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Court: Bush's attorney general can be sued over post-9/11 dententions

Rebecca Boone Philadelphia Inquirer 09/05/2009
Court: Bush's attorney general can be sued over post-9/11 dententions

BOISE, Idaho - A federal appeals court delivered a stinging rebuke yesterday to the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 detention policies, ruling that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held liable for people who were wrongfully detained as material witnesses in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

U.S. unveils new rules on border searches of laptops

The Obama administration unveiled new rules on Thursday for searching computers and other electronic devices when people enter the United States, attempting to address concerns about violating privacy and constitutional rights.

Senate Bill Would Give US President Emergency Control of Internet

A Senate bill would offer President Obama emergency control of the Internet and may give him a "kill switch" to shut down online traffic by seizing private networks -- a move cybersecurity experts worry will choke off industry and civil liberties.

CIA Will Cover Legal Fees; Policy Will Help Officers Ensnared in Interrogation Probe

CIA Director Leon Panetta decided Thursday that the agency will ensure legal representation for case officers who become caught up in investigations of alleged interrogation abuses of detainees at overseas locations, a senior intelligence official said.

Iranian Prosecutors Seek to Shut 2 Reform Parties

MICHAEL SLACKMAN The New York Times 08/26/2009
Young Afghan freed from Guantanamo to sue US government

KABUL — The family of one of the youngest prisoners ever held at Guantanamo plans to sue the U.S. government to compensate him for mistreatment and an adolescence lost to nearly seven years in a cell, his lawyers said Thursday.

Iranian Prosecutors Seek to Shut 2 Reform Parties

CAIRO — Iran’s prosecutors moved Tuesday to shut down the nation’s two largest reform parties during a mass trial of former officials, journalists and academics all arrested and charged with conspiring to orchestrate a so-called velvet revolution in Iran.

Prosecutor Named to Probe CIA Prisoner Abuses

The New York Times 08/25/2009
Prosecutor Named to Probe CIA Prisoner Abuses

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday named a special prosecutor to probe CIA prisoner abuse cases, a move that could distract President Barack Obama from his drive to reform the healthcare system.

Youngest Guantanamo prisoner back in Afghanistan

KABUL — One of the youngest people ever held at Guantanamo was welcomed home Monday by Afghanistan's president and joyful relatives after almost seven years in prison — freed by a military judge who ruled he was coerced into confessing to wounding U.S. soldiers with a grenade.

Scottish justice minister defends his decision to free Lockerbie bomber

Edinburgh, Scotland - Scotland's justice minister Monday defended his much-criticized decision to free the only man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing.

Malaysian model, mother to be caned for drinking beer in public

A Malaysian model, who is set to become the first woman in the Southeast Asian country to be caned for drinking alcohol in public, wants her punishment carried out in public.


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