NY Times Calls for Prosecution of Torture Higher-Ups

The New York Times has joined the call for a criminal investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the Bush Administration's torture policy.

[A]ny credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A. director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos. There are many more names that could be considered, including Jose Rodriguez Jr., the C.I.A. official who ordered the destruction of the videotapes; the psychologists who devised the torture regimen; and the C.I.A. employees who carried out that regimen.

The ACLU and Human Rights Watch have sent a letter to Eric Holder asking him to appoint a special prosecutor. [More...]

According to the ACLU, others joining the call:

Others who have called for a criminal investigation include Juan Mendez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture; Ben Emmerson, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism; Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Harold Koh, a former legal advisor to the Department of State said there is “more than enough to reopen investigations at the Justice Department to see whether prosecutions are warranted.”

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    Eric Holder's not going to do anything. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Anne on Mon Dec 22, 2014 at 09:35:51 PM EST
    No one's going to do anything.

    It's more than a little ironic that the NYT, which was as big a cheerleader for the Iraq war as any media outlet, and which sat on stories, and worked hand-in-glove with the Bush administration while all this was going on, has now had an epiphany that - hey, these guys committed war crimes.

    I scooped the NYT! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Repack Rider on Mon Dec 22, 2014 at 09:46:22 PM EST
    By ten years.