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

Key Members of Obama’s Aministration

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RTE NEWS– Here are people Barack Obama has chosen for key posts in his administration after he takes office on 20 January. Secretary of State– New York Senator Hillary Clinton, Mr Obama’s former Democratic Party rival for the White House, was named to the top diplomatic post. The move is seen as part of Mr Obama’s effort to rebuild the … Read More

Spying Goes Up as Terror Cases Diminish

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LA TIMES— The number of Americans being secretly wiretapped or having their financial and other records reviewed by the government has continued to increase as officials aggressively use powers approved after the Sept. 11 attacks. But the number of terrorism prosecutions ending up in court — one measure of the effectiveness of such sleuthing — has continued to decline, in … Read More

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