspector general’s report adds to the condemning facts already known about detainee abuse in U.S. prisons and facilities by describing threats of imminent death made against detainees and the staging of mock executions in order to coerce confessions or gain intelligence,” said a statement from Evangelicals for Human Rights reacting to the report’s release on August 24.


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