AG Holder Decides Not to Charge CIA Agents in Detainees' Deaths

By:  Joe Wolverton, II
08/31/2012
       
AG Holder Decides Not to Charge CIA Agents in Detainees' Deaths

On August 30 the Obama administration announced that it would not charge CIA agents with any crime in the deaths of two men who reportedly died during interrogation by U.S. intelligence officers.  The decision ends a criminal investigation begun in June 2011 by Attorney General Eric Holder. 

On August 30, the Obama administration announced that it would not charge CIA agents with any crime in the deaths of two men who reportedly died during interrogation by U.S. intelligence officers.

The decision ends a criminal investigation begun in June 2011 by Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder heeded the recommendation of federal prosecutor John Durham, who in 2009 began his inquiry into the treatment of over 100 prisoners in U.S. custody since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Durham’s investigation into the other detainees held by the CIA ended in 2011 with no charges being filed in those cases either.

In his statement announcing the decision not to charge the CIA interrogators, Holder explained that the Department of Justice “has declined prosecution because the admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt."

Although the names of the two men whose deaths were the focus of the probe were not revealed, a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia has been hearing testimony and reviewing evidence surrounding the death of Gul Rahman while being interrogated at a CIA-controlled prison near Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as the death of Manadel al Jamadi that occurred at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

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Photo of Attorney General Eric Holder: AP Images

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