Republican U.S. Rep. Walter Jones has told the group NC Stop Torture Now that he thinks there are “many crimes worthy of prosecution” detailed in the Senate report on the CIA’s use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other harsh treatment of detainees after 9/11.
Jones, a Farmville Republican, issued a statement to the group last week on the issue after previously meeting with the advocacy group. It was released Monday. In the statement, Jones agreed with Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News legal commentator and former state court judge in New Jersey, who said after the summary of the Senate report was released in December that there were many crimes detailed in the report that should be prosecuted.
The Senate report on post 9/11 interrogations was written by then-majority Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee. North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican who now is chairman of the committee, has said he does not plan to hold further hearings on it.
Napolitano said on Fox the report was “the most compelling, detailed documented report of government intentional infliction of pain on non-combatants ever produced in American history since the time of the Civil War.”
Jones said in a statement: “I agree with Judge Napolitano on the issue of the Senate torture report. Judge Napolitano is a friend, and a man I respect who understands the Constitution. I am not an attorney myself, but I have a basic understanding of the Geneva Convention and the use of interrogation during wartime. Judge Napolitano clearly states in his legal opinion that the Senate report details many crimes worthy of prosecution, and I agree.”
The ACLU and two human rights groups have asked the Obama administration to investigate whether Bush administration and CIA officials broke the law by having suspected terrorists tortured in prisons.
But the Justice Department hasn’t indicated it plans any prosecutions.
Both Jones and Napolitano are members of the advisory board of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Ron Paul, the former Republican congressman from Texas and father of GOP 2016 presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was the Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1988.