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Gibbs won’t discuss waterboarding policy on camera

If only “don’t ask, don’t tell,” applied to enhanced interrogations policy, officials might be thinking. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs wouldn’t say what, if anything, the White House was doing to prevent the torture of a Taliban leader reportedly captured in Pakistan. Nor would he even discuss if there…

Taliban deny US report chief captured in Pakistan

Updates at bottom: Pakistan official blasts reports as ‘propaganda’; ‘Capture’ comes two days after WaPo reported Obama admin. caught no ‘high value detainees’ An Afghan Taliban spokesman has denied a U.S. report that its military commander was arrested by U.S. and Pakistani forces in a secret operation. In a front…

NATO assault force to Afghan villagers: ‘Keep heads down’

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan villagers should stay inside and “keep their heads down” when thousands of U.S. Marines launch a massive assault on a densely-populated district in coming days, NATO’s civilian representative to Afghanistan said Tuesday. U.S.-led NATO forces are planning one of the 8-year-old war’s biggest offensives to seize…

China shuts down hacker training operation

BEIJING (AFP) – Police in central China have shut down a hacker training company that taught thousands of people how to launch cyberattacks and provided them with spy software, media reports said Monday. The reports come amid growing accusations of organised computer hacking originating from China that has chilled ties…

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…

US forces had ‘boots on the ground’ in Pakistan: report

That US forces regularly use unmanned drones to attack terrorist targets in Pakistan is nothing new, but a report at the Guardian suggests that US special forces repeatedly put “boots on the ground” inside the country as part of the war against insurgents. Citing a “former NATO officer” with “detailed…

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