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NYT: Obama Wants To Pursue The CIA

From an ecstatic New York Times:

Justice Dept. Report Advises Pursuing C.I.A. Abuse Cases

By DAVID JOHNSTON

August 24, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s ethics office has recommended reversing the Bush administration and reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases, potentially exposing Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors to prosecution for brutal treatment of terrorism suspects, according to a person officially briefed on the matter.

The recommendation by the Office of Professional Responsibility, presented to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in recent weeks, comes as the Justice Department is about to disclose on Monday voluminous details on prisoner abuse that were gathered in 2004 by the C.I.A.’s inspector general but have never been released.

When the C.I.A. first referred its inspector general’s findings to prosecutors, they decided that none of the cases merited prosecution. But Mr. Holder’s associates say that when he took office and saw the allegations, which included the deaths of people in custody and other cases of physical or mental torment, he began to reconsider.

With the release of the details on Monday and the formal advice that at least some cases be reopened, it now seems all but certain that the appointment of a prosecutor or other concrete steps will follow, posing significant new problems for the C.I.A. It is politically awkward, too, for Mr. Holder because President Obama has said that he would rather move forward than get bogged down in the issue at the expense of his own agenda.

The advice from the Office of Professional Responsibility strengthens Mr. Holder’s hand…

Mr. Holder was said to have reacted with disgust earlier this year when he first read accounts of abusive treatment of detainees in a classified version of the inspector general’s report and other materials.

In examples that have just come to light, the C.I.A. report describes how C.I.A. officers carried out mock executions and threatened at least one prisoner with a gun and a power drill. It is a violation of the federal torture statute to threaten a prisoner with imminent death.

Mr. Holder, who questioned the thoroughness of previous inquiries by the Justice Department, is expected to announce within days his decision on whether to appoint a prosecutor to conduct a new investigation; in legal circles, it is believed to be highly likely that he will go forward with a fresh criminal inquiry.

Paul Gimigliano, a C.I.A. spokesman, said Sunday that the Justice Department recommendation to reopen the cases had not been sent to the intelligence agency. He added: “Decisions on whether or not to pursue action in court were made after careful consideration by career prosecutors at the Justice Department. The C.I.A. itself brought these matters — facts and allegations alike — to the department’s attention.”

The report by the Justice Department’s ethics office has been under preparation for more than five years, and its critique of legal work on interrogations provoked bitter complaints from Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey as he was leaving office as the Bush administration’s final attorney general.

The Justice Department’s report, the most important since Mr. Holder took office, was submitted by Mary Patrice Brown, a veteran Washington federal prosecutor picked by Mr. Holder to lead the Office of Professional Responsibility earlier this year after its longtime chief, H. Marshall Jarrett, moved to another job in the Justice Department…

Hope springs eternal at the New York Times.

Of course Mr. Obama didn’t want to prosecute the CIA. That was the last thing he wanted to do. We all know that.

But, gosh, he can’t ignore reports like this, especially when they have gotten so much press from the New York Times.

Never mind that the report still has yet to be released. And will probably turn out to have little resemblance to the what The Times has claimed.

And never mind that what The Times has claimed is in it has been anything to prosecute in reality. (For instance, threatening a detainee with a power drill.) The New York Times will harp on this ‘report’ like it is the indictment at Nuremburg.

Indeed, we haven’t seen the New York Times this worked up about one of their canards for… at least a week. Not since we had their spittle-flecked frothing about the non-story of the CIA assassination squads, which was purported to target the New York Times’ allies, Al Qaeda.

All of which would just be mildly entertaining if they did not now at long last they have an eager ally in the White House.

It’s a toss up now which hates our country more and wants to cause it more harm.

The New York Times or our new administration.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “NYT: Obama Wants To Pursue The CIA”

  1. cerberus6 says:

    I’d guess Holder is going to prosecute – RumInt has it that Leon “Trojan Horse” Panetta has done his job and is about to resign. Only a rumor – but it makes sense – no point going down with the ship as Director, plus he wouldn’t be safe even in the halls at Langley when the judicial inquisition starts turning over names.

  2. proreason says:

    Looks like The Moron wants to distract attention from another crisis………his pathetic, childlike attempt to sell his Health Care scam.

  3. Gila Monster says:

    Oooohhhh …..aaaaahhhhhh …, shiny beads, bling and sparkly things.

