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ACLU suit forces release of long-secret Bagram prisoner list

A closely-held secret of US forces in Afghanistan is secret no more. A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union has forced the US government to release a list of 645 prisoners held in the Bagram prison as of Sept. 2009. “Releasing the names of those held at Bagram…

Hailing Google, US lawmakers seek Internet law

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers on Thursday sought to prevent Internet companies from censoring information overseas, hailing Google’s threat to pull out of China as a turning point but saying it needed official support. Members of Congress said they had new momentum to enact a bill that would prohibit US firms…

Obama staffer wants ‘cognitive infiltration’ of 9/11 conspiracy groups

In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11. Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which…

Former CIA agent: Bush made intelligence problems worse

A former CIA field officer says the Bush administration’s reforms of the intelligence community have made it more difficult to prevent terrorist operations. Speaking to MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, Jack Rice, now an on-air personality at Air America radio, said the creation of the National Counterterrorism Center and the office of…

Geithner’s Fed tried to keep sweet deal for banks a secret: Issa

The controversy surrounding Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s role in the 2008 Wall Street bailouts was ramped up Thursday with the revelation of emails that show the New York Federal Reserve — then run by Geithner — pressured insurance giant AIG to withhold information about payments the company made to its…

Obama ends Bush secrecy policy, launches ‘declassification center’

WH releases all visitor logs for first time ever In an executive order issued Tuesday, President Barack Obama ended a Bush-era policy that allowed the head of the US’s intelligence agencies to have the final word on the declassification of documents. The order also establishes a National Declassification Center whose…

Follow Santa Claus, courtesy Google and NORAD

Santa Claus is coming to your town — and NORAD is tracking him as he drops off presents around the world. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, which monitors the North American airspace, on Thursday set up an official “Santa Tracker” on its website (www.noradsanta.org) in seven languages to find…

NYPD ordered to release race info on shooting victims

The New York Police Department will have to release info on the race of people that officers have shot, following a state Supreme Court ruling that sided with civil-rights activists working to find out definitively if there is a racial element to police violence against civilians in the US’s largest…

Cheney ‘cannot recall’ almost anything about Plame outing

When President Ronald Reagan was asked about Iran-Contra, he replied that he did not remember whether he had authorized two illegal arms sales to Iran in 1985. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated “I don’t recall” or similar phrases 64 times in one memorable day of testimony before the Senate…

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