Eric Holder arrived in London yesterday and paid a visit to a prison as notorious in its time as Guantanamo Bay, the AP reports. The attorney general listened quietly as his guide at the infamous Tower of London described scenes of torture—such as the interrogation of Guy Fawkes, who tried to blow up Parliament in 1605 and was stretched on the rack by his captors.
Holder will decide whether to prosecute Bush administration officials for authorizing waterboarding and other techniques widely considered torture. He also has less than a year to shut Guantanamo Bay, and is visiting Europe for help in relocating detainees. But many nations are skeptical of taking any of the remaining 240 inmates, of whom 60 would face imprisonment or death if they return home.