    You’re right SG, hope does indeed spring eternal at the Slimes.
    However, do TCO and his trusty ACLU trained sidekick Holder really want to start turning over rocks at the CIA? The murky water they churn up may be rather embarrassing to his complicit ringleaders and cheerleaders over in the House and Senate. SanFranNan dodged several bullets during her last encounter with the CIA and she currently doesn’t seem to eager to take incoming fire for the team.

  4. artboyusa says:

    COLT LUGER, CIA Torture Master, returns in “America’s Shame”!

    “Frosty chocolate milkshake?”

    “No”.

    “Fluffernutter sandwich?”

    “Nuh unh”.

    “How about a foot massage?”

    “No way”.

    “You better talk, pal. Don’t make me show you the drill!”

    “Drill schmill. You don’t scare me. I’ve actually used one of those things, remember?”

    “So have I. Built my wife a new birdhouse over the weekend”.

    “I mean ‘used’ as in ‘used on people’, you decadent invert”.

    “Oh. Okay. C’mon Abu” pleaded Colt Luger, CIA Torture Master “Help me out here. I can’t just go back to my supervisor and say that you didn’t respond to enhanced interrogation – he’ll kill me!”

    “Tough noogies, infidel” sneered Abu, as he lolled in the swaying hammock. “Top me up, will you?”

    The frizzle bearded Islamist extended the half empty glass and Colt refilled it with fruit juice and replaced the tiny umbrella. “Here you go, Abu” he said.

    “Are you sure this is fresh squeezed? It tastes a little watery”.

    “I squeezed it myself this morning! Look, how about some magazines to help you while away the lonely hours? I’ve got Playboy’, I’ve got ‘Hustler’, I’ve got “Boy’s Life” too…”

    “What are you implying? I’m not into any fag stuff” objected Abu.

    “That’s not the word on the tennis court. Anyway, they’re yours just for answering a couple of easy, multiple choice questions. Waddaya say, huh?”

    “Forget it, you passive bedmate of Crusaders and Zionists. Your harsh interrogation methods will not loosen my tongue!”

    “Gee, you seem a little tense” murmured Colt, gently massaging Abu’s shoulders. “Oh my, yes – you’re all knotted up, big guy”.

    “Mmmm…that feels good. Keep going. Tell me, pig – are you Americans for real? I mean, seriously: if you’re going to torture someone, do it and shut up about it. If you’re not, then don’t. This way you’ve got the worst of both worlds – you’ve got all the stigma of torture without the results. It’s pathetic, really”.

    “If you’ve got a complaint, there’s a feedback link on our website or you can complete this form…”

    “I’m not complaining –I’m just saying, that’s all. And I didn’t say to stop rubbing…”

    “Sorry. How’s that?”

    “Nice. Anyway, my advice is to forget the whole ‘torture’ thing. You’re not really into it anyway, not like my people are – or the French”.

    “Sorry. Maybe we can try harder”.

    “Now, those Froggies knew something about torture, let me tell you! Back in the 50s they’d beat those Algerians like gongs, they’d light ‘em up like Christmas trees, chuck them out of planes – you name it”.

    “Um, I don’t think that stuff’s in my manual”.

    “Got results too. Of course, they kinda lost their case in the court of world opinion along the way. You should read Albert Camus on the subject; he has some really interesting insights…”

    “Albert who?”

    Abu sighed. “Albert Camus –‘Cam-US’ to you. You know; the Existentialist writer. Sheesh – what cow college madrassah did you go to, anyway?”

    “Julius Rosenberg Community College” huffed Colt, defending his education. “Associate’s Degree in Media Studies”.

    “Goody for you”.

    “Look, you’ve forced me to get rough Abu. You want to play hardball, let’s play hardball. Here’s the deal: if you answer my questions you can have this brand new issue of…’Goat World’* magazine!”

    “’Goat World’? exclaimed Abu excitedly. “Really? The latest issue? For my very own?”

    “Uh huh”.

    “No! No! What am I saying? Tempt me not, blue eyed spawn of Satan and a she-monkey – I will die first!”

    “Check it out” teased Colt, flipping casually through the pages. “Look at this one: those big yellow eyes, those swollen udders, , those delicate little hooves. Imagine all that coarse fur, that musky goat aroma…”

    “Goat aroma…ohhhh yeeesss…”

    “You want to herd her, don’t you? You know you want to…”

    “Stop it! Stop it! STOP IT!!! Enough – I’ll talk! I’ll talk…”blubbered Abu. “You have broken me”.

    “Huh? Oh right…broken you. Hang on a sec while I call some moral exhibitionist at the Justice Department to see if it’s okay for us to keep talking…”

    * turns out there really is a website called goatworld.com – who knew?


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