Local News

Former CIA Contractor Passaro May Be Sentenced Today

Posted February 13, 2007

A former CIA contractor from Lillington convicted of assaulting an Afghan detainee is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Raleigh.

Prosecutors said David Passaro, a former Special Forces medic, beat Abdul Wali with a flashlight and kicked him over two days while interrogating him in July 2003 at a U.S. base in northern Afghanistan. He died the following day.

In August 2006, Passaro was the first American civilian charged with mistreating a detainee during the war on terror.

U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle, who refused Passaro's request to overturn the conviction, said the evidence supported the verdict. Boyle said the lack of an autopsy probably kept Passaro from being charged with murder.

Passaro, who is in custody, faces up to 11 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • shoyaryt Feb 13, 2007

    Not at all... I just feel if we hold others accountable for horrendous and violent acts, then we have to hold ourselves to the same degree. He broke the law; he should be held responsible for his actions, plain and simple.

  • sdd82nd Feb 13, 2007

    I guess you were hopeing for the 40 years.

  • sdd82nd Feb 13, 2007

    HAHAHA. LMAO!!!!

  • shoyaryt Feb 13, 2007

    It's definitely blowing something, alright...

  • sdd82nd Feb 13, 2007

    I know. Mind blowing aren't they.

  • shoyaryt Feb 13, 2007

    I'm just so moved and enlightened by your witty responses... too deep for me!

  • sdd82nd Feb 13, 2007

    Go grab a tree and HUG IT!

  • sdd82nd Feb 13, 2007

    Blah Blah Blah

  • shoyaryt Feb 13, 2007

    So what you're saying, sdd82nd, is that Iraqi and Afghani people can rightly think of us as terrorists also? They have certainly witnessed countless attempts to kill their way of life, their torture and rape, and wrongful bombings. Please don't pass off Passaro's "murder" as his patriotic duty to save my life or protect my freedom; it's an insult. When you have people that want to protect their way of life, regardless of how barbaric or uncivilized we see it; that's not terrorism, that's resistance. If our country was overran by another form of government, would you fall into the new system or would you be apart of a group of freedom fighters still trying to protect and preserve our way of life? So what makes their efforts any different?

  • hail2opeth Feb 13, 2007

    But why make a scapegoat of this guy? Is this guy really the ONLY one who tortured such prisoners? I wonder who this guy fell out of favor with to lead to his current plight. I don't think "throwing the book at him" is called for. Perhaps a light punishment is in order. =I