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Justice Dept Spurns Calls to Prosecute CIA Torturers

•, by Jason Ditz

Top UN officials are just some of the many people outraged in the wake of the CIA torture report summary's release, calling for the prosecution of US officials past and present who were implicated.

As a signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture, the US is legally obliged to prosecute torturers, but despite growing pressure, there is little to no chance of that happening.

The Justice Department today insisted that they aren't even considering reopening the criminal investigation into the torture, saying none of the revelations in the report were anything they didn't already know years ago. Though the Justice Department previously investigated whether any of the torture was prosecutable, at the time the attorney general had already ruled out following through on anything.

That doesn't mean the torturers are entirely off the hook, however. Rights groups and legal experts say that with so much of the torture carried out overseas, much of it still falls under the purview of those foreign courts, as well as potentially the International Criminal Court (ICC).