FROM R. Jeffrey Smith
Prisoner Abuse and National Security A lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union forced the Obama Administration to release a CIA Inspector General's report kept secret since 2004. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a special prosecutor to investigate CIA interrogators who used abusive techniques described in the document. President Obama established a new, Interagency Interrogation Group led by the FBI.
Prisoner Abuse and National Security A lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union forced the Obama Administration to release a CIA Inspector General’s report kept secret since 2004. Now we know that CIA interrogators used a gun and a power drill, faked an execution, choked one prisoner and threatened to kill another one’s children. Former Vice President Dick Cheney says they deserve America’s gratitude. Attorney General Eric Holder wants them investigated for possible crimes. President Obama established a new, Interagency Interrogation Group led by the FBI. Should policy-makers in the Bush White House be held accountable, too? Can the CIA still do its job? What’s the new role of the FBI? What does it take to protect America’s safety and obey the law?
Bush Administration Rushing Last-Minute Regulatory Changes Administration officials have just three weeks left to publish 90 new regulations the Bush White House wants set in concrete so the new Administration can't change them when it takes office next year. That's according to Jeffrey Smith in today's Washington Post .
Anxious CIA Officers Buy Insurance in Case They're Sued President Bush, who insists the US has never authorized torture to make suspects reveal what they know about the war on terror, is still negotiation with Congress over rules for military tribunals to such suspects. But last week he said that "an alternative set of procedures" has been effective, which has some CIA agents signing up for special insurance--in case their sued or charged with criminal wrong doing.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.