May 9, 1990 |
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 |
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 |
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.
December 6, 2011 |
Two years ago, Cuban counterintelligence officers arrested Alan P. Gross, a U.S. Agency for International Development subcontractor, as he boarded a plane in Havana for the United States. Later convicted in a closed trial of crimes against the state for smuggling sophisticated telecommunications equipment into Cuba, Gross is serving a 15-year prison sentence. Obama administration officials have declared that relations with Cuba will remain frozen until Gross is released, but the administration has not been willing to take the aggressive steps necessary to win his freedom.
March 21, 2010 |
Here's a not-so-tiny tidbit of data that's getting lost in the White House-driven public frenzy over healthcare legislation this month: The White House Democratic administration of Barack Obama, who denounced his presidential predecessor George W. Bush as the most secretive in history, is now denying more Freedom of Information Act requests than the Republican did. Transparency and openness were so important to the new president that on...
March 10, 2006
PRESIDENT VICENTE FOX of Mexico took office in 2000 vowing to finally prosecute officials responsible for the deaths, "disappearing" and torturing of hundreds in that nation's "dirty war" of the 1970s. Victims' families have waited for decades to uncover what happened to their loved ones. Although plenty of new findings have come to light, disappointingly little has been done to prosecute those responsible for the illegal repression.
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June 4, 1988
A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit once again spotlights the Federal Bureau of Investigation's ill-advised "Library Awareness Program," which, despite its benign name, is actually designed to enlist the nation's librarians in the search for suspected Soviet Bloc spies.
February 13, 1993 |
The archivist of the United States, who signed an Inauguration Day agreement that gives former President George Bush extensive control over White House computer tapes, announced Friday that he will run the Bush presidential library center. Don W. Wilson said he will be leaving the National Archives on March 31 to become executive director of the George Bush Center at Texas A&M University. He was hired by Bush's son, George W. Bush, and William H. Mobley, president of Texas A&M, said Rene A.
March 17, 2000 |
Times staff writer Paul Watson has won a 1999 George Polk Award, one of journalism's top honors, for his reporting on the war in Kosovo and his revelations of atrocities committed by both sides. It is the second year in a row that a Times staff writer has won the award for coverage of the Kosovo conflict. And it is the 11th time that The Times has been honored with the prize, established by Long Island University in 1949 in memory of a CBS reporter slain while covering the civil war in Greece.
December 4, 1993 |
The final report by independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh on the Iran-Contra scandal soon will be made public with few if any deletions, a federal appeals court said Friday. "The court not only considers it appropriate but in the public interest that as full a disclosure as possible be made of the final report of the independent counsel," the special three-judge panel said. "The possibility exists," the court added, that federal law or court rules "may require limited deletions."