Today is the day that the “holy grail” report of prisoner abuse is supposed to be released, highlighting torture techniques used at Gitmo. So far the leaked details have been very disturbing.
On the heels of this release we also find out that a Justice Department report is suggesting to open/reopen a bunch of investigations:
The Justice Department’s ethics office has recommended reversing the Bush administration and reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases, potentially exposing Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors to prosecution for brutal treatment of terrorism suspects, according to a person officially briefed on the matter.
The recommendation by the Office of Professional Responsibility, presented to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in recent weeks, comes as the Justice Department is about to disclose on Monday voluminous details on prisoner abuse that were gathered in 2004 by the C.I.A.’s inspector general but have never been released.
All I can say is “its about time”, and hopefully the administration and Congress will follow suit. The excuse that we “must look forward” is one of the weakest I have ever heard. Imagine the police saying that on murder investigations.