Attorney General Eric Holder has named a special prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA mistreatment of terror suspects. The Wall Street Journal says the move represents a sharp break from the president’s early determination to move beyond Bush-era controversies. Special prosecutor John Durham of Connecticut already is examining the destruction of 92 videotapes that recorded Central Intelligence Agency interrogations of detainees, part of an investigation launched in early 2008 under the Bush administration. He will now also be probing whether CIA officers or contractors broke any laws with their use of harsh tactics.
The Justice Department released a heavily redacted report from the CIA’s inspector general and several hundred pages of documents on the CIA’s interrogation program The 2004 report detailed more instances of alleged abuse. It says one interrogator threatened to kill the children of one 9/11 suspect, while another threatened a detainee’s mother. Interrogators held a power drill to a prisoner’s head and temporarily choked off the flow of blood to the brain before another detainee was revived.