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Iran to display US drones it shot down, top Iranian commander says

TEHRAN – Iran will put on public display two US Navy drones shot down by its elite Revolutionary Guards, a top Iranian commander said on Saturday. “The planes that were shot down are among the most modern US navy drones and have a long-range capability,” Ali Fadavi, commander of Guards’…

Conyers joins growing chorus calling for Bush torture probe

Following the revelation that President George W. Bush not only approved of but emphatically supported his administration’s torture program, a growing chorus of lawmakers and human rights groups has expressed outrage at the lack of investigations and prosecutions. Torture is illegal under US and international law, including the UN Convention…

Pressure rises on Obama to investigate Bush for torture

President Barack Obama is facing new demands that he investigate former President George W. Bush for ordering torture. The former president admitted in his new book Decision Points that he ordered waterboarding of terrorist detainees. Amnesty International, and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) have both called on the Obama administration to…

‘Damn right’ I personally ordered waterboarding: Bush

President George W. Bush admits for the first time in his new memoir that he personally approved the use of waterboarding, a technique in which an interrogator simulates drowning on a suspect. The method, which most describe as torture, has since been banned by the Justice Department. In his book,…

CIA doubles rate of drone bombings in Pakistan: report

The US military is secretly diverting aerial drones from Afghanistan to escalate a CIA-led campaign against militants in neighboring Pakistan, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. The military has lent Predator and Reaper drones to Central Intelligence Agency operatives to target and bomb militants on the Afghan border, the report…

Defense Secretary Gates tightens rules for media relations

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has tightened rules on media relations for the US military, only days after the top general in Afghanistan was sacked over disparaging comments he and aides made in an interview. In a three-page memo sent Friday to senior military and civilian Pentagon staff, Gates said he…

Bush on waterboarding: ‘I’d do it again’

Speaking to a crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday, former president George W. Bush told onlookers that his administration did in fact waterboard alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and suggested that his action saved American lives. “Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” Bush said, according to a local…

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