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Guantanamo detainees were tortured to death, say families

WASHINGTON — The families of two detainees who died in Guantanamo Bay in 2006 on Monday challenged the government’s assertion that the prisoners committed suicide, saying they were tortured to death. Relatives of Saudi national Yasser al-Zahrani and Yemeni Salah al-Salami demanded the federal appeals court reconsider their cases in…

Supreme Court lets DC gay marriage law stand

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a law authorizing gay marriage in Washington, DC rejecting a challenge from activists opposed to same-sex marriage. The top US court without comment turned down a petition from a group of residents seeking to put gay marriage to a city-wide…

Supreme Court strikes down challenge to Obama’s health overhaul

The Supreme Court has turned down the first preliminary challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The decision Monday to reject an appeal from a former Republican state lawmaker in California was no surprise because a federal appeals court has yet to consider the case. The high court almost…

Top Marine: Keep ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

The new commandant of the US Marine Corps said Saturday that now is the wrong time to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting gays from openly serving in the military, as US troops remain in the thick of war in Afghanistan. “There’s risk involved; I’m trying to determine…

Bush-dominated appeals court suppresses Gitmo evidence

A Guantanamo Bay detainee who says he was waterboarded lost a legal battle Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that the Obama administration can keep information secret that the prisoner wanted to make public. The decision came in the case of Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian citizen who is seeking…

Lawyer: Some CIA interrogation tactics not OK’d

One of the key Bush administration lawyers in the evolution of the CIA’s interrogation program cast doubt on whether the Justice Department approved some of the harsh steps the agency took to get terrorist suspects to talk. Former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee’s remarks were contained in a transcript sent…

FCC indecency rules on fleeting f-bombs struck down

NY federal appeals court finds FCC’s fleeting expletive policy unconstitutionally vague A US appeals court Tuesday struck down a policy aimed at preventing “indecency” in US broadcasting as a violation of free speech protections, slamming the regulations for their “chilling effect.” The court said the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy…

Court to US: Prove case against Gitmo prisoner, or release him

US government prosecutors must present evidence that an Algerian detainee held at Guantanamo Bay for over eight years truly belongs to Al-Qaeda or release him, a federal appeals court has ruled. The decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has broad implications for the credibility…

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