Tag: United States Senate

‘No parliament support’: Lithuania drops CIA prison inquiry

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The Lithuanian legislature decided against a new inquiry into a secret US torture facility in the country, despite a damning US Senate report released three months ago which indicated its existence. “No new inquest will be considered, because there is

No Backlash Against Torture

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Just before the U.S. Senate released its report at the end of 2014 on the CIA’s use of “harsh interrogation” tactics against prisoners, the question was whether or not the report would provoke a public backlash against torture. The answer

CIA Torture Report ‘Days’ Away, Feinstein Says

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It’s one of the central dramas playing out on Capitol Hill: When will Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats release the executive summary of their report on CIA torture? The chairwoman of the committee has been mobbed daily by reporters about the

N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Could Go On, Even if a Law Expires

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WASHINGTON — A little-known provision of the Patriot Act, overlooked by lawmakers and administration officials alike, appears to give President Obama a possible way to keep the National Security Agency’s bulk phone records program going indefinitely — even if Congress

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Obama To Release CIA Torture Report

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Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners penned an open letter to President Barack Obama urging his administration to release the a U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s use of torture. In the letter, released Sunday night on TheCommunity.com, the laureates asked

Google’s Eric Schmidt on NSA spying: ‘We’re going to break the Internet.’

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Google chairman Eric Schmidt lobbed harsh criticism at NSA surveillance on American citizens. “Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it,” Schmidt said during a hearing in Palo Alto, Calif. hosted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman

Everyone agrees that NSA reform legislation is needed. So why hasn’t it happened?

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Last year, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world with news of the extent of the National Security Agency‘s surveillance programs. You might have thought that Congress would react by passing legislation to address the issue. But with Congress now on break

NSA Reform Will Likely Have to Wait Until After the Election

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A bill that would curtail the government’s broad surveillance authority is unlikely to earn a vote in Congress before the November midterms, and it might not even get a vote during the postelection lame-duck session. The inaction amounts to another

CIA ‘tortured al-Qaeda suspects close to the point of death by drowning them in water-filled baths’

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The CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close “to the point of death” by drowning them in water-filled baths during interrogation sessions in the years that followed the September 11 attacks, a security source has told The Telegraph. The description of

Senator Denounces Redactions of Report on C.I.A. Detention Program

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WASHINGTON — The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday that heavy censorship by the Obama administration of her committee’s voluminous report on the C.I.A.’s detention program eliminates or obscures “key facts” buttressing the document’s conclusions, and pledged

CIA admits to spying on Senate staffers

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The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of furious and public denials.

White House and Senate close to agreement on curbing NSA spying

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Even with the start of a month-long congressional recess only two weeks away, lawmakers in the United States Senate may soon vote on a long-awaited surveillance reform bill before heading home for the rest of summer. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy

Four ways Edward Snowden changed the world – and why the fight’s not over

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Thursday marks one year since the Guardian published the first in a series of eye-opening stories about surveillance based on documents provided by Edward Snowden. The events in the 52 weeks since have proven him to be the most significant

SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY

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Future American historians will marvel at how long the CIA engaged in such utter unconstitutional lawlessness as the torture of its captives and drone-plane executions of alleged terrorists – including U.S. citizens – without trials, using “kill lists” provided by

CIA’s ‘harsh interrogations’ exceeded legal authority

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(Reuters) – A classified U.S. Senate report found that the CIA's legal justification for the use of harsh interrogation techniques that critics say amount to torture was based on faulty legal reasoning, McClatchy news service reported on Thursday. The Central

CIA Torture Report: Now Suppressed for 1 Year

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It cost $40 million to produce, documents serious wrongdoing, and doesn't threaten national security. Team Obama won't release it. One year ago today, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt a 6,000-page report on the CIA rendition, detention, and interrogation

Senators Push to Preserve N.S.A. Phone Surveillance

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee appears to be moving toward swift passage of a bill that would “change but preserve” the once-secret National Security Agency program that is keeping logs of every American’s phone calls, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the

Senators strongly criticise intelligence chiefs over NSA data collection

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Ron Wyden tells US senate of 'violations of court orders' while Mark Udall calls for major reforms of surveillance programmes. On the eve of a major US Senate hearing on the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance, two senators called for

Senate panel delays CIA nominee Brennan’s confirmation vote

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(Reuters) – The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday postponed until next week a vote on the confirmation of White House aide John Brennan to be CIA director, dashing hopes of Democratic leaders who had hoped to hold a vote on