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McClatchy: US detained ‘the wrong guys’

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CNN’s Christiane Amanpour talked with McClatchy’s Tom Lasseter about a investigation that found the U.S. imprisoned the wrong people in an effort to detain al Qaeda terrorists. The first report in the series will be released on Sunday.

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AMANPOUR: The United States government says it’s the worst of the worst who are in detention. What did you find?

LASSETER: We found that in a myriad of cases the United States picked up the wrong guys. They picked up the wrong guys at times because they had given financial incentives to local warlords, essentially bounty hunters, to present people as militants. They got the wrong guys because often times there were tribal rivalries in Afghanistan, a country that’s had decades of invasion and war where a great many people have old scores to settle.

AMANPOUR: Just to get it straight, of the 66 odd people that you interviewed, how many would you say were the wrong guys?

LASSETER: Well, we found that about half of those 66 were low-level essentially Taliban grunts, if you will, or very young volunteers who is had come over from Pakistan who by virtue of who they were really wouldn’t have had much to offer in terms of high-grade intelligence on international terrorism.

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This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast June 13, 2008.



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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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‘A true public health emergency’: 70+ medical groups sound alarm on climate crisis

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Groups lay out action agenda to advance climate solutions and strengthen resiliency

Scores of medical groups on Monday called the climate crisis "a health emergency" and laid out what they framed as a blueprint for the public and private sector to take swift action.

The agenda is signed by over 70 groups, including the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the National Association of Social Workers.

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Citing CIA’s dark history, librarians protest agency’s recruiting at their conference

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"Everything they stand for is a violation of the values of librarianship, so we protested."

A group of librarians demanded the American Library Association abide by its values on Friday as they staged a protest of the CIA's presence and recruitment at the professional organization's annual conference.

At the convention, which is taking place June 20-25 in Washington, D.C., the CIA is among the hundreds of exhibitors.

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