White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe, despite vows of help WASHINGTON — The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive privilege. In contrast to public assertions that it supports the committee’s work, the White House has ignored or rejected offers in multiple meetings and in letters to find ways for the committee to review the records, a McClatchy investigation has found. The significance of the materials couldn’t be learned.
An Unlikely Friday Night Pizza Café Has A Big Heart At Moriah Pie in Norwood, Ohio, Erin and Robert Lockridge serve homemade pizza and diners pay what they can. Christopher Kuettner hide caption itoggle caption Christopher Kuettner At Moriah Pie in Norwood, Ohio, Erin and Robert Lockridge serve homemade pizza and diners pay what they can. Christopher Kuettner Here's what might have sounded like a pretty shaky business plan for a neighborhood pizza café: "We'll only be open one day a week. Father: Teen Jailed For Facebook Comment Beaten Up Behind Bars : All Tech Considered hide captionAn undated photo of Justin Carter, who's facing a felony "terroristic threat" charge in Texas. Courtesy Jack Carter The family of Justin Carter, the 19-year-old Texas gamer who made offensive Facebook comments that landed him in jail, is working with new urgency to get his $500,000 bail reduced because they say he's getting beat up behind bars. "Without getting into the really nasty details, he's had concussions, black eyes, moved four times from base for his own protection," says Carter's father, Jack. "He's been put in solitary confinement, nude, for days on end because he's depressed. All of this is extremely traumatic to this kid.
Ted Cruz: I stopped liking rock music after 9/11 One day after launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made the rounds on the morning news shows, where he talked up his conservative credentials and his plans to rescue America from the tyranny of Nobama. During Cruz’s appearance on “CBS This Morning,” co-host Gayle King also afforded Cruz an opportunity to discuss how he occupies his time when he’s not shutting down the government or campaigning to strip gay people of their rights. The Tea Party favorite revealed that he just finished the third season of “House of Cards,” and assured viewers that Washington isn’t as murderous as the Netflix series portrays. Other stories recommended for you And music?
Pat Robertson Says Jews Are Too Busy Polishing Diamonds To Fix Their Cars Conservative activist Daniel Lapin, the Religious Right’s favorite rabbi who was also tied to the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal, appeared today on the 700 Club to tell host Pat Robertson about his new book on the “ancient Jewish wisdom” of “making money.” Robertson introduced Lapin by asking: “What is it about Jewish people that make them prosper financially? You almost never find Jews tinkering with their cars on the weekends or mowing their lawns. That’s what Daniel Lapin says and there’s a very good reason for that, and it lies within the business secrets of the Bible.” CIA Torture and the Threat of Dictatorship Only one conclusion can be drawn from the report published in the Washington Post Tuesday giving grisly details of CIA torture of prisoners and systematic lying by government officials to cover it up: the US ruling elite as a whole is guilty of war crimes for which it must be held accountable. The Post report, based on leaks from unnamed “US officials,” describes the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the operation of CIA “black sites”—the secret prisons in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania, Thailand and other countries where prisoners were held for “interrogation,” i.e., waterboarding, sleep deprivation, beatings, stress positions, induced hypothermia and other forms of torture. The article provides only a brief extract of the material compiled in the massive committee report, which the CIA has been fighting for more than a year to suppress. Feinstein is not a principled opponent of the crimes of the intelligence apparatus.
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Nation Thankful That Shellie Dean Zimmerman Was Charged With Perjury At Least WASHINGTON—Saying that, hey, it beats nothing, Americans across the nation expressed gratitude today that Shellie Dean Zimmerman, the Florida woman accused of lying to police about husband George Zimmerman’s finances while he was imprisoned this year for the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, has been officially charged with perjury under state law. “Look, no matter how anything else turned out, Shellie Dean Zimmerman has still been charged with the offense of lying to authorities, so, justice served, right?” Maryland resident Abby Liptak told reporters on Monday, noting that while it’s unfortunate George Zimmerman was found innocent over the weekend of murdering an unarmed black teenager, she’s at least glad his wife will be tried for a third-degree felony.
Donald Trump is a Ted Cruz birther: “You’re supposed to be born in this country” The last time real estate investor and reality show host Donald Trump pretended he might seek the presidency, birtherism was a central plank in the platform of his faux campaign. Four years later — even after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate — Trump continues to insist that our first African American president is an illegitimate usurper born outside the U.S. So what does Trump have to say about Ted Cruz, the Canadian-born Texas senator who announced his 2016 presidential campaign today? In an interview with My Fox NY on Monday, Trump indicated that he also harbors doubts about Cruz’s eligibility to be president, asserting that the Lone Star Republican has “a hurdle that nobody else seems to have at this moment.” “It’s a hurdle and somebody could certainly look at it very seriously,” Trump added.
Paranoia-Rama: Disney's Gay Witches, Satan's Secret Plan & Rush Limbaugh's Latest Conspiracy RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right. After turning the children of America gay, it turns out that Disney’s hit film Frozen is also tricking kids into embracing witchcraft. Of course, that is just one of several anti-gay conspiracy theories we uncovered this week. 5. James Mitchell: 'I'm just a guy who got asked to do something for his country' Dr James Elmer Mitchell has been called a war criminal and a torturer. He has been the subject of an ethics complaint, and his methods have been criticized in reports by two congressional committees and by the CIA's internal watchdog. But the retired air force psychologist insists he is not the monster many have portrayed him to be. "The narrative that's out there is, I walked up to the gate of the CIA, knocked on the door and said: 'Let me in, I want to torture people, and I can show you how to do it.'