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December 4, 2009 | By Kathleen Hennessey
The White House security procedures in place during last week's state dinner had been used at times during past administrations without problems, the Secret Service director said Thursday as he tried to explain how a Virginia couple managed to talk their way into one of the most heavily guarded buildings in the world. A contrite Mark Sullivan told the House Homeland Security Committee that the breakdown was an isolated incident and not an institutional failure. "I believe it's due just to poor judgment," Sullivan told lawmakers, adding that three uniformed agents had been placed on paid administrative leave while investigators look into how Tareq and Michaele Salahi managed to attend a state dinner for the Indian prime minister without being on the guest list.
August 11, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
In a ruling with potentially broad implications, a federal judge said Thursday that the Bush administration could use espionage laws to prosecute private citizens who gained access to national defense information. The decision appears to be the first in which a court has found that citizens other than government employees can be charged for receiving and disclosing secret government information, experts said.
October 1, 2003 | Doyle McManus and Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writers
Who unmasked Valerie Plame? The identity and the motive of the leaker who revealed the name of the clandestine CIA officer in July are both unknown -- except to a few reporters who received the leak, and they aren't talking. But even before the evidence was in, suspicion in official Washington quickly focused on the White House staff and aides to Vice President Dick Cheney. They had been vocally unhappy with Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph C.
August 6, 2011 | By Laura King, Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Their name conjures up the most celebrated moment of America's post-Sept. 11 military campaigns. Now the Navy SEALs belong to a grimmer chapter in history: the most deadly incident for U.S. forces in the 10-year Afghanistan war. Three months after they killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan and cemented their place in military legend, the SEALs suffered a devastating loss when nearly two dozen of the elite troops were among...
April 26, 2009 | Greg Miller
The CIA used an arsenal of severe interrogation techniques on imprisoned Al Qaeda suspects for nearly seven years without seeking a rigorous assessment of whether the methods were effective or necessary, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The failure to conduct a comprehensive examination occurred despite calls to do so as early as 2003.
January 22, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
It can be a curse, the neighbors discovered, to move onto the well-heeled, palm-festooned San Clemente lane next to Richard Nixon's former home. Christopher Arndt and Maureen Doyle despised what local historians describe as the former Western White House's security wall, which bisects their backyard. The couple whittled a door into the red-tile-capped barrier to reach the rest of their property. Their next-door neighbor, Richard Osman, loathed the wall too.
June 20, 1986 | United Press International
A British woman, who wrote a letter to President Reagan calling him a "senile old fool" after the U.S. bombing raid on Libya, was questioned by detectives at the request of White House security officials, a police spokesman said today. But police said they were satisfied that Maureen Eyles, 54, a telephone operator from the village of Pailton, Warwickshire, was not a threat to Reagan's life. Reaction to her letter surprised Eyles. "I just wrote the letter in anger," she said.
July 18, 1997
Arthur Liman, 64, chief counsel to the U.S. Senate committee that investigated the Iran-Contra scandal during the Reagan administration. Liman led the questioning of Lt. Col. Oliver North and White House security advisor John Poindexter. Also, as a specialist in white-collar crime, Liman was involved in some of Wall Street's biggest cases, including representing junk-bond financier Michael Milken. He also led an investigation of the Attica prison riot of 1971.
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