Obama’s justice department grants final immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers
By closing two cases of detainees tortured to death, Obama has put the US beyond any accountability under the rule of law
guardian.co.uk, Friday 31 August 2012 12.00 EDT
Anti-torture activists, wearing Guantánamo-style orange jumpsuits, demonstrate outside the White House in June 2011. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images
The Obama administration’s aggressive, full-scale whitewashing of the “war on terror” crimes committed by Bush officials is now complete. Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the closing without charges of the only two cases under investigation relating to the US torture program: one that resulted in the 2002 death of an Afghan detainee at a secret CIA prison near Kabul, and the other the 2003 death of an Iraqi citizen while in CIA custody at Abu Ghraib. This decision, says the New York Times Friday, “eliminat[es] the last possibility that any criminal charges will be brought as a result of the brutal interrogations carried out by the CIA”.