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Obama administration knew of mass torture in Syria since November

US government officials saw as early as November hundreds of images of alleged mass torture and killings of detainees held by the Syrian regime, the State Department said. But President Barack Obama's administration at the time decided against making……

ACLU: Obama’s extra-judicial killings raise ‘profound legal and moral questions’

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is strongly objecting to a speech given Monday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at Northwestern University’s law school, during which he offered a public acknowledgement that the Obama Administration believes it has the right to kill U.S. citizens anywhere in the world without…

Obama administration to offer legal justification for targeted killings of Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday plans to outline how U.S. laws empower the government to kill Americans overseas who engage in terrorism against their home country, a source familiar with the matter said, months after a drone strike killed a U.S.-born cleric who plotted attacks from Yemen.…

Conservatives unconvinced by Obama’s birth control compromise

In the wake of the Obama Administration’s announcement that it would accommodate religious employers’ objections to providing birth control coverage by exempting them from paying for it, conservatives at CPAC and elsewhere pronounced themselves entirely unswayed by the Administration’s efforts. “Nothing’s free,” said John Marlin of Human Life International, an…

Cheney demands apology from Obama for criticism of Bush foreign policy

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is demanding an apology from President Barack Obama for slamming the Bush Administration on foreign policy and not using the phrase ‘war on terror.’ On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, host Candy Crowley asked him that given President Obama’s foreign policy accomplishments if…

DEA refuses to reclassify marijuana, claims it has no medicinal value

The Drug Enforcement Administration has ruled marijuana should remain classified as a dangerous drug like heroin because studies have not confirmed its medicinal value, but the agency may itself be to blame for the lack of evidence. The DEA denied a 9-year-old petition to initiate proceedings to reschedule marijuana in…

US keeps bluefin tuna off endangered list

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Friday rejected calls to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna as an endangered species, saying that while it was worried about overfishing it did not fear imminent extinction. Environmental groups have repeatedly voiced concern that the global fad for Japanese food was driving the world’s…

EXCLUSIVE: LGBT immigration advocates plan DOMA challenge

In the wake of the decision by the Obama Administration that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and that they would not defend it in court, many LGBT couples are waiting to see just what effect the ruling will have on their access to federal benefits…

Obama declares key section of gay marriage ban ‘unconstitutional’

Update (video, below): White House spokesman says Obama still ‘grappling’ with ‘distinct’ feelings on gay marriage In a stunning reversal of policy announced Wednesday, President Barack Obama decided that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, a Clinton-era law that restricts the benefits of marriage to a man…

Federal court blocks Obama Administration attempt to spy on cell phones without a warrant

The Obama Administration’s effort to obtain your location from cell phone towers without a warrant was rebuffed Wednesday by a federal court. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Justice Department cannot obtain information about which cell phone towers mobile phones communicate with without a warrant. The…

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