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.
'Do-or-die' time on healthcare bill President Trump has demanded a House vote today on replacing Obamacare…whatever the details might be. Despite his campaign promise that nobody would lose health insurance, that's possible for 24 million people if he were finally to sign this bill into law.
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.