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DOJ Report to Recommend Pursuing Detainee Abuse Cases

Posted Aug 24, 2009 6:42 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A report by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility will recommend reopening almost a dozen cases alleging abuse of terrorism detainees during their interrogations, a source tells the New York Times.

Many observers believe Attorney General Eric Holder will appoint a prosecutor to investigate; his decision is expected within days, according to the story.

The report will include details of abuses uncovered by the inspector general of the CIA in 2004. Prosecutors previously opted against prosecution, but Holder reconsidered the decision after taking office and seeing the details.

Among the allegations, included in a report by the CIA inspector general: CIA interrogators threatened an al-Qaida commander with a drill and a gun, and staged mock executions, Newsweek reports, relying on sources who read a draft version. The Washington Post also had the story.

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