CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report
WASHINGTON - The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that history may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal prosecution worldwide.
The Senate Intelligence Committee's report doesn't urge prosecution for wrongdoing, and the Justice Department has no interest in reopening a criminal probe.
But the threat to former interrogators and their superiors was underlined as a U.N. special investigator demanded those responsible be prosecuted, and human rights groups said key CIA and Bush administration officials should be arrested if they travel overseas.
Current and former CIA officials pushed back, determined to paint the Senate report as a political stunt by Senate Democrats.