Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Jan 24, 2015

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Long-standing ties between the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, and Saudi Arabia, an ultraconservative Islamic absolute monarchy, have strained at times, but the unlikely allies remain bound by mutual interests in regional stability and oil. The depth of the complex relationship was highlighted ...

U.S. torture program was mismanaged

Dec 26, 2014

U.S. torture program was mismanaged

The Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation program and the spy agency’s official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, including the brutality and effectiveness of its methods and the agency’s secret dealings with the Bush White House, Congress and the ...

Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' U.S. presidential bid

Dec 17, 2014

Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' U.S. presidential bid

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has all but declared his candidacy for president, an early move that raises more clearly the possibility of a 2016 showdown between America’s two most powerful political dynasties. Bush, the son and brother of two former Republican presidents, declared ...

CIA interrogators heroes not torturers: Cheney

Dec 15, 2014

CIA interrogators heroes not torturers: Cheney

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday defended America’s now-banned program that tortured al-Qaida suspects, praising the CIA operatives who ran it as heroes. “I’m perfectly comfortable that they should be praised, they should be decorated,” the right-hand man to former President George ...

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

Dec 13, 2014

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terrorism detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved. Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to last ...

Nov 5, 2014

Another George Bush wins an election in Texas

The Bush political dynasty has a new junior member — George P. Bush, who has won an election in Texas for an obscure statewide office, local media reported. The 38-year-old Bush is the nephew of former President George W. Bush, grandson of ex-President George ...