President, Justice Department urged to cease interrogation investigations
Today, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) joined 34 of his colleagues to offer a resolution thanking CIA employees for their service to the nation. In the resolution, the senators also urge President Obama and the Justice Department to cease ongoing and unwarranted investigations of employees that were involved in detention and interrogation programs, and encourage the president to implement policies that allow the intelligence community to continue such programs as necessary for the protection and safety of the United States from future terrorist attacks.
"The work of the CIA was critical to the discovery and death of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the horrendous 9-11 attacks," said Sen. DeMint. "These men and women deserve to be recognized as heroes for their service and hard work, not frightened by threats of prison time and public disgrace. I hope President Obama and his team realize how important these programs have been to keep our people safe from terrorist attacks."
Cosponsors include Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), John Thune (R-S.D.), David Vitter (R-La.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).