CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2011 |
In a basement downtown, the librarians are being interrogated. On most days, they work in middle schools and high schools operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District, fielding student queries about American history and Greek mythology, and retrieving copies of vampire novels. But this week, you'll find them in a makeshift LAUSD courtroom set up on the bare concrete floor of a building on East 9th Street. Several sit in plastic chairs, watching from an improvised gallery as their fellow librarians are questioned.
June 30, 2011 |
The Justice Department has decided not to file criminal charges in the vast majority of cases involving the CIA's former interrogation, detention and kidnapping program. In a statement to CIA employees on his last day as director, Leon E. Panetta said Thursday that after an examination of more than 100 instances in which the agency allegedly had contact with terrorism detainees, Assistant U.S. Atty. John Durham decided that further investigation was warranted in just two cases. Each of those cases resulted in a death.
May 16, 2004 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld approved a plan that brought unconventional interrogation methods to Iraq to gain intelligence about the growing insurgency, ultimately leading to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, the New Yorker magazine reported Saturday. Rumsfeld gave the green light to methods previously used in Afghanistan for gathering intelligence from members of Al Qaeda, which the United States blames for the Sept. 11 attacks, the magazine reported on its website.
November 7, 1987 |
Military authorities here on Friday interrogated an American soldier who returned to the United States after defecting to the Soviet Union. Pvt. Wade E. Roberts, 22, of Riverside, Calif., has been in Army custody since his arrest Wednesday in West Germany. He defected in April but says he returned to the West because his West German girlfriend, Petra Neumann, is pregnant and he didn't want "to go around for the rest of my life having a charge from the United States hanging over my head."
May 26, 2007 |
For the first time, a DVD recording of a suspect confessing his crime to police was admitted as evidence in a Japanese court Friday, a move that could lead to stricter checks on the lengthy, secret police interrogations that defense lawyers say result in pressure on suspects to make false confessions.
February 14, 2008 |
In a sharp rebuke to the White House, the Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would impose sweeping new restrictions on interrogation methods used by the CIA and ban a widely condemned technique known as waterboarding, in which a prisoner is made to feel he is drowning. President Bush is expected to veto the bill, which would outlaw an array of coercive interrogation tactics that U.S. allies have denounced but the administration has said are crucial to prevent terrorist attacks.
July 24, 2005 |
In the increasingly crowded classrooms on this weathered Army post, soldiers who have served as medics, mechanics and even Marines are taking crash courses in how to interrogate prisoners. A nearby field recently cleared of desert brush and rattlesnakes is now lined with dozens of metal shipping containers converted into practice interrogation booths.
March 16, 2005 |
Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee failed to agree Tuesday on whether to open a formal investigation into U.S. interrogation and detention practices. "It was probably the least constructive meeting of the Intelligence Committee that I have ever been to," West Virginia Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the panel's top Democrat, said after a closed committee session.
June 27, 2007 |
The international controversy over the CIA's role in running extrajudicial prisons and reputedly harshly interrogating terrorism suspects overseas since the Sept. 11 attacks may have been foreshadowed by an infamous case described in "the family jewels" documents released Tuesday. In 1962, the CIA recruited a Soviet intelligence officer named Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko in Geneva.