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Government targeting instructors in lie detector courses

Federal authorities have launched investigations against instructors advertising training for people looking to beat lie detector tests, McClatchy Newspapers reported on Friday. “My wife and I are terrified,” one polygrapher, Chad Dixon, told McClatchy regarding his guilty plea to charges of obstructing an agency proceeding and wire fraud. “I stumbled…

NAACP heads to U.N. to address suppression of minority voters

NAACP leaders will challenge new voting laws in the United States at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council in Switzerland on Wednesday. “It was in 1947 that W.E.B. Dubois delivered his speech and appealed to the world at the U.N.,” NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous told McClatchy Newspapers. “Now, like…

White House rejects report Obama aloof on Iraq

WASHINGTON — The White House said Wednesday it was “utterly false” that President Barack Obama and his vice president had not spoken with Iraqi leaders for months before reaching a troop withdrawal decision. A report by McClatchy newspapers, citing US embassy logs, said earlier that Obama and Vice President Joe…

Black caucus chair: We’d ‘be marching on the White House’ if not for Obama

The Congressional Black Caucus is growing increasingly frustrated with a black unemployment rate of nearly 17% — almost twice the national average. Even the group’s chairman, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), believes they’d already be leading a march on Washington if not for a desire to avoid weakening President Obama. “If…

Grassley challenges DOJ, FBI on findings of anthrax probe

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers, Mike Wiser, FRONTLINE, and Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica WASHINGTON — A senior Republican senator has asked the Justice Department to explain why its civil lawyers filed court papers questioning prosecutors’ conclusions that an Army researcher mailed the anthrax-laced letters that killed five people in 2001. In a letter…

FBI can obtain phone records without oversight, Justice Dept memo claims

Without court oversight, the nation’s top law enforcement agency can obtain domestic records of telephone conversations made to international receivers, the Justice Department claimed recently. “[The Office of Legal Counsel] agreed with the FBI that under certain circumstances (word or words redacted) allows the FBI to ask for and obtain…

Republican congressman: I have ‘no hesitation whatsoever’ in probing Bush for torture

A newly elected Republican congressman said in a little-noticed interview Tuesday he’d have “no hesitation whatsoever” in beginning an investigation of the former President George W. Bush for torture. Appearing on MSNBC’s The Dylan Rattigan show, GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who also serves on the House Government Oversight Committee,…

Top BP official on oil rig takes the fifth; another says too sick to testify

After reports that a BP “company man” overruled workers for the oil rig company Transocean on a key safety procedure prior to an explosion which set the rig aflame and sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, a senior BP official that was on the rig when it exploded has told…

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