A couple of deaths examined in Central Intelligence Agency probe
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<p>The United States Department of Justice plans a full-scale criminal investigation into a couple of fatalities. The two fatalities happened while in CIA custody abroad. The deaths happened during interrogations by the CIA. Article source -CIA investigated in two deaths by Newsytype.com.
A couple of deaths will be probed
According to a statement from U.S. Lawyer General Eric Holder Jr., the Justice Department will continue a full-scale criminal inquiry into two deaths. Simultaneously, Holder says, he has accepted the conclusion of Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dunham that no charges should be made in the interrogations of 99 other detainees.
"Mr. Durham has advised me of the results of his investigation, and I have accepted his recommendation to conduct a full criminal investigation regarding the death in custody of two individuals," Holder said. "The men and women in our intelligence community perform an incredibly important service to our nation, and they often do so under difficult and dangerous circumstances. They deserve our respect and gratitude for the work they do."
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the detainees had all been taken into custody. Dunham did an investigation into the interrogation practices which were used. There were just during the administration beneath Bush. Because of "waterboarding," the CIA was criticized at the same time. Many think the interrogation is torture.
There were a couple of detainees. Holder never identified them. However, a federal grand jury, led by Dunham, has been investigating the passing of Manadel al-Jamadi, who was beaten to death in 2003 in an Iraqi prison. There was a Navy SEAL many assumed was part of the beating death. He was acquitted though.
The Dunham inquiry had a lot of parts to it, the Washington Post reports. This incorporated Gul Rahman's passing. He was a young Afghan man who was also beaten to death in 2002 in a place called "The Salt Pit." Before he passed away, he was beaten and left without blankets. He was chained to a floor at this point too.
Moving forward now
House intelligence committee chairman and Republican Congressman Mike Rogers explained:
"The attorney general's decision is a significant step forward. I am pleased that the Department of Justice has finally substantially lifted an undeserved cloud of doubt and suspicion from all of our intelligence professionals."
Outgoing CIA director Panetta, on his last day of the job, also portrayed the news as a victory for United States intelligence.
"We are now finally about to close this chapter of our agency's history. As director, I have always believed that our primary responsibility is not to the past, but to the present and future threats to the nation."
Picking the CIA director
Thursday, General David Petraeus was confirmed by the Senate as the new director of the CIA.
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