Archive for ‘April, 2008’

US Military Coordinated Day of Prayer Events With Christian Right Group

US Military Coordinated Day of Prayer Events With Christian Right Group

At least half-a-dozen active-duty military officials have been working closely with a task force headed by the far-right fundamentalist Christians planning religious events at military installations around the country to commemorate Thursday’s National Day of Prayer. In working directly with the National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force and agreeing to work as event coordinators, […]

Halliburton Bribe Case Haunts Cheney

Halliburton Bribe Case Haunts Cheney

Dick Cheney’s tenure at Halliburton ended eight years ago, but a federal investigation of alleged bribes from a company subsidiary to Nigerian officials lingers from the Cheney era, raising questions about what the Vice President knew or should have known. In its quarterly filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 25, Halliburton said […]

VA confirms 18 vets commit suicide every day

VA confirms 18 vets commit suicide every day

Top officials at the Veterans Administration tried to conceal information from the public about the sudden increase of attempted suicides among veterans that were treated or sought help at VA hospitals around the country, a previously undisclosed internal VA email indicates. The email was disclosed Tuesday in a federal trial at a courthouse in Northern […]

VA Debated PR Plan on Vets’ Suicides

VA Debated PR Plan on Vets’ Suicides

Senior officials at the Veterans Administration debated internally how to downplay evidence of a stunning number of suicides and suicide attempts among veterans who were treated or had sought help at VA hospitals around the country, according to newly disclosed internal VA e-mails. On Feb. 13, 2008, Ira Katz, the VA’s mental health director, and […]

VA Tried to Conceal Extent of Attempted Veteran Suicides, Email Shows

VA Tried to Conceal Extent of Attempted Veteran Suicides, Email Shows

Top officials at the Veterans Administration tried to conceal information from the public about the sudden increase of attempted suicides among veterans that were treated or sought help at VA hospitals around the country, a previously undisclosed internal VA email indicates. The email was disclosed Tuesday in a federal trial at a courthouse in Northern […]

Torture Question Hovers Over Chertoff

Torture Question Hovers Over Chertoff

John Yoo and some other Bush administration lawyers who built the legal framework for torture are now out of the U.S. government, but one still holds a Cabinet-level rank – Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. In the summer of 2002, Chertoff, then head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, offered assurances to the CIA that […]

Bush’s Torture Quote Undercuts Denial

Bush’s Torture Quote Undercuts Denial

President George W. Bush’s comment to ABC News – that he approved discussions that his top aides held about harsh interrogation techniques – adds credence to claims from senior FBI agents in Iraq in 2004 that Bush had signed an Executive Order approving the use of military dogs, sleep deprivation and other tactics to intimidate […]

Dems Shy Away from Iraq Money Fight

Dems Shy Away from Iraq Money Fight

Despite posing some tougher-than-usual questions at hearings on George W. Bush’s open-ended Iraq War strategy, congressional Democrats have signaled they will give the President $100 billion more in war spending without insisting on timetables for bringing U.S. troops home. Democratic leaders, who vowed in 2006 and 2007 to deny Bush any more “blank checks” for […]

Yoo’s Memo Hints at Bush’s Secrets

Yoo’s Memo Hints at Bush’s Secrets

The Pentagon’s declassification of a five-year-old memo authorizing military interrogators to use brutal methods to extract information from prisoners at Guantanamo Bay sheds new light into the dark corners of the Bush administration’s legal theories that put the President and his subordinates beyond domestic and international law. In the March 14, 2003, memo – which […]

SPECIAL REPORT: Building a Legal Framework for Torture

SPECIAL REPORT: Building a Legal Framework for Torture

On Jan. 17, 2003, Mary Walker, the Air Force general counsel, received an urgent memo from the Pentagon’s top attorney. Attached to the classified document was a set of directives drafted two days earlier by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. “Establish a working group within the Department of Defense to assess the legal, policy and […]

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