Senior Bush figures could be prosecuted for torture
Senior members of the Bush administration who approved the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation measures could face prosecution, President Obama disclosed today .
He said the use of torture reflected America "losing our moral bearings".
He said his attorney general, Eric Holder, was conducting an investigation and the decision rested with him. Obama last week ruled out prosecution of CIA agents who carried out the interrogation of suspected al-Qaida members at Guantánamo and secret prisons around the world.
The revelation will enrage senior Bush administration figures such as the former vice-president Dick Cheney.
US vice-president Dick Cheney has called for the disclosure of CIA memos which reveal the "success" of torture techniques, including waterboarding, used on al-Qaida suspects under the Bush administration.
The White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, hen asked yesterday why Bush administration lawyers could not be prosecuted, said: "The president is focusing on looking forward."
by Ewen MacAskill and Robert Booth
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