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Finding bin Laden -- more Agatha Christie than '24'updated: Fri May 11 2012 12:02:00

In a new book, a "60 Minutes" interview and other recent public statements, Jose Rodriguez, a three-decade veteran of the CIA who rose to become head of the National Clandestine Service, has stoutly defended the CIA's use of coercive interrogation techniques on al Qaeda detainees.

Libyan militias 'out of control,' Amnesty International saysupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 06:14:00

Armed militias in Libya are committing human rights abuses with impunity, threatening to destabilize the country and hindering its efforts to rebuild, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Is Arab Spring in danger of wilting?updated: Thu Feb 16 2012 06:14:00

Muslim activist Dalia Ziada joins CNN's Brooke Baldwin to discuss the future of the fight for freedom in the Arab world.

UK police to investigate Libya rendition claimsupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 05:34:00

Police are to investigate claims that the British secret services were involved in the rendition of two men to Libya and their alleged ill treatment there, London's Metropolitan Police said Thursday.

Lawsuit seeks disclosure of Guantanamo interrogation videosupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 09:45:00

A legal group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on Monday asking that videotapes showing the interrogation of a terror detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, be made public.

Waterboarding isn't torture? Try itupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 09:32:00

Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann said at Saturday's foreign policy debate that they would renew the use of waterboarding, the controversial practice banned by President Barack Obama. "I don't see it as torture. I see it as an enhanced interrogation technique," Cain said. His comments were met with loud cheers of support from the debate audience. Bachmann, meanwhile, called the practice "very effective" and said Obama "is allowing the ACLU to run the CIA." After the debate, Romney aides told CNN that he does not believe waterboarding is torture.

McCain 'disappointed' in torture talkupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 09:32:00

Sen. John McCain says he's disappointed in comments from GOP presidential candidates about waterboarding and torture.

U.N.: Torture in Afghan prisonsupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 10:57:00

Authorities in some Afghan prisons are torturing detainees into confessions, using methods that meet the international definition of torture, according to a new U.N. report.

Did waterboarding help catch bin Laden?updated: Thu May 05 2011 09:13:00

CNN's Gloria Borger discusses the role enhanced interrogation techniques played in the capture and killing of bin Laden.

Debate rages about role of tortureupdated: Thu May 05 2011 09:13:00

Osama bin Laden is dead, but the debate about torture lives on.

Harsh interrogation debate returns with bin Laden takedownupdated: Wed May 04 2011 22:12:00

Within hours of President Barack Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, politics entered the fray.

In memoir, Bush defends waterboarding, admits mistakesupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 10:34:00

After staying largely mum on the political scene since leaving office almost two years ago, former President George W. Bush will reveal his thoughts on the most historic -- and controversial -- parts of his presidency with the release of his memoir Tuesday.

Bush defends waterboardingupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 10:34:00

Former President George W. Bush talks with NBC's Matt Lauer about the highs and lows of his terms.

Bush on waterboarding: 'Damn right'updated: Sat Nov 06 2010 08:53:00

Former President George W. Bush has stayed out of politics since he left the White House and, except for his own career, he largely keeps the subject at arm's length in his new memoir, "Decision Points."

Did Bush consider dumping Cheney?updated: Sat Nov 06 2010 08:53:00

A former President Bush adviser comments on reports that Bush considered replacing Dick Cheney in 2004.

U.K. to investigate detainee torture claims, PM announcesupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 15:06:00

The British government will investigate allegations that members of its intelligence services were aware that detainees were being tortured, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Tuesday.

Ann Coulter on Rove's new bookupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 19:51:00

HLN's Joy Behar talks with Ann Coulter and Hilary Rosen about Karl Rove's controversial new book.

Rove: Bush didn't 'lie us into war'updated: Mon Mar 08 2010 19:51:00

Karl Rove, often described as President George W. Bush's brain, defended the former president in a new book against claims that he lied to the American public in order to invade Iraq in 2003.

