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A Prosecutor Will Examine CIA Torture Cases, Thanks to You
Thousands of supporters like you have called for the Obama Administration to investigate torture and other detainee abuses. Our voices have been heard.Yesterday, the Obama Administration took actions that demonstrate a commitment to ending detainee abuse and beginning a process to hold accountable those responsible for the torture regime.Attorney General Holder's decision to appoint a prosecutor to re-examine a number of cases of alleged torture and abuse is the latest sign that the Administration's 'don't look back' policy is being reassessed. We first saw this welcome reconsideration in July when the President ordered his national security team to gather the facts about the alleged Dasht-e-Leili massacre in Afghanistan in 2001.Since 2005, PHR has documented the systematic use of psychological and physical torture by US personnel against detainees held at Guant?namo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Bagram airbase and elsewhere in its groundbreaking reports, Break Them Down, Leave No Marks and Broken Laws, Broken Lives. The CIA Inspector General's report (PDF) released today confirms the use of abusive and illegal interrogation techniques documented in these PHR reports.This is yet another milestone. While much work remains to be done---to restore the US commitment against torture, ensure humane treatment of detainees, and mobilize the health professional community to adopt strong ethical prohibitions against participation in interrogations---this is a historical turning point.Thank you for your commitment and financial support, which makes possible the vital work of PHR's Campaign Against Torture. We couldn't do it without you.