Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Douglas Jehl's "Senator to Ask C.I.A. to Explanin Nazi-File Stance" appears at bottom of page A6."

As Shirley and Ben have noted, Douglas Jehl's "Senator to Ask C.I.A. to Explain Nazi-File Stance" appears at the bottom of page A6.

Also check out the Associated Press story "Secret Report Questions Guantánamo Tactics:"

Videotapes of riot squads subduing troublesome terrorism suspects at the United States prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, show the guards punching some detainees, tying one to a gurney for questioning and forcing a dozen to strip from the waist down, a confidential report says.
One squad was made up entirely of women, the report says, a factor that traumatized some prisoners, though the tapes offer no evidence that this squad was involved in any of the stripping incidents.
Investigators from the United States Southern Command, which has headquarters in Miami and oversees the Guantánamo camp, wrote the report after spending a little over a week in June reviewing 20 hours of videotapes. The tapes were among some 500 hours of videos that a spokesman at Guantánamo said last year had been turned over to the investigators. The tapes involved the operations of teams known as "immediate reaction forces," "immediate response forces" or simply I.R.F.'s.

And check out Eric Lipton and David Johnson's "White House Says Nominee Advised on Interrogations:"

The White House spokesman said on Tuesday that Michael Chertoff, the nominee for homeland security secretary, had advised intelligence agencies on how far interrogators could go in questioning terror suspects without violating the federal anti-torture statute.
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Judge Chertoff, now a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Newark, told the aides that he did not provide specific advice to the Central Intelligence Agency on coercive questioning, but that he did take part in meetings with people -whom he did not identify - to discuss the general applicability of the federal torture law. That law bars American officials from using extreme techniques like death threats to elicit information.
He told the aides he knew nothing about a Justice Department memorandum of August 2002 that evaluated specific interrogation techniques. It was signed by Jay S. Bybee, head of the Office of Legal Counsel in the department. On Tuesday, the department acknowledged for the first time the existence of the classified memorandum that was a detailed follow-up to publicized Bybee memorandum that narrowly defined torture.

And Rachel e-mailed asking that we note "Agency Scientists Divided Over Ethics Ban on Consulting" by Gardiner Harris which details some "much needed guidelines" (Rachel):

The rules, which will take effect in a few days, grew out of revelations over the past year that some of the agency's leading scientists had lent their names to drug industry marketing efforts.
Under them, N.I.H. scientists will be banned from working in either a paid or an unpaid capacity for drug and biotechnology companies, health care providers, insurers, trade associations and educational institutions that apply for money from the agency.
The rules will also ban top scientists from owning shares in drug or biotechnology companies. Lower-level employees will be able to own as much as $15,000 in company shares. Gifts of greater than $200 will be banned. Scientists will be prohibited from accepting many academic prizes.
"Nothing is more important than preserving the public trust," Dr. Zerhouni said.
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