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2008-07-24 21:00:27

By MICHAEL GRAHAM During my days as a stand-up comic, I faced some pretty tough crowds. In Nashville, I was escorted off stage by security to keep a bachelor party from beating me to a pulp. In Michigan, a large, leather-clad patron with a knife followed me into the men's room to suggest I rework some of my "biker" material. But at least I never had to work in Weymouth, where one bad joke cost the police chief his gun and badge and, maybe, his job. Chief James Thomas has been a cop for...

2008-07-17 18:00:11

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft told a congressional committee Thursday that he does not believe waterboarding is torture. Ashcroft testified before the House Judiciary Committee, CNN reported. The committee is holding hearings on whether the Bush administration permitted torture to be used on suspected terrorists. I believe a report of waterboarding would be serious, but I do not believe it would define torture, Ashcroft said. Ashcroft said that as far as he knows U.S....

2008-07-12 18:00:18

WASHINGTON _ Ken Robinson, a former Army Special Forces intelligence officer turned Hollywood producer, was working on a short-lived Pentagon drama for CBS aptly titled "E-Ring" when two of the show's writers stopped by his office to discuss the details of torture and other harsh interrogation methods. The writers, Matthew Federman and Steve Scaia, seemed intent on accurately portraying torture on an episode of the television show in which a Special Forces operator was captured by Lebanese...

2008-07-12 09:00:32

By Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune Jul. 12--WASHINGTON -- Ken Robinson, an Army Special Forces intelligence officer turned Hollywood producer, was working on a short-lived Pentagon drama aptly titled "E-Ring" for a network when two of the show's writers stopped by his office to discuss the details of torture and other harsh interrogation methods. The writers, Matthew Federman and Steve Scaia, seemed intent on accurately portraying torture on an episode of the television show in which a...

2008-07-01 06:00:02

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald Jul. 1--The Pentagon filed death-penalty charges against a Saudi man at Guantanamo on Monday, alleging he engineered the October 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole off Aden, Yemen. Seventeen U.S. sailors were killed and 47 other people were wounded in the al Qaeda attack that crippled the $1 billion destroyer four years after it was commissioned at Port Everglades. The 11-page charge sheet sworn out by a Marine major accused Abd al Rahim al...

2008-06-30 21:00:02

The U.S. government says it has officially charged a man from Saudi Arabia in the attack on the Navy destroyer USS Cole about eight years ago. Seventeen sailors were killed and 47 others wounded when the ship was bombed in Yemen. The vessel was seriously damaged, as well. The government is seeking the death penalty against Abdel al Rahim al-Nashiri, who was charged with the deaths after being held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba since 2006. Conducting...

2008-06-18 15:00:12

During its 1600 gmt newscast, Doha Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel in Arabic was observed to report on new allegations of torture in US military prisons and accusations to the Pentagon of knowingly pursuing illegal interrogation tactics. At 1640 gmt, the channel reports: "US Senator Carl Levin has said that senior Pentagon officials sought to obtain information from military trainers on torture techniques that could be used in interrogating prisoners captured in the war on so-called terror. In...

2008-06-18 09:00:00

A human rights group accused the U.S. government of committing war crimes in a report alleging torture on several terrorist suspects in U.S. custody. Physicians for Human Rights announced its findings Wednesday after evaluating 11 detainees -- held but never charged -- at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan, CNN reported. We found clear physical and psychological evidence of torture and abuse often causing lasting suffering, said Dr. Allen Keller, a...

2006-08-09 01:05:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel would not face prosecution for humiliating or degrading wartime prisoners under amendments to a war crimes law drafted by the Bush administration, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. The amendments are part of the administration's three-pronged response to a June 29 Supreme Court ruling that struck down as illegal and a violation of the Geneva Conventions the military tribunal system set up...

2006-08-02 17:43:52

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Wednesday said it would be willing to use much of the military justice code to try foreign terrorism suspects, but Democrats said its plan still fell short of meeting the U.S. Supreme Court's demands for fair trials. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the administration was still drafting its plan, but that it would propose trying enemy combatants based on military court martial procedures -- although with a number...


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