Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bond Warns Holder Against Investigation

Senator Kit Bond is warning the U.S. Attorney General against naming a special prosecutor to investigate Bush administration interrogation policies because such an exercise would "leave us more vulnerable to attack."
"We are deeply concerned by recent news reports that you are 'poised to appoint a special prosecutor' to investigate CIA officials who interrogated al Qaeda terrorists. Such an investigation could have a number of serious consequences, not just for the honorable members of the intelligence community, but also for the security of all Americans," wrote Sen. Bond and others in a letter to Holder.
"We will not know the lost opportunities to prevent attacks, the policies to protect the nation left on the table, due to fear of future policy disagreement being expressed through an indictment," said the letter, which was signed by nine Republicans, including Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Jeff Sessions, Bond, Orrin Hatch and John Cornyn. "It is hard to imagine how the Justice Department could take that risk after September 11, given that the foremost duty of the Department is to protect Americans."

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