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May 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
Before becoming House speaker, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert told Colombian military officers that he was "sick and tired" of human rights considerations controlling U.S. anti-drug aid, according to a newly declassified government document. At the time, the Clinton administration was pushing Colombia to improve its human rights performance as a condition of receiving U.S. aid.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave authority in 1957 to senior U.S. military commanders to retaliate with nuclear weapons if the president could not be reached or was otherwise unable to respond to a nuclear attack against the United States, according to declassified documents released this week.
July 28, 2001 | From Associated Press
The government on Friday scrambled to call back all copies of a State Department history that details the U.S. role in Indonesia's deadly purge of communists in the 1960s. In a diplomatically embarrassing case of terrible timing, hundreds of libraries across the country are stocking the recently released history of American officials' secret support for the anti-communist campaign that undermined the rule of Sukarno, Indonesia's founding president.
February 18, 1993 | From Associated Press
U.S. Archivist Don W. Wilson, whose office turned over White House computer records to then-President George Bush while Wilson was negotiating to run Bush's presidential library, denied any wrongdoing in the matter Wednesday. Three senators, John Glenn (D-Ohio), David Pryor (D-Ark.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), this week urged the Justice Department to investigate Wilson's actions.
September 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Grand jury transcripts released Thursday from the biggest espionage case of the Cold War raise questions about whether Ethel Rosenberg was convicted and executed based on perjured prosecution testimony. Rosenberg and her husband, Julius, were convicted of passing nuclear weapons secrets to the Soviet Union and were executed in 1953. Since then, decrypted Soviet cables have appeared to confirm that he was a spy, but doubts have remained about her role. At the Rosenbergs' trial, the key testimony against Ethel Rosenberg came from her brother and sister-in-law, David and Ruth Greenglass.
August 16, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Area 51 has to be the worst-kept secret in the aerospace industry. It's where some of the most innovative military aircraft ever built by Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Skunk Works were flight tested. Supposedly. For decades, the government has refused to acknowledge the existence of the military outpost, which is about 100 miles outside of Las Vegas. Until now. PHOTOS: Skunk Works secret programs For the first time, Area 51 has been recognized by the CIA, according to a newly declassified history of the U-2 program.
November 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge on Monday ordered the White House to preserve copies of all its e-mails, a move that Bush administration lawyers had argued strongly against. U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy directed the president's executive office to safeguard the material, in response to two lawsuits that seek to determine whether the White House has destroyed e-mails in violation of federal law. The White House says it has been taking steps to preserve copies of all e-mails and will continue to do so.
A federal appeals court Friday expanded the definition of records that must be preserved by the government to include millions of White House computer messages and other documents from the Ronald Reagan and George Bush presidencies. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals here represents a landmark ruling involving the maintenance of government records as more and more material is placed into computers.
May 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
Oliver L. North met with then-Vice President George Bush a few hours after lying to the House Intelligence Committee about assisting the Nicaraguan Contras, an entry in North's White House diaries suggests. Portions of the diaries, released Tuesday, renew questions about whether Bush was more deeply involved in assisting the Contras than he has acknowledged.
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