US to Investigate Deaths of Two Detainees
Holder orders pair of inquiries but drops nearly 100 others
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2011 4:24 PM CDT
In this undated file photo obtained by ABC News, a US service member poses with the body of Iraqi detainee Manadel al-Jamadi at Abu Ghraib.   (AP Photo/ABC News, File)

(Newser) – The is-it-torture debate is probably going to rev up again: The Justice Department says it will launch criminal inquiries into the deaths of two detainees in US custody in 2002 and 2003, reports the Washington Post. Eric Holder gave the green light on the recommendation of federal prosecutor John Durham, who has been looking into CIA interrogations for two years now. Durham, however, said no charges were warranted in 99 other cases.

The two detainees were not identified, but the Post and Wall Street Journal identify them as:

  • Manadel al-Jamadi: The bomb-making suspect died at Abu Ghraib in 2003 while in CIA custody. A Navy SEAL was charged and acquitted in his death.
  • Gul Rahman: He died in 2002 at a CIA prison in Afghanistan known as the Salt Pit. He "was beaten and chained to a concrete floor without blankets," reports the Post.

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Jul 1, 2011 12:04 PM CDT
How about investigating the refusal of the president and the attorney general of refusing to defend federal law, both snubbing their noses at DOMA. You, Mr. Holder, should be fired, and the president should be impeached. You might also look into your refusal to defend our borders and selling guns to Mexican drug dealers. By the way, if it is okay to kill Osama, why isn't it okay to murder other terrorists?
Jun 30, 2011 6:37 PM CDT
The whole 'detainee' event is a disgrace and embarrassment that I wish would go away somewhere and not be recalled in my children's school books... It's too late to erase it from the consciousness of this generation. It's much, much worse than the nationalistic and war induced hysteria that locked up thousands of Japanese American citizens in this 'free' country, and a blot on the name of every sovereign American.
Jun 30, 2011 5:56 PM CDT
While you're doing the investigation Eric, if it's not too much trouble, check into Border Agent Terry, the one killed with the weapons you sold to the remember...I believe you'll find he's still dead. Get back to us on that.