Alexander Warns Against Interrogation Investigation

Posted on August 26, 2009

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today issued the following statement on the Attorney General's decision to proceed with an investigation into CIA interrogation tactics employed after the September 11 terrorist attacks: “The right course for the country would be to stop second-guessing those coping with an unprecedented terrorist attack, look ahead, and enforce the clear rules regarding interrogation tactics, which I cosponsored and Congress adopted in 2005. “Where do we draw the line? Shouldn't we also ask Attorney General Holder about seventy instances before 9/11 in which the United States sent terrorist detainees to other countries for interrogation? Most of these renditions took place during the Clinton years when Mr. Holder himself was deputy attorney general. What did Mr. Holder know and when did he know it and what did he or others approve? What precautions did he take to make sure those renditions followed the law? “And, if we are going to second-guess CIA interrogators, should we not also look into those who created the techniques and who asked for legal opinions and who approved them? Should we not ask which members of Congress approved, encouraged, or didn't object to such techniques? “It is hard to open this can of worms without letting all the worms out.”