Attorney General Eric Holder dredges up old wounds

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    The public and the Republican Party are up in arms about Eric Holder naming prosecutors in a CIA probe.


    The public and the Republican Party are up in arms about Eric Holder naming prosecutors in a CIA probe.

    While most of the world is a flutter about health care reform, the Obama administration took a risk when they launched a criminal probe to investigate “unauthorized and inhumane” interrogations of terror suspects during George W. Bush’s presidency. The investigation falls on the heels of recent revelations that CIA tactics included threats to kill suspects’ children and forcing them to watch family members being sexually assaulted.

    Holder said he wanted to establish a “preliminary review” of the case to make sure that the CIA operatives did not break the law in the years after the 9/11 attacks. Holder then noted that “neither the opening of a preliminary review nor, if evidence warrants it, the commencement of a full investigation, means that charges will necessarily follow."

    Despite sharp criticism from Republicans that claim that the Obama Administration is focusing on problems that aren’t at the forefront of the president’s priority list, an Obama spokesperson said that the administration “wants to look forward, not back,” at the Bush tactics. The spokesperson also took special care to mention that any persecutions would be left up to Attorney General Eric Holder.

    Thing is, Obama said himself that the interrogators would not face charges if they followed legal guidelines. Even still, the CIA’s inspector general said the operatives went to far.

    A broken law is a broken law, but we’ll have to wait to see what Holder does next.



    – Christina Coleman



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