Obama Advisers Say No Charges Against Those Who Authorized Torture

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TRUTHOUT– Barack Obama’s incoming administration is unlikely to bring criminal charges against government officials who authorized or engaged in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists during the George W. Bush presidency. Obama, who has criticized the use of torture, is being urged by some constitutional scholars and human rights groups to investigate possible war crimes by the Bush administration. Two Obama … Read More

Obama Signs Patriot Act Extension

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FOX NEWS– President Barack Obama has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the nation’s main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act. Provisions in the measure would have expired on Sunday without Obama’s signature Saturday. The act, which was adopted in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, expands the government’s ability to monitor Americans in the name … Read More

Is Obama’s Civil Liberties Record Understandable?

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November 27. 2009 SALON– Earlier this week, Kevin Drum said that “nine times out of ten” Obama’s policies are “pretty much what [he] expected” but that “the biggest one-time-out-of-ten where he’s not doing what [he] expected is in the area of detainee and civil liberties issues.”  Similarly, Andrew Sullivan cited “accountability for war crimes and civil rights” as among the very few issues … Read More

Top Bush Advisers Approved Enhanced Interrogation

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ABC NEWS– In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency, sources tell ABC News. The so-called Principals who participated in the meetings also approved the use of “combined” interrogation techniques — using … Read More

Congress Promises Bankers $4 Trillion for Next Bailout

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BLOOMBERG– To close out 2009, I decided to do something I bet no member of Congress has done – actually read from cover to cover one of the pieces of sweeping legislation bouncing around Capitol Hill. Hunkering down by the fire, I snuggled up with H.R. 4173, the financial-reform legislation passed earlier this month by the House of Representatives. The … Read More

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