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Waterboarding sessions brought detainees ‘close to death’: report

Update at bottom: Former UK spy chief says US ‘misled’ allies on torture The waterboarding sessions that terrorist suspects were subjected to during the Bush administration were “administered with meticulous cruelty” and were in part designed so that detainees acted as “guinea pigs” for future interrogation sessions, says an exhaustive…

Republican senator denies he approved destruction of CIA torture videos

Roberts shut down attempts at greater oversight of enhanced interrogation, memo shows Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is disputing a CIA memo that says he approved the destruction of videotape showing the CIA waterboarding Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah. In documents released by the federal government Monday, CIA congressional liaison Stanley…

Sniping underway: White House, Dems, Coakley blast each other

WASHINGTON — Hours before Massachusetts residents cast their final ballots for an important senate election, a circular firing squad has emerged between Democrats, the White House and the Martha Coakley campaign, with aides from all groups blaming each other for the 11th hour perils of a once-certain campaign to retain…

Newly released Nixon papers reveal obsession with Kennedy, hatred of art

In newly released papers from his presidency, Richard Nixon directs a purge of Kennedy-era modern art — “these little uglies” — orders hostile journalists to be frozen out and fusses over White House guest lists to make sure political opponents don’t make it in. As his lieutenants built an ambitious…

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