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Call to reopen US prison abuse cases: report

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Monday, August 24, 2009

The US Justice Department’s ethics office has recommended reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases, potentially exposing CIA employees and contractors to prosecution for their treatment of terrorism suspects, The New York Times reported Monday.

Citing an unnamed “person officially briefed on the matter,” the newspaper said the recommendation was made recently by the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility and presented to Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Justice Department will disclose on Monday new details on prisoner abuse that were gathered in 2004 by the Central Intelligence Agency?s inspector general but have never been released, the report said.

The inspector general has reportedly found that CIA interrogators used a handgun and an electric drill to try to frighten a captured Al-Qaeda commander, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, into giving up information.

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