Report clears Bush officials of misconduct over 'torture' memosupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 19:49:00

Bush administration lawyers who wrote "torture" memos have been cleared of allegations of professional misconduct after a Justice Department internal investigation, which recommends no legal consequences for their actions.

Lithuania denies report it hosted secret CIA prisonsupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 13:00:00

Lithuania's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected a report from lawmakers saying the country had hosted secret CIA prisons as part of the "war on terror."

Lithuania hosted CIA sitesupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 13:00:00

A report by Lithuanian lawmakers says the CIA operated two "black sites" on its soil. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Obama official disputes Cheney's interrogation claimsupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 13:49:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney had his facts wrong when he blasted Attorney General Eric Holder last week for launching an investigation into past CIA interrogation techniques, an administration official asserted Monday.

Commentary: Cheney wrong on interrogationsupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 11:21:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview Friday that just-released CIA documents demonstrate the effectiveness of coercive interrogation techniques.

Analysis: Dick Cheney's claims reopen 'waterboarding' debateupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 11:19:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday said his claim that enhanced interrogation techniques -- including waterboarding -- produced critical post-9/11 information was supported by a pair of intelligence reports released last week.

Dem: 'No one is above the law'updated: Sun Aug 30 2009 21:24:00

Watch as Sens. Orrin Hatch, a Republican, and Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, spar over a new investigation of the CIA.

Cheney: Justice review of interrogation methods is politicalupdated: Sun Aug 30 2009 21:24:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Justice Department's decision to review waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques is politically motivated.

Cheney says documents show interrogations prevented attacksupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 11:55:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says documents released Monday support his view that harsh interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects prevented attacks and yielded crucial information about al Qaeda.

CIA interrogation questionsupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 23:18:00

A CIA report on its Bush-era interrogation program is expected to be released Monday. CNN's Elaine Quijano reports.

Top prosecutor orders probe into interrogations; Obama shifts onusupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 23:18:00

Attorney General Eric Holder has asked federal prosecutor John Durham to examine whether CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists were illegal, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Detainee photos disputeupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 15:18:00

President Obama wants government lawyers to object to a court-ordered release of detainee photos.

Questions of torture, abuse rooted in Bush-era decisionsupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 15:18:00

The debate over controversial CIA interrogation practices -- tactics that some say constitute torture -- is rooted in the early years of the fight against terrorism and the Iraq war.

Former U.S. commander in Iraq calls for truth commissionupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 22:49:00

The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq who retired over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal is calling for a truth commission to investigate Bush-era policies behind the abuse and controversial interrogations of detainees.

Obama on Cheney speechupdated: Fri May 29 2009 19:10:00

C-SPAN's Steve Scully interviews Pres. Obama about former Pres. Bush and former V.P. Cheney's recent speech.

Levin: Memos don't show what Cheney says they doupdated: Fri May 29 2009 19:10:00

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says former Vice President Dick Cheney's claims -- that classified CIA memos show enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding worked -- are wrong.

Torture prompts soul-searching among some Christiansupdated: Fri May 22 2009 19:43:00

The men first ordered Ken Cordier to strip naked.

Obama defends plan to close Gitmoupdated: Thu May 21 2009 23:20:00

President Obama on Thursday defended his decision to shutter the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the prison has made the United States less safe and set back the country's "moral authority."

Cheney: Stakes haven't changedupdated: Thu May 21 2009 20:39:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney weighs in on national security.

Cheney slams Obama in speechupdated: Thu May 21 2009 20:39:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday said the Bush administration's "enhanced" interrogations of al Qaeda prisoners, saved "thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands" of lives.

GOP congressman asks for probe of Pelosi-CIA chargeupdated: Wed May 20 2009 14:54:00

A Republican congressman Wednesday asked the head of the FBI to investigate allegations that the CIA lied to Congress about the Bush administration's use of "alternative" interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists.

