Revived debate on toture, interrogation, CIA

Revived debate on toture, interrogation, CIA

When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogation methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration lawyers was encouraging, even clinical. In one of several memos forming the legal underpinnings for brutal interrogation techniques, the CIA was told Abu Zubaydah could lawfully be placed in a box with an insect, kept […]

GOP lament: What is Ted Cruz doing?

GOP lament: What is Ted Cruz doing?

One colleague called the tactics of tea party-backed Sen. Ted Cruz on the $1.1 trillion spending bill a painful echo of last year’s 16-day partial government shutdown. Another senator said it was a strategy without an end game. And that sniping came from Cruz’s fellow Republicans. The 43-year-old Texas freshman in a political hurry — […]

In or out for Jeb Bush in 2016?

In or out for Jeb Bush in 2016?

Jeb Bush’s big donors and allies are tantalized by his promise to decide “in short order” whether to run for president. But supporters are struggling to understand what his actions mean and whether they can predict his political intentions. Bush is scheduled to give the commencement address Monday at the University of South Carolina during […]

Black churches protest police slayings

Black churches protest police slayings

Congregants in African-American churches across the country wore black to Sunday services and prayed over the men in attendance in a symbolic stand against fatal police shootings of unarmed black men. Bishop T.D. Jakes told worshippers at The Potter’s House Church in Dallas that black men should not be “tried on the sidewalk.” At Ebenezer […]

$1.1 trillion spending bill finally clears Congress

$1.1 trillion spending bill finally clears Congress

Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama’s signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration’s new immigration policy. The vote late Saturday night was 56-40 in favor of the measure, which funds nearly the entire government through the Sept. 30 end […]

Demostration at Capitol over deaths of blacks

Demostration at Capitol over deaths of blacks

Demonstrators nationwide protesting the fatal shootings of unarmed black men killed by police chanted “I can’t breathe!” ”Hands up, don’t shoot!” and waved signs that read “Black lives matter!” as family members of three victims packed a stage in front of the U.S. Capitol, urging thousands of supportive marchers to keep pressing for changes to […]

More documents released in Ferguson, Missouri

More documents released in Ferguson, Missouri

A prosecutor released hundreds of pages of additional documents Saturday from the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown, including an interview transcript of a friend who initially asserted that he had seen Brown get shot in the back. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said the newly released records were inadvertently excluded from […]

Justice Scalia: Torture has a place in fighting terrorists

Justice Scalia: Torture has a place in fighting terrorists

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate’s torture report by saying it’s hard to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened. Scalia told a Swiss broadcast network that American and European liberals who say such tactics may never be used are […]

CIA medics played role in torture of prisoners

CIA medics played role in torture of prisoners

From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terror detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved. Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to this week’s Senate intelligence committee report. Senior CIA medical officials helped the […]

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