Archive for ‘January, 2009’

Physicians Organization Calls on U.S. to Close Torture Loopholes

Physicians Organization Calls on U.S. to Close Torture Loopholes

While applauding President Barack Obama’s recent executive orders banning torture and other harsh interrogation practices, medical authorities are calling attention to a little-reported section of the Army’s Field Manual on Interrogation that they say still allows the use of tactics that can constitute torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment under U.S. and international law. […]

Conyers Delays Rove’s Deposition to Give Obama Lawyers ‘Time’

Conyers Delays Rove’s Deposition to Give Obama Lawyers ‘Time’

By Jason Leopold House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers extended the deadline by three weeks for former White House senior adviser Karl Rove to provide a deposition to the panel over his alleged involvement in the politicization of the Justice Department, according to a letter the Conyers sent to Rove’ s lawyer Friday.  Tweet

Air Force Bible Study Described Jews as ‘Whiners’

Air Force Bible Study Described Jews as ‘Whiners’

By Jason Leopold A couple of weeks ago, military command and staff officers at Creech Air Force base in Nevada circulated an e-mail at the request of the senior base chaplain to all personnel stationed at the facility, inviting them to attend a Bible study class in which the topic for discussion characterized Jews as […]

Congress Subpoenaed Miers 3 Weeks Ago, But She Wouldn’t Comply

Congress Subpoenaed Miers 3 Weeks Ago, But She Wouldn’t Comply

By Jason Leopold The House Judiciary Committee quietly subpoenaed former White House Counsel Harriet Miers three weeks ago demanding that she provide testimony about her role in the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006.  Tweet

Rove Has ‘Absolute Immunity’, Ex-White House Counsel Says

Rove Has ‘Absolute Immunity’, Ex-White House Counsel Says

Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee also quietly subpoenaed former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and George Bush’s former Chief of Staff Josh Bolten. The former advisers never showed up, according to documents. By Jason Leopold Former White House senior adviser Karl Rove said he would ignore a Congressional subpoena that calls for him […]

Congress Quietly Subpoenaed Harriet Miers, But She Refused to Comply

Congress Quietly Subpoenaed Harriet Miers, But She Refused to Comply

By Jason Leopold The House Judiciary Committee quietly subpoenaed former White House Counsel Harriet Miers three weeks ago demanding that she provide testimony about her role in the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006.  According to a letter sent to Elliot Mincberg, chief counsel of oversight and investigations for the Judiciary Committee, by Miers’ […]

Letter to Rove Says He Has ‘Absolute Immunity’ and Can Ignore Subpoena

Letter to Rove Says He Has ‘Absolute Immunity’ and Can Ignore Subpoena

Earlier this month, Conyers’ Judicary Committee also quietly subpoenaed former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and George Bush’s former Chief of Staff Josh Bolten. The former advisers never showed up, according to documents. By Jason Leopold Former White House senior adviser Karl Rove said he would ignore a Congressional subpoena that calls for him to […]

Match This for Stupidity: Taxing a House of Cards

Match This for Stupidity: Taxing a House of Cards

By Walter Brasch My wife is a smoker. Except for one year when she quit, she’s been a smoker since she was about 18. But she’s cut back, from as many as three packs a day to just three cigarettes. And, she now smokes outside the house.  At various times, she was asked to show […]

Obama’s Executive Orders: Is Egypt Listening?

Obama’s Executive Orders: Is Egypt Listening?

By William Fisher You may have missed it because it was ignored by virtually the entire the American mainstream press, but there’s a really creepy irony that accompanied President Obama’s decision to close Guantanamo and end torture, secret prisons and extraordinary rendition. The irony is that some of the most lavish praise for Obama came […]

Secretary of Defense Gates: An Old Dog Up to His Old Tricks

Secretary of Defense Gates: An Old Dog Up to His Old Tricks

By Melvin A. Goodman On Jan. 27, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton engaged in efforts to change the tone, and perhaps the substance, of U.S. relations with the Muslim world, including Iran.  President Obama, in the first formal interview of his presidency, told the Arab satellite network al-Arabiya that Americans “have not […]

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