News for 2010-04-08

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Civil Liberties Groups Oppose Obama’s Plan to Close Gitmo, Absent Serious Changes
In an indication of the full-spectrum pressure that the Obama administration is facing on its plan to close Guantanamo Bay, today a coalition of major civil liberties groups — the very groups that have led the charge to close the island detention facility since its 2002 inception — sent a pained...
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Despite Landmark Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, Iran Threats and Nuclear Posture Review Raise Doubts of Significant US Shift
President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have signed a landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty to replace the expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 1991. While Obama has said the treaty will cut the US and Russia nuclear arsenals by a third, arms-control experts have warned the...
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Dozens More Massey Mines Cited as Unsafe
The federal investigators readying their probe into the massive explosion that killed at least 25 West Virginia coal miners this week might take note: The dozens of other active tunnel mines owned by the same energy company have run up thousands of safety violations this year alone, according to a...
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Maine Anti-War Campaign Nabs Resolution Victory in State's Largest City
City councilors have approved a resolution calling on Maine's U.S. Congressional delegation to oppose new funding for military campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Unlike similar measures which have come before cities and towns in other part of the country, the resolution approved 7-1...
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New Orleans Cop Explains How Police Gunned Down Unarmed Civilians In Post-Katrina Incident
A former New Orleans police officer has given authorities a shocking account of the killing by police of two unarmed civilians and the wounding of four others on Danziger Bridge in post-Katrina New Orleans.
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Cost Estimate for F-35 to Soar, Pentagon Says
Defense Department officials have told Congress that the already ballooning costs of the F-35 joint strike fighter are likely to soar much higher when new estimates are completed in the summer. In the Selected Acquisition Report for the F-35, a detailed document sent to Congress on Thursday, the...
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Spanish Judge Indicted for Inquiry Into Franco-Era Abuses
MADRID - Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish judge who attained international fame for pursuing leaders like Augusto Pinochet of Chile and Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, was himself indicted Wednesday on charges of abusing his powers to investigate Spanish Civil War atrocities. The charges against Mr. Garzón...
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Lucrative KBR Contracts Unaffected by Troop Drawdown
WASHINGTON - Only one in nine hours billed by a contractor for running the giant military bases that house U.S. soldiers in Iraq in the first half of 2009 was for actual physical labor, according to new testimony by the Pentagon's auditors. The company - KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton - is...
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[field_image_caption-raw] How Wikileaks Shone Light on World's Darkest Secrets
When the Ministry of Defence first came across Wikileaks, staffers were stunned. "There are thousands of things on here, I literally mean thousands," one of them wrote in an internal email in November 2008. "Everything I clicked on to do with MoD was restricted... it is huge." The website, an...
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US Developing New Non-Nuclear Missiles
As the White House pushes for cuts in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, the Pentagon is developing a weapon to help fill the gap: missiles armed with conventional warheads that could strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour.
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Barack Obama Signs Nuclear Treaty with Russia
The US president, Barack Obama, and Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian leader, today signed an arms treaty that will slash their respective nuclear arsenals by a third.
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Robert Rubin Returns
Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin - who watched his reputation as an economic titan shattered after leaving the Clinton White House - is decidedly out of favor in the nation's capital. Except one place - the Obama administration. Behind the scenes, Rubin still wields enormous influence in...
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Should Obama Have Authorized the Killing of a Muslim Cleric?
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Coal Mining Industry Ducks Punishment For Safety Sins By 'Clogging the System' With Appeals, Critics Say
Coal mining companies have successfully thwarted tough new safety rules that were intended to help prevent a disaster like the one that killed 25 West Virginia miners Monday, top labor and mine safety officials said, by overloading the regulatory system with appeals.
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