GOP senators against special prosecutor to probe CIA

Several Republican senators are urging Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderDem rep: Jim Crow's 'nieces and nephews' are in the White House Obama to attend Pittsburgh Steelers owner's funeral Ex-Uber employee who spurred sexual harassment probe to lead new publication MORE to scrap plans to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate CIA officials who interrogated suspected terrorists.
 
In a letter to Holder sent Wednesday, nine GOP Senators including Sen. Kit Bond (Mo.), the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, said that the appointment of a special prosecutor could “have serious consequences, not just for the honorable members of the intelligence community, but also for the security of all Americans.”
 
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The CIA came under fire during the Bush administration for its harsh interrogation methods of suspected terrorists in detention. CIA officials also faced criticism over the harsh interrogation techniques leading to questionable confessions and even the death of detainees.
 
In their letter to Holder, the Republican senators are taking issue with reports that the special prosecutor would particularly be looking into how CIA interrogators treated Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the masterminds of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
 
The senators argue that the interrogation of Mohammed produced information that “was absolutely vital” to capturing other terrorists and preventing other attacks on the United States, such as a plot to destroy the Library Tower in Los Angeles.
 
“It is ironic that the Obama administration, which has delayed justice for the victims of September 11 by suspending the trial of KSM, may soon be charging ahead to prosecute the very CIA officials who obtained critical information from him,” the lawmakers wrote.
 
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