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Treatment of accused WikiLeaks source ‘cruel and unusual’: ACLU

In a letter sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the Department of Defense’s treatment of 23-year-old Pfc. Bradley Manning was a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. Manning faces numerous charges for stealing classified files and is suspected as the source of…

DeLay judge abruptly steps aside after suggesting plea bargains

A Texas judge who’s spent years overseeing the high-profile trial of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) has recused himself from the trials of two DeLay co-defendants, abruptly stepping aside after he reportedly suggested plea bargains to attorneys for the defense. District Judge Pat Priest made the suggestion while…

Rep. Kucinich unable to visit accused WikiLeaks source

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has been unable to visit with Private Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of leaking State Department cables to WikiLeaks, despite being a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “I put in a request to the secretary of defense, who referred me…

House votes to provide legal defense of DOMA

In a 3-2 vote, the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) voted Wednesday to direct the House General Counsel to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. BLAG is a five member panel consisting of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House…

Pentagon accounting problems ‘serious’: Treasury

WASHINGTON — The US administration is taking a hard look at problems in the Defense Department’s accounting, after a report called its books unauditable, the Treasury said Wednesday. Treasury assistant secretary Richard Gregg told a Congressional panel there were “serious financial reporting issues” at the Pentagon, which in the current…

Congressman Ron Paul says he supports the Defense of Marriage Act

Speaking to a group of religious conservatives in Iowa, Republican Congressman Ron Paul (TX) said he supports the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because the controversial legislation protects states’ rights. In February, President Barack Obama decided that a key section of the DOMA a Clinton-era law that restricts the benefits…

Gates apologizes to Karzai for children’s deaths

by Dan De Luce Dan De Luce – 1 hr 16 mins ago KABUL (AFP) – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered a personal apology to President Hamid Karzai Monday for the deaths of nine Afghan children in a NATO air strike which drew fury in Kabul. “This breaks our…

Manning ‘stripped naked’ for second night, attorney says

For the second night in a row Thursday, a US soldier accused of leaking secrets cables to WikiLeaks was stripped naked for up to seven hours, according to his lawyer. “PFC Manning was forced to strip naked in his cell again last night,” Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, wrote on his…

House and Obama budgets do not reflect public’s priorities: study

Neither the budget plan of the House of Representatives or the Obama administration reflect the priorities of the majority of Americans, according to a study by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation. The study [PDF] found that the public supports deep cuts to the defense budget, but is…

US says Libya at crossroads of democracy, civil war

WASHINGTON – Warning that Libya is at the crossroads of democracy and civil war, the United States vowed Tuesday to press Moamer Kadhafi to step down by squeezing him economically and militarily. Washington and its allies sharpened their focus on possible military action, including a no-fly zone that a US…

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