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Friday, December 4, 2020

A Band-Aid fix that makes things worse

By DALE McFEATTERS

Perversely, the Guantanamo Bay detainees may be worse off under a new law designed to protect them from abusive treatment.

The McCain amendment to the Detainee Treatment Act quite rightly restates the longstanding American prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody. In short, we don’t torture.

But that same law limits the detainees’ access to U.S. courts. They may challenge their enemy combatant status and appeal the verdicts of military tribunals but they may not seek habeas corpus or protest their treatment.

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Education Department bent rules to award grants

By BEN FELLER

The Education Department bent the rules to award grants worth millions of dollars to hand-picked applicants in 2001 and 2002, congressional investigators have found. The moves were not characterized as illegal and no corrective action was required.

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CIA official investigated for cronyism

The CIA’s top watchdog has opened an investigation into the agency’s No. 3 official and his relationship with at least one defense contractor with alleged links to the bribery of a former congressman.

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Cunningham goes from the House to the Big House

By SETH HETTENA

Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who collected $2.4 million in homes, yachts, antique furnishings and other bribes on a scale unparalleled in the history of Congress, was sentenced Friday to eight years and four months in prison, the longest term meted out to a congressman in decades.

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