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Legal news from Sunday, July 12, 2009
by Ximena Marinero

Former vice-president Dick Cheney directly ordered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to withhold from Congress information on a counterterrorism program kept secret for eight years until it was terminated by current CIA director Leon Panetta, according to a Saturday New York Times report. The secret counterterrorism program was initiated in the …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

US Attorney General Eric Holder is still considering appointing a prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture during the Bush administration, Newsweek reported Saturday. Despite pressure from the White House to "look forward, not backwards" with regard to Bush-era interrogation tactics, Holder has reportedly requested a list of ten candidates, five from …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program relied on a flawed legal analysis at its inception and produced results of questionable effectiveness, according to an unclassified version of a report released Friday by five government agencies. The report, prepared by inspector generals at the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Central …

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