Dec 12, 2014

White House swings behind huge $1.1T spending bill

The Obama White House and House Republicans joined forces Thursday in a furious attempt to pass a $1.1 trillion U.S. government-wide spending bill over clamorous protests from Democrats objecting that it would roll back bank regulations imposed in the wake of the economic near-meltdown ...

Dec 12, 2014

U.S. narrowly averts government shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avert a government shutdown Thursday less than three hours before a midnight deadline, overcoming strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions. Shortly after the 219-206 vote, the House passed a 48-hour ...

Prosecutions for CIA torture still seem unlikely after Senate report

Dec 10, 2014

Prosecutions for CIA torture still seem unlikely after Senate report

Minutes after a U.S. Senate intelligence panel released details of the CIA’s torture of terrorism suspects, President Barack Obama suggested the country should move on. The U.S. Department of Justice, which has the power to bring criminal charges, looks set to follow his word. ...

List of the 13 techniques used on detainees

Dec 10, 2014

List of the 13 techniques used on detainees

Thirteen “enhanced interrogation techniques” are at the center of a Senate Intelligence Committee report about the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation tactics after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Here are the methods, as listed by a memo from the Justice Department to the CIA ...

Dec 10, 2014

Detainee Abu Zubaydah treated so harshly his handlers nearly wept

Abu Zubaydah was the CIA’s guinea pig. He was the first high-profile al-Qaida terrorist suspect captured after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and the first to vanish into the spy agency’s secret prisons. He was the first subjected to grinding white noise and sleep ...

Dec 10, 2014

Kerry: New flexible war powers needed to fight Islamic State

Secretary of State John Kerry asked Congress on Tuesday for new war powers to provide the legal grounding for U.S. military operations against the Islamic State, but said any new authorization should not limit the fight to Iraq and Syria and should not bind ...

Senate report on CIA torture will spur attacks: U.S. intel chief

Dec 8, 2014

Senate report on CIA torture will spur attacks: U.S. intel chief

Foreign governments and U.S. intelligence agencies are predicting that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA will cause “violence and deaths” abroad, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Republican Rep. Mike Rogers is regularly ...