(Reuters) - Amnesty International on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama's administration of granting "de facto amnesty" to people involved in a CIA program that detained and tortured militants captured after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
The human rights group said that since the release in December of a Senate report on the use of what the Central Intelligence Agency called "enhanced interrogation techniques," the administration had done nothing to end impunity for those who mistreated prisoners.
Amnesty researcher Naureen Shah said the administration was effectively granting immunity from prosecution by failing to thoroughly investigate conduct that came to light in the five-year investigation.
The Senate Intelligence Committee report found that the CIA misled the White House and the American people over a program that involved torturing al Qaeda and other captives in secret facilities worldwide between 2002 and 2006.
Amnesty released a critique of the investigation and the official response, entitled "USA Crimes and Impunity," which accused the Obama administration of trying to sweep the report and crimes committed under the program "under the carpet."
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As always, direct human rights violations that the US condemns in other countries, but once we find ourselves partaking in such actions, is swept under the rug. US politicians release the study, but once it comes to actually taking action on their findings, its quietly silent. Obama wont convict or even further investigate the study, it just quietly put under the rug where Americans will forget about it. How can you "promote human rights overseas" when your own forces cant even uphold them? How can you "promote human rights overseas" when your own country wont even protect the others the US imprisons?