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Justice Department: Prosecutions of CIA Personnel Still on the Table

I wonder what the morale at Langley will be like when they hear this news . . .

Despite the widespread belief that Obama granted some sort of blanket immunity to interrogators connected to Bush’s torture program, it’s the Justice Department that will ultimately decide whether to prosecute interrogators on an individual basis . . .

I asked Justice Department spokesperson Matthew Miller to confirm that these decisions fall to Justice, and he replied: “The Justice Department makes decisions on Federal prosecutions.”

. . . It will fall to Justice to make legal evaluations of that behavior and decide whether or not individual interrogators operated within those four corners and where those four corners actually lie. Which is to say, the notion that the interrogators have some kind of blanket immunity — something Obama never really quite said — is not true in any meaningful sense.

Under the new administration, it seems, the detainees will be removed from Gitmo, and the empty cells will be prepared for the folks who used to run it . . .

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