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27 Aug, 2009 17:21

CIA interrogators to form special task force

President Obama has given the green light to a new unit to question terror suspects. It will be made up of military intelligence and law enforcement experts.

This comes at the same time as the news that after mounting pressure, the report on the CIA's interrogation tactics that previously was classified has now been released. More than half of the documents are still blacked out, but still stories of detainee torture could be read in the one hundred-plus pages that make up the document.

RT guest Jeff Stein, who is National Security Editor at Congressional Quarterly, believes the blacked out parts of text originally dealt with what happened to a number of prisoners who were unaccounted for.

Setting the state of affairs, Stein explained “In a legal process you need to have accusers, and who are going to be the accusers? People who have been tortured, right? Some of them are missing. Some of them are considered unreliable witnesses. So, this is really a legal thicket for any administration, and particularly this one.”

He also mentioned that it seems the investigation is targeted at the lower level people.

“The higher officials in the CIA and Justice Department are not the targets of this investigation,” predicted Stein.