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Attorney General Holder Says He Will "Follow The Law" And Investigate Torture

Independent Prosecutor Should Be Promptly Appointed, Says ACLU

NEW YORK - Attorney
General Eric Holder said today that the Justice Department will "follow
the law wherever it takes us" in investigating the U.S. officials
behind the CIA torture policies under the Bush administration.
 
The American Civil Liberties Union
renews its call for Attorney General Holder to appoint an independent
prosecutor who will be impartial and free from political influence.

The following can be attributed to Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU:

"It is encouraging to hear the
attorney general state that the Justice Department will fulfill its
most basic mandate of enforcing the law. Torture is a crime, and the
Justice Department is the right place to initiate an independent
top-to-bottom investigation of it.
 
"To fulfill the Department's
essential role as enforcer of the nation's laws, Attorney General
Holder is compelled by his oath of office to initiate investigations of
those who authorized, legally sanctioned and carried out unlawful acts
of torture that have been a stain on our nation's name and its
commitment to human rights and the rule of law."

Information on the torture memos
recently released through the ACLU's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit
and on the ACLU's work to fight torture can be found online at: www.aclu.org/olcmemos

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