Top Ten Reasons Why The Senate Should Request a Special Prosecutor in the CIA Tape Case

The American Civil Liberties Union has called for a special prosecutor to investigate the destruction of the CIA interrogation tapes. The full letter is available here. The letter outlines ten reasons why the Senate should ask for an independent prosecutor. (Sorry for those going through withdrawal during the writer’s strike–this is not a Letterman-like top ten list). The ACLU’s ten reasons are:

  1. There is credible evidence of numerous federal crimes
  2. Attempts to shield government officials from criminal prosecution were pursued by the White House, including by the president and vice president
  3. Attorney General Mukasey still refuses to say whether waterboarding and other forms of torture are illegal
  4. The current head of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department was in meetings on interrogations
  5. The past head of the Criminal Division reportedly advised on interrogation practices, possibly including the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah
  6. The Justice Department wrote the legal opinions authorizing torture
  7. The Justice Department has failed to bring any indictments based on twenty CIA and DOD referrals of possible crimes by civilians
  8. Military prosecutors have not gone up the chain of command
  9. Further delay in criminal investigations could put some crimes outside the statutes of limitation
  10. Congress and the agencies have failed in holding torture perpetrators accountable
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