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Israel mulling a spring or summer war: Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran’s arch-foe Israel was mulling starting a war “next spring or summer” but has yet to make a final decision. Without specifying whom would be targeted, Ahmadinejad said: “According to information we have they (Israel) are seeking to start a war…

Dangerous caregivers missing from federal database

by Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica More than two decades ago, Congress set out to stop dangerous or incompetent caregivers from crossing state lines and landing in trouble again. It ordered up a national database allowing hospitals to check for disciplinary actions taken anywhere in the country against nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and…

Obama attorneys argue for warrantless cell phone tracking

This is not change that privacy advocates can believe in. A US appeals court began weighing Friday whether police should be allowed to track citizens through their cellphones without first obtaining a warrant. The case “could prove to be one of the most important privacy rights battles of the modern…

British court acknowledges CIA tortured terror suspect if held under British law

Update at bottom: US: British disclosure may affect intelligence sharing A former Guantanamo Bay inmate was effectively tortured by US authorities while in CIA custody in Pakistan, according to intelligence notes released Wednesday by a British court. The court forced the UK government to release 2002 US intelligence notes conveyed…

Fact check: Palin’s claims in Tea Party speech debunked

WASHINGTON — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lauded the virtues of the Constitution in her Tea Party Convention speech Saturday, but some of her claims appear markedly flawed. Reports over the weekend also challenged her account of recent history on national security and terrorism. In her speech, Palin made numerous…

Google, NSA ‘alliance’ has privacy advocate alarmed

In the wake of Chinese-based cyber attacks against Google’s corporate infrastructure, search giant Google turned to the U.S. National Security Agency to help it combat security threats, according to a published report. It’s a move that has privacy advocates itching for more information on the cooperation between the world’s largest…

Gibbs demands apology over Bond’s claim White House ‘helpful’ to terrorists

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is demanding an apology from Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) over Bond’s claim that a recent White House briefing on the Christmas bomb plot was “helpful” to terrorists. “I think he owes an apology to the professionals in the law enforcement community and those that…

Terror adviser: All Gitmo detainees who returned to terror released by Bush

In a letter to congressional leaders released Monday, the counterterror chief for President Barack Obama says that a review has found that no detainees released on Obama’s watch have returned to terror — but that in cases where they may have, the Bush Administration was responsible. (Read the letter in…

Revealed: Retired CIA agent ‘made up’ waterboarding details

As it turns out, retired CIA agent John Kiriakou has an active imagination, basically. According to a piece by veteran intelligence reporter Jeff Stein, Kiriakou “basically made up” details about the waterboarding of al Qaeda agent Abu Zubaydah. Arguing that waterboarding — or simulated drowning — is actually effective in…

Google launches Haiti missing persons widget

Are you or a loved one trying to locate someone in quake-struck Haiti? Google has an app for that. Using technologies written after Hurricane Katrina, Google has created a Web application that allows users to search and add to a vast missing persons database. The code may also be embedded…

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