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Rumsfeld contradicts himself, says torture ‘critically important’ to bin Laden’s death

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The Obama administration has insisted that torture techniques were not used to obtain information that led U.S. Navy SEALs to the location of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, but that’s not stopped Bush-era officials from launching a full-throated defense of their actions.

One caveat: the president’s CIA director has said that individuals who helped inform the government about bin Laden were subjected to waterboarding — but he did not say that specific intelligence gave bin Laden up.

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Taking that caveat to its logical extremes on last night’s Hannity, the Fox News opinion host invited former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to advocate for the severe physical abuse of prisoners.

The interview seemed to contradict — at least in theme — what he told conservative news website Newsmax: that it was “normal interrogation approaches” which revealed bin Laden, not torture.

This video is from Fox News, broadcast Tuesday, May 3, 2011, as snipped by liberal blog Think Progress.


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Trump boasts he’s about to declare Antifa a ‘Terrorist Organization’

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Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to announce that he will be "designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

The brief tweet followed several others blaming violence at George Floyd protests on the loosely organized group of anarchists.

The president wrote, "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

You can see the tweets below:

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020

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Make cops pay for their crimes and end ‘qualified immunity’: conservative columnist

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Writing for the conservative Bulwark, the vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute explained that the time has come for police officers who have been accused of crimes be treated like any other Americans and not be handed the shield of "qualified immunity" that protects them from paying the price for breaking the law.

As Cato's Clark Neily wrote, in light of the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers -- now all fired -- it is time for a reappraisal of legal protections provided to law enforcement personnel.

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Big hints lie in the official complaint against Derek Chauvin — and surprising details are left out: ex-prosecutor

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In a column for CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig reviewed the criminal complaint filed against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and said it gives clues as to the direction prosecutors are likely to follow to convict the alleged killer of Georg Floyd -- but it also leaves out  key elements of the case that should be brought before a jury.

As Honig wrote, the case against Chauvin is strong but may not go far enough.

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