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February 19, 2008

This week in politics

Filed under: General Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikeyc252 @ 1:57 am

The Department of Homeland Security is pending executive approval to use spy satellites for domestic surveillance, according to an anonymous department source disclosing to the Associated Press. The program would utilize existing domestic imagery to aid law enforcement. The source affirmed the program would respect existing laws and a warrant would be needed to obtain the imagery. The program was put on hiatus lasr year among the wiretapping controversy.
In wake of six Guantanamo Bay detainees facing the death penalty, Cuba’s foreign minister Felipe Perez Roque has demanded the U.S. close the camp and return the territory. The United States leased the island in 1934 but the Communist Regime refuses payments. Pereze Roque accuses the camp of violating human rights and exercising unfair trials. The contract can only be changed with the agreement of both countries.
Republican presidential frontrunner and former POW John McCain has attracted criticism for voting against a bill that would extend to the CIA a 2006 bill prohibiting the inhumane treatment of prisoners by the military. McCain sponsored the 2006 Detainee Treatment Act. He said on the campaign trail in October that based on his first-hand experience, there are “much better ways to get information” than torture. McCain recently praising the anti-torture Army Field Manual at a November debate. He explained Thursday that the CIA needs ways to interrogate terrorists, while still “abiding by the rules, including the Detainee Treatment Act.” McCain argued that same day that tying the CIA to the Army Field Manual would be a mistake.
Despite a Republican walk out, the House passed contempt charges against two Bush administration staff. House Republicans wanted the Democrats to revise the controversial FISA bill to fit the Senate’s version, which includes legal protection for telecom companies that provide customer info to the government. The contempt charges came from failure to respond to congressional peonas concerning last years federal attorney firings but Attorney General Michael Mukasey said he will not prosecute the charges because Bush ordered the staff not to appear.

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4 Comments »

  1. […] David E.Garnett wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt […]

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  2. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Jason Rakowski

    Comment by Jason Rakowski — February 19, 2008 @ 2:22 am

  3. […] David E.Garnett wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt […]

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