The Obama Administration will launch criminal investigations into brutal Bush-era terror interrogations after a report tonight revealed that operatives threatened to kill the children of a key September 11 suspect, and told another his mother would be sexually assaulted in front of him.
The report, which also said detainees suffered mock executions and death threats, convinced Eric Holder, President Obama’s Attorney-General, to appoint veteran federal prosecutor John Durham to investigate CIA abuse of terror suspects.CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children' - Times OnlineAccording to the report, written five years ago by the CIA’s former inspector general John Helgerson, one CIA interrogator told Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks: “We’re going to kill your children” if there was another terror strike on US soil.
Another interrogator allegedly tried to convince another detainee that his mother would be brought to the jail and sexually assaulted in front of him, a claim the CIA operative has denied.
Mr Holder’s decision was bolstered by a recommendation from his Justice Department’s ethics office to reopen nearly a dozen alleged abuse cases. “I fully realise my decision … will be controversial,” Mr Holder said tonight.
Oh, 9/11 suspect or not. I don't think threatening children is right if this is true.