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DOJ Grants Immunity in CIA Torture Case

ABC News reports that the United States government has officially closed the investigation into the alleged torture of CIA detainees during the Bush Administration. No one will be prosecuted.

The investigation centered on the deaths of Gul Rahman, a suspected Afghan militant, and an Iraqi prisoner, Manadel al-Jamadi. Rahman froze to death in 2002 at Salt Pit while chained to the cement floor, according to the article by Jason Ryan. Al-Jamadi died in 2003 while in custody at Abu Ghraib.

As described in an article by the Guardian, al-Jamadi’s dead body was later photographed next U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Granier who was giving the thumbs-up. Later, an autopsy declared al-Jamadi’s death a homicide caused by “blunt force trauma complicated by compromised respiration.”

The decision brings the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program under scrutiny. For example, ACLU deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer called the Justice Department’s decision “nothing short of a scandal.” Similarly, Glenn Greenwald, reporter on security and liberty for The Guardian, wrote an article in response to the decision claiming the United States government is now effectively beyond the scope of accountability. Mr. Greenwald denounced the decision as a “farce” and offered a spirited account of the facts. You can find his full article, here.

You can read the full ABC News article, here.

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