UN Officials Call For Prosecution Of CIA Operatives Involved In “Torture”


The CIA Post-9/11 torture report released Tuesday has sparked a firestorm of controversy overseas. UN special investigator Ben Emmerson says the report shows “there was a clear policy orchestrated at highest levels of the Bush administration, and senior US officials who authorized and carried-out torture as part of former President George W. Bush’s national security policy must be prosecuted.

Speaking in Geneva, he said the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities shows ‘there was a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush administration which allowed participants to commit systematic crimes. Because torture is considered a grave crime under international law, US officials and other American citizens implicated by the Senate report on torture could face arrest in other countries as a result of investigations by foreign courts according to human rights lawyers.

ABC’s Tom Rivers joined us from London Thursday morning.

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