Gov. Martin O'Malley said he hopes the Justice Department will reinvestigate torture practices at the Central Intelligence Agency and reconsider whether to pursue criminal charges against those involved.
O'Malleys comments, given Wednesday in an interview with the New York Times, comes as the country reels from revelations in a Senate report this week about the extent and ineffectiveness of torture techniques under the Busch administration.
“I hope that the Justice Department might reconsider and appoint a special prosecutor,’’ O'Malley said. “I think there needs to be some accountability so that this doesn’t happen again."
O'Malley's call for some of the perpetrators of torture, some of whom were following orders and given legal clearance by administration, stakes out more forceful position than other politicians considering a 2106 bid for the White House.
Republicans and former CIA officials have called the Senate report biased and unfair.