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Justice Dept. Rejects Prosecutions for CIA Torture

HeadlineAug 31, 2012

The Justice Department has announced it will not prosecute anyone involved in the killing and torturing of prisoners in CIA custody after a three-year investigation. The Justice Department had been probing the deaths of two men: one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Gul Rahman died in 2002 while being held at a secret CIA facility known as the “Salt Pit” in Afghanistan. He had been shackled to a concrete wall in near-freezing temperatures. Manadel al-Jamadi died in 2003 while in CIA custody at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison. His corpse was photographed packed in ice and wrapped in plastic. In a statement, Holder said no charges would be brought against U.S. operatives “because the admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt.” Denouncing the decision, the Center for Constitutional Rights said: “Today’s announcement belies U.S. claims that it can be trusted to hold accountable Americans who have perpetrated torture and other human rights abuses.”

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