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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.
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.
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.
May 20, 1999 | From the Washington Post
At the height of its vicious war against Marxist guerrillas and those suspected of helping them, the Guatemalan military kept detailed records of people its units had captured or killed, according to internal army intelligence documents released Wednesday by four human rights organizations. The Guatemalan military has long been accused of killing tens of thousands of civilians in the 36-year civil war that ended in December 1996.
October 7, 2009 | Associated Press
Recently released CIA files from the mid-1960s show Cuban exile and suspected terrorist Luis Posada Carriles informed on violent Miami-based efforts to attack Fidel Castro's fledgling Cuban government even as he was deeply involved in helping them. In the files, the CIA also appeared confident that Posada was a moderate who would not embarrass the agency or the United States. "A15 is not a typical kind of 'boom and bang' individual. He is acutely aware of the international implications of ill-planned or overly enthusiastic activities against Cuba," Posada's CIA handler, Grover T. Lythcott, wrote in a July 26, 1966, memo, using a code name for the Cuban exile.
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