Pelosi under fireupdated: Wed May 20 2009 14:54:00

Rep. Nancy Pelosi tries to fend off GOP outrage at her CIA allegations and moves to shore up Democratic support.

Commentary: Photos key to exposing prisoner abuseupdated: Wed May 20 2009 14:44:00

Last week President Obama announced that he would suppress prisoner abuse photographs that he earlier said he would release. Given the president's stated commitment to government transparency, this reversal was both surprising and profoundly disappointing.

Democrats back Pelosi amid waterboarding controversyupdated: Tue May 19 2009 10:34:00

As congressional Republicans continued Monday to stoke the flames over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusation that the CIA lied to her about waterboarding, House Democrats appeared to be standing behind their leader.

GOP hammers House Speakerupdated: Mon May 18 2009 21:54:00

Rep. Peter Hoekstra adds to the criticism of Nancy Pelosi and whether she knew waterboarding was being used.

Top Republicans want apology or proof from Pelosiupdated: Mon May 18 2009 21:54:00

Top Republicans are demanding an apology from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or proof to back her claim that the CIA misled Congress about the use of harsh interrogation tactics.

Groups seek disbarment for Bush's top lawyersupdated: Mon May 18 2009 12:09:00

A coalition of progressive groups sought Monday to have 12 Bush administration lawyers disbarred for their roles in crafting the legal rationale for so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that many view as torture.

GOP leader: Pelosi should show proof or apologizeupdated: Sun May 17 2009 12:44:00

A key Republican leader demanded Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi produce evidence to back up her assertion that she was misled by the CIA on the use of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."

Gingrich: 'Absolute obligation' to investigate Pelosiupdated: Fri May 15 2009 18:37:00

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is engaging in a "despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort" to withhold what she knew about the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques, former Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday.

Pelosi accuses CIA of liesupdated: Fri May 15 2009 18:37:00

Anderson Cooper talks with a panel about Rep. Nancy Pelosi accusing the CIA of misleading Congress on waterboarding.

Powell aide says torture helped build Iraq war caseupdated: Fri May 15 2009 01:00:00

Finding a "smoking gun" linking Iraq and al Qaeda became the main purpose of the abusive interrogation program the Bush administration authorized in 2002, a former State Department official told CNN on Thursday.

Hoyer looks to change torture talk back to 'what was done'updated: Thu May 14 2009 22:02:00

The No. 2 Democrat in the House on Thursday dismissed talk of what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew or didn't know about the CIA's interrogation techniques.

Pelosi denies torture briefingupdated: Thu May 14 2009 22:02:00

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defends her record, saying the CIA lied to Congress about waterboarding.

'Enhanced interrogations' don't work, ex-FBI agent tells panelupdated: Thu May 14 2009 10:15:00

The contentious debate over so-called enhanced interrogation techniques took center stage Wednesday on Capitol Hill as a former FBI agent involved in the questioning of terror suspects testified that such tactics -- including waterboarding -- are ineffective.

Is prosecution in order?updated: Thu May 14 2009 10:15:00

Analysts testify before the Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee about interrogation memos.

Obama reverses course on alleged prison abuse photosupdated: Wed May 13 2009 21:20:00

President Obama said Wednesday he told government lawyers to object to a court-ordered release of additional images showing alleged abuse of detainees because the release could affect the safety of U.S. troops and "inflame anti-American opinion."

Poll finds lack of support for 'torture' investigationsupdated: Wed May 06 2009 15:16:00

A national poll indicates that most Americans don't want to see an investigation of Bush administration officials who authorized harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists, even though most people think such procedures were forms of torture.

Commentary: Torture must be investigatedupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 13:43:00

Popular clichés notwithstanding, not all is fair in war. The idea that war is subject to legal rules is an ancient one.

Leahy wants to probe 'chain of command' on tortureupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 07:18:00

An independent commission is needed to determine who authorized the use of abusive interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists, a leading advocate of such a panel said Sunday.

Paper: Rice OK'd waterboardingupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 07:18:00

A Senate report says former Secretay of State Condoleezza Rice was deeply involved in allowing waterboarding.

Senate report: Rice, Cheney OK'd CIA use of waterboardingupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 16:44:00

Top Bush administration officials gave the CIA approval to use waterboarding, a controversial interrogation technique, as early as 2002, a Senate intelligence report shows.

Abu Ghraib head finds vindication in newly released memosupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 20:06:00

She said she was a scapegoat. She said she was just following orders. She said she was demoted unfairly.

'No one is above the law,' Holder says of torture inquiryupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 18:47:00

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that he would "follow the law" as he weighed potential prosecutions of Bush administration officials who authorized controversial harsh interrogation techniques.

Report: Bush-era officials authorized detainee abuseupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 23:22:00

Senior Bush administration officials authorized aggressive interrogation techniques -- including forced nudity and waterboarding -- on suspected terrorists, despite concerns from military psychologists and attorneys, according to a Senate report released Tuesday.

Bush-era interrogation may have worked, Obama official saysupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 23:21:00

The Bush-era interrogation techniques that many view as torture may have yielded important information about terrorists, President Obama's national intelligence director said in an internal memo.

In CIA visit, Obama defends interrogation memo releaseupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 21:21:00

President Obama, visiting CIA headquarters Monday, defended his decision to release Bush-era memos on interrogation tactics, saying the country will ultimately be stronger as a result.

Obama defends CIA memo releaseupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 21:21:00

President Obama says he released classified memos because of 'exceptional circumstances' surrounding them.

Ex-CIA chief: Obama risks national securityupdated: Sun Apr 19 2009 19:44:00

A former head of the CIA slammed President Obama on Sunday for releasing four Bush-era memos, saying the new president has compromised national security.

2002 memo: Had to be intent to inflict 'severe pain' to be tortureupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 15:59:00

Interrogation tactics such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation and slapping did not violate laws against torture when there was no intent to cause severe pain, according to a Bush-era memo on the tactics released Thursday.

Rights groups criticize CIA immunity on interrogationsupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 18:52:00

Human rights organizations reacted angrily Thursday to the Obama administration's announcement that CIA officials would not be prosecuted for past waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics.

Senate panel starts inquiry into CIA interrogation programupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 19:35:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee has launched a review of the Bush administration's controversial interrogation and detention program.

Leahy calls for 'truth commission' on tortureupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 18:24:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman called Wednesday for the establishment of a nonpartisan "commission of inquiry" to investigate allegations of wrongdoing against former Bush administration officials in their prosecution of the war on terrorism.

Senate panel to review CIA programs under Bushupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 02:06:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing a review of the CIA's controversial interrogation programs under the Bush White House, a Senate Democratic aide told CNN.

Suspects tortured, probe findsupdated: Wed Jun 18 2008 10:39:00

A human rights group says there is evidence that suspected terrorists were tortured. Barbara Starr reports.

Report: Exams reveal abuse, torture of detaineesupdated: Wed Jun 18 2008 10:39:00

Former terrorist suspects detained by the United States were tortured, according to medical examinations detailed in a report released Wednesday by a human rights group.

Waterboarding 'mock execution'updated: Thu Apr 24 2008 16:25:00

Prescott Prince is defending the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Internal Justice probe examines sanction, review of waterboardingupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 19:14:00

The Justice Department said Friday it is investigating whether its attorneys properly authorized and reviewed the use of waterboarding by CIA investigators.

Time.com: New Charges of Gitmo Tortureupdated: Wed Feb 06 2008 14:20:00

A Senate committee will hear allegations that a young U.S. resident was tortured and videotaped

Is waterboarding torture?updated: Wed Jan 30 2008 21:01:00

Attorney General Michael Mukasey refuses to tell Senate committee whether waterboarding interrogation method is legal.

Waterboarding: Is it torture?updated: Fri Dec 21 2007 12:21:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to Current TV journalist Kaj Larson about his waterboarding experience.

Time.com: Probing the CIA Tapes -- Carefully updated: Thu Dec 13 2007 02:15:00

Analysis: Despite the furor over destroyed interrogation tapes, Congress's track record on torture does not bode well for a hard-hitting investigation

Senate confirms Mukaseyupdated: Fri Nov 09 2007 16:32:00

The Senate approves Michael Mukasey's nomination for attorney general by a 53-40 vote.

Mukasey sworn in as attorney generalupdated: Fri Nov 09 2007 16:32:00

Retired federal judge Michael Mukasey officially became attorney general Friday, taking the oath of office without fanfare from a Justice Department official.

AG nomination moves one step closer to confirmationupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 17:09:00

After weeks of controversy over Michael Mukasey's views on waterboarding, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the former judge's nomination for attorney general.

Mukasey passes committeeupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 17:09:00

The Senate Judiciary committee weighs the nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey.

Poll results: Waterboarding is tortureupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 09:00:00

A majority of Americans consider waterboarding a form of torture, but some of those say it's OK for the U.S. government to use the technique, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Leahy won't vote for Mukaseyupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 17:57:00

Sen. Patrick Leahy says he will vote no on President Bush's nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey for Attorney General.

Bush attorney general nominee gets key Democratic supportupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 17:57:00

The confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general was all but assured Friday when two key Democratic senators said they will vote in favor of the nominee despite questions about his views on "waterboarding" and the president's power to order electronic surveillance.

Mukasey stays vague on waterboardingupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:02:00

President Bush's pick for attorney general called the interrogation technique known as waterboarding a "repugnant" practice Tuesday, but again refused to say whether it violates U.S. laws banning torture.

Mukasey's murkinessupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:02:00

Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey's evasive answers on torture raise concerns. CNN's Ed Henry reports

Leading 2008 Democrats come out against attorney general nomineeupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 22:13:00

The three leading Democratic presidential candidates announced Tuesday they will oppose President Bush's nomination for attorney general, citing his recent testimony on torture and executive power.

Dodd on Mukasey, Bush's powerupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 22:13:00

Sen. Chris Dodd speaks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about running for president and the nominee for attorney general.

Time.com: Squeezing Mukasey on Torture updated: Tue Oct 30 2007 03:00:00

By turning waterboarding into a make-or-break issue for the Attorney General nominee, the Democrats are using the President's favored weapon of moral clarity against him

Clarify position on torture, senators urge attorney general nomineeupdated: Sun Oct 28 2007 20:41:00

A senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday he plans to vote against Michael Mukasey's confirmation as U.S. attorney general.

Attorney general nominee's answer on torture frustrates Democratsupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 17:51:00

The refusal of attorney general-nominee Michael Mukasey to directly disavow waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques frustrated Senate Democrats Thursday.

Bush: 'This government does not torture' updated: Fri Oct 05 2007 13:46:00

President Bush on Friday defended his administration's methods of interrogating terrorism suspects, insisting, "This government does not torture people."

Bush denies U.S. tortureupdated: Fri Oct 05 2007 13:46:00

President Bush defended the methods used to question terror suspects, denying that the U.S. uses torture.

Senate confirms Gonzales for attorney generalupdated: Thu Feb 03 2005 18:43:00

The Senate confirmed White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales as attorney general on a 60-36 vote Thursday, with many Democrats objecting to his role in crafting Bush administration policies on the treatment of prisoners.

Lawsuit targets Abu Ghraib contractorsupdated: Tue Jul 27 2004 16:00:00

Lawyers representing allegedly abused Iraqi prisoners filed suit in U.S. federal court Tuesday alleging killing, torture and other abuses against the prisoners or their family members in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

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