Critics Call Obama’s Tribunals “Bush Lite”

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CBS– In an apparent reversal, President Barack Obama is reviving the Bush administration’s much-criticized military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees, shocking those who expected the president to end them completely. CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier reports that the president says these will not be your Bush-era tribunals, promising a new system that guarantees more legal rights for detainees. Mr. Obama … Read More

Top US Officials Say Afghanistan War Strengthens Taliban in Pakistan

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TELEGRAPH– Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, said the surge of 21,000 additional US troops into Afghanistan had raised the prospect that Pakistan could face even greater turmoil in the months ahead.”They want Afghanistan back,” he said. “We can’t let them or their al-Qaeda cohorts have it. We can’t permit the return of the … Read More

‘We’re Less Safe,’ Say Counterterrorism Experts

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CENTER FOR NATIONAL POLICY– Echoing recent statements by congressional Democrats, conservative counterterrorism experts Wednesday said the United States is “less safe” today than before Sept. 11, 2001. But White House Press Secretary Tony Snow continued to defend President Bush’s position that the U.S. is safer now than before the worst terrorist attacks in the nation’s history. The National Intelligence Estimate, … Read More

’06 Zogby Poll: Over 70% of US Troops Want War to End Immediately

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ZOGBY INTERNATIONAL– Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay “as long as they are needed.” *While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy *Plurality believes Iraqi insurgents are mostly homegrown *Almost 90% think war is retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11, most don’t blame Iraqi public … Read More

Obama Ups Pakistan Drone Strikes in Assassination Campaign

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CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR– Several US unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, fired a volley of missiles at houses in a village in Pakistan’s northwest on Tuesday and killed roughly 16 alleged Taliban militants, news agencies reported. Information on civilian casualties, if any, was not immediately available. Agence France-Presse cited an unidentified Pakistani security official as saying that about 18 US missiles … Read More

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