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Rumsfeld: Obama hasn’t justified Syria attack

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday night that President Barack Obama had not done enough to justify an attack on Syria. “One thing that is very interesting, it seems to me, is that there really hasn’t been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is…

Appeals court rejects Padilla torture lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit against current and former government officials for their alleged roles in the detention and torture of Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen and convicted terrorist. Padilla previously sued former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and…

Padilla revives lawsuit against Rumsfeld for alleged torture

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Jose Padilla, the US citizen arrested in 2002 for an alleged “dirty bomb” plot, launched an action to try to revive a lawsuit over his alleged torture at an American naval base. Padilla, who is incarcerated at a high security jail in Colorado, previously sued in…

U.S. retooling strategy to aid Afghan exit

Ten years after hastily going to war in Afghanistan, the United States is eyeing an honorable exit from the conflict after being forced to change strategy as it confronts a Taliban insurgency. US forces entered Afghanistan in October 2001, just weeks after the attacks of September 11, in what was dubbed Operation…

Zakaria destroys Rumsfeld’s Iraq war talking points

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld isn’t letting go of his talking points that support the U.S. invasion of Iraq following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Exactly 10 years after those attacks, Rumsfeld suggested to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Sunday that Iraq had been “hospitable” to al Qaeda before the…

Exclusive: Mishandled VA rape cases deemed ‘shocking’ by lawyers in Pentagon suit

WASHINGTON – The firm investigating a case of 17 raped military veterans suing the Pentagon responded Monday after a report that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mishandled sexual assault cases. “This shocking report is consistent with the findings of our investigation,” Keith Rohman, president of Public Interest Investigations, the…

Iraqi defector ‘Curveball’ admits to WMD lies that led to war

An Iraqi defector, codenamed Curveball, who allegedly helped convince the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein had a secret stash of biological and chemical weapons, has admitted for the first time that he made it all up. Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi told The Guardian that he invented the stories to help…

Rumsfeld: Guantanamo one of world’s ‘finest’ prisons

WASHINGTON — The “war on terror” prison at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is “one of the finest prison systems in the world,” former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday. Rumsfeld, who is promoting his autobiography titled “Known and Unknown,”…

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