E-mails document destruction of CIA torture tapes

Internal CIA e-mails show the former agency head, Porter Goss, agreed with a top aide’s 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of the harsh interrogation of a terror suspect, a controversial action that remains the focus of an FBI investigation. The documents show that, despite Goss’ apparent agreement, CIA officials almost immediately began worrying they’d done something wrong. The e-mails also indicate that President George W. Bush‘s White House counsel, Harriet Miers, hadn’t been informed of the tapes’ destruction and was “livid” to find out later. The videos showed CIA interrogators using waterboarding, a simulated drowning technique that’s widely considered torture,
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Liz Cheney’s witchhunt flames out

A witchhunt orchestrated by George W. Bush supporters against government lawyers representing Guantanamo inmates has backfired, as conservatives joined the outcry against the McCarthy-like attacks. “Who are these government officials? Eric Holder would only name two. What’s the secrecy behind the other seven? Whose values do they share?” asks the video ad posted online by the conservative group Keep America Safe. “Tell Eric Holder the Americans have the right to know their identities, the Al-Qaeda Seven.” Liz Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, has come under fire from left and right for orchestrating the campaign questioning the patriotism
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Liz Cheney under fire from her own

Liz Cheney, the ever-controversial daughter of equally controversial Vice President Dick Cheney, is taking heat from Republicans and conservatives for her group’s attacks on Justice Department lawyers who once represented defendants accused of terrorism. A group of right-wing lawyers and foreign policy professionals — including former special prosecutor Ken Starr — say Cheney’s “Keep America Safe” attacks, which include calling the lawyers the “Al Qaeda Seven, is over the top. “We consider these attacks both unjust to the individuals in question and destructive of any attempt to build lasting mechanisms for counterterrorism adjudications,” said a letter from 19 lawyers, including
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Cheney suffered mild heart attack

Family members say former Vice President Dick Cheney suffered a “mild” heart attack earlier this week. Cheney was hospitalized Monday with chest pains — the latest in several trips to the hospital in what has been a long, protracted battle with heart disease. Lab tests at George Washington University Hospital revealed Tuesday Cheney had, indeed, suffered a heart attack — his fifth since he was 37. “The whole family has been working with heart disease for decades,” political consultant Mary Matalin told The Associated Press. “They are vigilant and attuned to treatment.” Matalin said the 69-year-old Cheney “knows how to
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Cheney hospitalized with chest pains

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, known for creating heartburn for political opponents, was hospitalized at George Washington Medical Center in Washington Monday after suffering chest pains. Cheney, who has a history of heart problems and has a pacemaker, was “resting comfortably, according to assistant Peter Long. Cheney has had four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery and two angioplasties to clear his clogged arteries. Doctors, Long said, are “evaluating” Cheney’s condition. Related articles Cheney Hospitalized After Chest Pains (nytimes.com) Dick Cheney In Hospital For Chest Pains (huffingtonpost.com) Chest pains send Cheney to hospital (cbc.ca)
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Powell: Cheney wrong about Obama

Colin Powell, former President George W. Bush‘s Secretary of State, says Bush’s Vice-President, Dick Cheney, is full of crap when it comes to charges that the country is less safe with Barack Obama in the White House. “To suggest that somehow we have become much less safer because of the actions of the administration, I don’t think that’s borne out by the facts,” Powell told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. Obama, Powell said, kept most of Bush’s anti-terror programs. “The Transportation Security Administration created by George Bush is still in action working in our airports,” Powell said to “Face
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Conservatives pile it on at CPAC

Republicans who may want President Barack Obama‘s job flocked to the town they love to hate this weekend and repeatedly ripped into the Democrat, an early tryout of sorts for the GOP nomination. “Barack Obama has created at least three jobs that I know of: Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie and Scott Brown,” former House speaker Newt Gingrich told a fawning crowd Saturday, celebrating recent GOP victories in governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey, and the Senate in Massachusetts, respectively. He predicted Republicans would take back control of Congress this fall and added: “We’ll elect a new president in 2012.”
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