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    The Center for Constitutional Rights Legal Director Baher Azmy said individuals responsible for the CIA torture program should be brought to justice.

    WASHINGTON, December 10 (Sputnik) – Those responsible for torturing detainees under the CIA detention and interrogation program should be prosecuted, either in the United States or in international courts, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Legal Director Baher Azmy has said in a statement.

    "We renew our demand for accountability for those individuals responsible for the CIA torture program," Azmy said. "They should be prosecuted in US courts; and if our government continues to refuse to hold them accountable, they must be pursued internationally under the principles of universal jurisdiction."

    CCR attorneys represented numerous survivors from the CIA's torture program, including Majid Khan and Abu Zubaydah, detainees who, according to the report, were subject to "rectal hydration" and waterboarding interrogation.

    "The long-delayed Senate report proves what we have been saying since 2006: that the CIA engaged in a sophisticated program of state-sanctioned torture, notable for its elaborate planning and ruthless application," Azmy said. "We have witnessed firsthand the devastating human consequences in meetings with our clients at Guantanamo [prison]."

    CCR has already been working with international partners to file cases against former officials, who oversaw the CIA's torture programs including former US President George W. Bush and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

    According to CCR, since the United States is not a member of the International Criminal Court and has yet to prosecute any high level officials involved with serious international crimes such as torture, the center's best option of bringing justice to this case is to go to countries where "universal jurisdiction" applies with laws that prosecute serious international crimes like torture regardless of where they occurred.

    On Tuesday, the US Senate Select Intelligence Committee released 500-pages detailing their investigation into the CIA interrogation techniques used on alleged al-Qaeda agents after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    The full report contains a 6,300-page description of the interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, threats of sexual assault, forced nudity, prolonged sleep deprivation, use of stress positions, mock executions, threats against children and family, use of power drills and many other torture practices carried out in CIA detention centers worldwide.

    A full probe into the interrogation practices was commissioned by the Intelligence Committee in 2009. The investigation was finalized and authorized in December 2012, despite disagreements between Republicans and Democrats within the committee.

    CIA Torture Report (96)


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