U.S. Sen. Richard Burr told Attorney General Eric Holder that he is disappointed by the decision to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate potential CIA abuses in interrogating terrorism suspects.
Burr was one of nine Republican senators who sent a letter Monday to Holder questioning the decision, reports Barb Barrett. Holder made the appointment shortly after the release of an inspector general’s report from the Central Intelligence Agency. It reported that many interrogators appeared to go beyond the approved tactics in questioning suspects.
Last week, Burr and the other senators had warned Holder that such an investigation could threaten America’s security against future terrorist attacks and hurt the careers and reputations of interrogators.
They hinted Monday of the same threats.
"We fear that the true cost of this endeavor will be borne by the American people, who rely on the intelligence community, operating without distraction, to protect them from the many threats, known and unkonown, that our country faces in this post-9/11 world," they wrote.
Letters to Holder.pdf