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Law professor: Assassinating US citizens raises ‘troubling’ issues

The admission by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair that the United States intelligence community is authorized to assassinate Americans working with terrorists overseas has raised serious questions of constitutionality. “It’s troubling, Keith, because it’s not on the books,” constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Thursday.…

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…

Claims: UK interrogators ‘routinely’ used sexual abuse against Iraqi prisoners

A secretive British commando unit is facing a slate of new allegations that they “routinely” used sexual abuse against Iraqi prisoners, according to published reports. Five individual prisoners singled out one female guard in particular, known to them as “Katy,” according to British publication The Times. The paper said that…

White House aims to calm bickering intel leaders: report

WASHINGTON — The White House has published an internal memo to calm tension between CIA director Leon Panetta and Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, who is seeking increased control over covert operations, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The classified order asserts the Central Intelligence Agency’s direct authority over…

CIA ran at least two secret prisons in Lithuania, inquiry confirms

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) ran at least two secret detention facilities in the Baltic nation of Lithuania, a parliamentary inquiry has found. The sites were set up by Lithuanian intelligence services for the CIA, according to the report published on Tuesday. But the head of the inquiry said…

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