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Atty. Gen. Worried About Repercussions of “Torture” For Govt. Agents and Lawyers

Atty. Gen. Mukasey/doj photo

Atty. Gen. Mukasey/doj photo

The issue of “torture” could have serious ramifications as the Obama administration comes in. Will some government people be subject to prosecution? Will some pending criminal cases get tossed  as a result? We shall see.

By EVAN PEREZ
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Michael Mukasey raised concerns that government agents and national security lawyers may be at risk for criminal prosecution after his likely successor, Eric Holder, declared that waterboarding of terror detainees is torture.
The 67-year-old former federal judge in New York, who took office 14 months ago, said in an interview that the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama faces a “conundrum” as it tries to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Word that Mr. Obama plans to issue an executive order to close the prison has caused worry among Justice Department lawyers who fear evidence backing the cases against many of the approximately 250 detainees wouldn’t hold up in a conventional court proceeding.
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