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May 21, 2004 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld last year personally approved a series of aggressive interrogation techniques for suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees to extract information about the Sept. 11 attacks and help prevent future ones, Pentagon officials said Thursday. Rumsfeld approved in April 2003 a request five months earlier by Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, who had arrived at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in November 2002 to oversee prisoners.
October 15, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Further tightening rules meant to prevent the abuse of detainees, the Pentagon has issued a new policy directive requiring that interrogations of prisoners be monitored, even if questioning is being carried out by another government agency. Under previous rules, non-Pentagon interrogators were required to follow strict rules in the Army Field Manual when questioning prisoners at military facilities. But the new directive adds a requirement that those sessions be observed by military officials.
June 27, 2007 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
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.
December 2, 2004 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
CIA officers in Iraq were ordered to stay away from a U.S. military interrogation facility last year because agency officials questioned the way detainees were being interrogated, according to a December 2003 report on a secret special operations unit. The report warning of possible abuses of Iraqi detainees in U.S.
September 9, 2003 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge Monday denied a defense effort to toss out the confession of a deaf Laguna Hills man accused of fatally stabbing his next-door neighbor, saying there was no evidence that police had read him his rights improperly. The interrogation is key evidence that the attack was racially motivated, prosecutors contend.
November 12, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes, Barnes is a Times staff writer.
As the clock runs down on the Bush administration, moderates within the government are mounting what may be one last drive to roll back many of the harsh detention and interrogation policies pushed through by Vice President Dick Cheney. The effort, led by officials at the State Department, represents the latest battle in a war between hard-liners and moderates that has raged though most of the Bush administration. In the early years of George W.
July 21, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
President Bush signed an order Friday that clears the way for the CIA to resume some of the harsh interrogation methods it has used against terrorism suspects, but the order prohibits techniques that had caused an international outcry, including sexual humiliation and the denigration of religious symbols.
September 5, 2003 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A judge Thursday delayed ruling on a defense plea to toss out a police interrogation that's key to a murder case against a deaf Laguna Hills man accused of fatally stabbing his 17-year-old neighbor. The defense contends that Christopher Hearn, 22, did not understand his Miranda rights when deputies interrogated him shortly after his arrest.
April 27, 2012
Human rights activists are pressing for the public release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's post-Sept. 11 detention and "enhanced interrogation" practices, hoping that it will answer the question once and for all of whether torture played a role in locating Osama bin Laden. Whatever the document might say about that question, releasing it would add to public knowledge about what President Obama rightly has called a "dark and painful chapter in our history. " Next week, almost a year to the day after the killing of Bin Laden, Jose Rodriguez, the former director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, will publish a book titled "Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives.
February 7, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Justice Department attorneys apparently have known since early 2006 that the CIA destroyed videotaped interrogations of a key terror suspect, federal court documents unsealed Wednesday showed. The disclosure that at least two prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, Va., were apparently aware of the agency's actions raises new questions about a matter now under investigation by a special Justice Department prosecutor.
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