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Ex-CIA officials say torture report is one-sided, flawed

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of former top-ranking CIA officials disputed a U.S. Senate committee's finding that the agency's interrogation techniques produced no valuable intelligence, saying such work had saved thousands of lives. Former CIA directors George Tenet, Porter Goss and Michael Hayden, along with three ex-deputy directors, wrote in an op-ed article published on Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal that the Senate Intelligence Committee report also was wrong in saying the agency had been deceptive about its work following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. ...

UN expert calls for prosecution over torture

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:35

Members of George W. Bush's national security team must be prosecuted, says a UN official.

Giving away ‘Anatoly Z.’

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:01
A tiny handful of adoption professionals in the U.S. specialize in finding new homes for children whose original adoptive parents give them up. Technically this is called “disruption” (if the interruption comes before the adoption is finalized) and “dissolution” (if it comes after). Those who are appalled by the very thought often call it “rehoming,” as if with a pet. Those who believe it has been the dirty little secret of the adoption world for far too long prefer “second chance adoption.”

Hundreds march in fourth day of protests in California

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:36

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angered at the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers marched through downtown Berkeley streets, briefly blocking traffic on a state highway, and delaying metro and train services in the area as protests continued in Northern California.

Torture report: Harsh tactics didn't net bin Laden

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:24

A Senate report says harsh CIA interrogations did not lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Hundreds march as California protests continue

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 20:09

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angered at the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers marched through downtown Berkeley streets Tuesday night as protests continued in Northern California.

NY police promise to rebuild trust as protests spread

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:27

By Sharon Bernstein and Scott Malone BERKELEY, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the New York Police Department vowed on Tuesday to repair relations with poor and minority communities following the death of a suspect, even as protests over police violence flared across the United States. The department will retrain its members in nonviolent ways of making arrests, Police Commissioner William Bratton said, adding that he had taken a non-confrontational approach to protests over a grand jury's decision not to charge the officer involved in the controversial chokehold case. ...

Report slams psychologists who devised Bush-era interrogation

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 17:05
By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA paid $80 million to a company run by two former Air Force psychologists without experience in interrogation or counter-terrorism who recommended waterboarding, slaps to the face and mock burial for prisoners the U.S. suspected of being terrorists, according to a U.S. Senate report. The two men are referred to in the report by the pseudonyms "Dunbar" and "Swigert" but have been identified by U.S. intelligence sources as James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. ...

Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 15:51

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel laureate Wednesday when she received the Peace Prize in Oslo, sharing it with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. Fraternity between the nations!" said Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee. Malala, 17, who was given the prestigious award in Oslo City Hall, became a global icon after she was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education.

Lawmakers agree on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year.

Tennessee couple get 35 years in prison in girl's soda death

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:39
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - An eastern Tennessee father and stepmother of a 5-year-old girl who died after being forced to drink large amounts of grape soda and water as a form of punishment have been sentenced to 35 years in prison, authorities said. Randall Vaughn, 42, and Mary Vaughn, 59, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child neglect and were sentenced on Monday in Rogersville, Tennessee, District Attorney General Dan Armstrong said on Tuesday. ...

Senate report: CIA torture produced ‘fabricated’ intel, thwarted no plots

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:20

After waterboarding, a 9/11 mastermind told interrogators what "he thought they wanted to hear."

Kerry urges flexibility in U.S. war powers against Islamic State

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:56

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Any congressional authorization of U.S. military force against Islamic State should be flexible and not limit the fight to Iraq and Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. The authorization should also not restrict U.S. President Barack Obama in deploying combat troops against the militant group if needed, Kerry told a Senate committee debating the need for an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF. ...

Attorneys: Darren Wilson should be banned from policing in Missouri

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:15

Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, may have resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, but a group of attorneys wants the controversial officer stripped of his right to carry a badge anywhere in Missouri.

CIA torture report: The most stunning findings

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:51

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released a controversial report on the CIA’s interrogation practices.

President Obama, politicians react to Senate CIA torture report

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:41

Some reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee report released Tuesday on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Senate report: Harsh CIA tactics didn't work

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:36

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a damning indictment of CIA practices, Senate investigators on Tuesday accused the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on al-Qaida prisoners far beyond its legal boundaries and then deceiving the nation with narratives of useful interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.

British royal couple pays respects at New York's September 11 Memorial

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:52

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, paid a solemn visit on Tuesday to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, greeted by a small but resolute crowd of admirers who withstood driving rain and wind for a glimpse of the royal pair. Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, laid a bouquet of white roses and a handwritten note at one of the two memorial pools marking where the World Trade Center towers once stood. Etched along the pools are names of the nearly 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when two hijacked planes destroyed the twin towers. ...

Senate report condemns CIA's post 9/11 methods

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:37

The agency misled the public and policymakers about its interrogation techniques.

Feinstein: 'CIA detainees were tortured'

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:32

Investigators deliver damning report on interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks.