News for 2009-02-12

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Americans Favor Probe of 'War on Terror' Excesses
WASHINGTON - Two-thirds of Americans favor investigating whether the George W. Bush administration overstepped legal boundaries in its "war on terror," according to a poll released Thursday by USA Today and Gallup. A majority of respondents said a probe should be launched into allegations that the...
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CNN Video: Palestinian Refugees React to Israeli Election
CNN's Cal Perry travels to one of 12 refugee camps in Lebanon to gauge reaction to the Israeli election.
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Thousands of US Weapons Astray in Afghanistan: Auditors
WASHINGTON - Thousands of US weapons, including assault rifles and grenade launchers, may be in Taliban or Al-Qaeda hands in Afghanistan because of lax controls, congressional auditors warned on Thursday. The Pentagon has failed to track an estimated 87,000 weapons given to Afghan security forces,...
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FDA Approves Depressant Drug for the Annoyingly Cheerful
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Bills Would Limit Use of 'State Secrets'
WASHINGTON - House and Senate committees yesterday introduced bills that would sharply curtail the government's use of the "state secrets" privilege, a policy used by President Bush to argue that a lawsuit involving allegations of torture should be dismissed - and a position that the Obama...
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Activists Push for Offshore Energy Drilling Ban
WASHINGTON - Environmental advocates urged Congress yesterday to reinstate the broad moratorium on offshore oil drilling, but a key congressman said on that issue, "The ship may have already sailed." Representative Nick Rahall, Democrat of West Virginia, chairman of the House Natural Resources...
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David King: Iraq as the First 'Resource War' of the Century
The Iraq war was just the first of this century's "resource wars", in which powerful countries use force to secure valuable commodities for themselves, according to the UK government's former chief scientific adviser. Sir David King predicted that with human population growing, natural resources...
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Anthropologist's Death Highlights Questionable Role of Social Science in War
In a hostile corner of southern Afghanistan, an American platoon fanned out around a market, forming a protective circle around a petite woman with a notebook. Paula Loyd, a Wellesley-educated researcher, began interviewing villagers about the price of cooking fuel - a key indicator of whether...
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Poll: Most Want Inquiry Into Anti-Terror Tactics
WASHINGTON - Even as Americans struggle with two wars and an economy in tatters, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds majorities in favor of investigating some of the thorniest unfinished business from the Bush administration: Whether its tactics in the "war on terror" broke the law.
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Just Breathing in Katrina-Flooded Homes Poses Health Risks
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Homes flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 may contain harmful levels of airborne contaminants in addition to polluted sediment deposits, finds new research from scientists at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
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Binyam Mohamed Torture Evidence 'Hidden From Obama'
US defence officials are preventing Barack Obama from seeing evidence that a former British resident held in Guantánamo Bay has been tortured, the prisoner's lawyer said last night, as campaigners and the Foreign Office prepared for the man's release in as little as a week. Clive Stafford Smith,...
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NAACP at 100 Now Seeks Equal Rights for All
The nation's oldest civil rights organization celebrates its 100th birthday today under the reins of a young new leader who wants to expand the group's focus from civil rights for African Americans to human rights for everyone. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was...
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