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New Probe of CIA's Methods 


WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department on Monday appointed a special prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA mistreatment of terror suspects, a move representing a sharp break from the president's early determination to move beyond Bush-era controversies.

Attorney General Eric Holder named longtime Connecticut prosecutor John Durham to lead the investigation.

Mr. Durham is already examining the destruction of 92 videotapes that recorded certain Central Intelligence Agency interrogations of detainees, part of an investigation launched in early 2008 under the Bush administration. He will now also be probing whether CIA officers or contractors broke any laws with their use of harsh tactics.

President Barack Obama will also establish an elite unit to interrogate high-value detainees, creating a team of trained interrogators drawn from law enforcement, intelligence and military agencies.

The announcements came as the Justice Department released a heavily redacted report from the CIA's inspector general, as well as several hundred pages of additional documents on the CIA's interrogation program.

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