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From start, Bush team focused on war with Iraq: documents

Former president George W. Bush’s advisers focused on toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime as soon as he took office and discussed how to justify a war in Iraq shortly after invading Afghanistan in 2001, official documents showed Wednesday. A few hours after the September 11 attacks in 2001, then defense secretary…

US spy chief: no more ‘blabbing secrets’ to the media

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The chief of US intelligence has warned spy agencies against “blabbing secrets” to the media, saying employees should be “seen not heard.” In a blunt memo, James Clapper, the new director of national intelligence, scolded staff members about leaks that appeared in recent news reports, saying it…

WikiLeaks releases CIA analysis, no bombshell revelations

WikiLeaks on Wednesday released a CIA memo analyzing the risks of terrorists operating from the United States, but the document offered no dramatic revelations of government secrets like the website’s earlier leaks. The CIA paper — titled “What If Foreigners See the United States as an ‘Exporter of Terrorism’?” —…

Memo: Pension fund knew about high Bell salaries but didn’t stop them

Report: California’s state pension fund knew of city’s high salaries in 2006 but did nothing. Officials at California’s state pension fund found out about the high salaries paid to officials with the city of Bell but did nothing to stop them four years ago, according to an internal memo sent…

Pentagon says no ‘chilling effect’ from new media rules

The Pentagon on Tuesday defended stricter rules on media relations for the US military, saying the department needed to better manage its contacts with reporters. The new rules, laid out by Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a July 2 memo, drew criticism from the media rights group Reporters Without Borders…

CNN drops Associated Press

WASHINGTON — US television news network CNN said Monday it was dropping the US news agency the Associated Press as it expands its own newsgathering efforts. “We will no longer use AP materials or services,” Jim Walton, the president of CNN Worldwide, said in a memo to CNN staff obtained…

Number of attempted US domestic attacks soar: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The number of attempted attacks against the United States in the past nine months has “surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period,” according to a Department of Homeland Security memo, CNN said. The DHS assessment dated May 21, and reported on the CNN…

Multiple warning signs preceded BP blast: inquiry

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Multiple warnings signs preceded an explosion that tore through a BP-leased oil rig, killing 11 and precipitating a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, US lawmakers have said. Citing a preliminary BP inquiry into the disaster, Representatives Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak said there were…

Congressional Research Service memo: Rapists may get federally subsidized Viagra

Last week Republicans had to deal with an embarrassing issue that led to headlines about lesbian bondage and strip clubs. This week Democrats might be in store for headlines about rapists and child molesters. The Congressional Research Service concluded in a memo that the new health care law may provide…

GOP accused of circulating ‘hoax’ health care memo

UPDATE AT BOTTOM: GOP pushed ‘hoax’ memo on to reporters before it was verified: report Second update: Rep. Anthony Weiner rips GOP on House floor for ‘producing fake memos’ The Democratic leadership in Washington, DC, has accused Republicans of circulating a “hoax” Democrat memo promising to revisit the health care…

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