Justice Department Narrows Inquiry Into CIA Tactics

Lead investigator will probe only a handful of cases
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2009 10:17 AM CDT
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department Thursday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Eric Holder continues to take heavy flak from critics who think he should leave the CIA alone, and the Washington Post has news that should give them at least a bit of satisfaction: The Justice Department's preliminary investigation will be smaller than anticipated. The lead investigator will look at only a handful of cases of suspected mistreatment of detainees, sources tell the paper.

Details remain under wraps, but one of them reportedly involves the death of an Afghan detainee at a secret facility near Kabul seven years ago. The prisoner died after being beaten and chained to a cold concrete floor, the Post notes. News of the smaller inquiry comes as seven former CIA directors wrote to President Obama pleading with him to end the investigation.