U.S. defers judgment on Morsy ouster
July 9th, 2013
07:07 PM ET

U.S. defers judgment on Morsy ouster

By Elise Labott

The Obama administration is deferring judgment about whether President Mohammed Morsy was ousted in a coup while the Egyptian political process moves forward.

"There's an elephant in the room here," White House Press Secretary James Carney told reporters on Tuesday. "It is in our national interest – the best interest of the United States, and the best interest, in our view of our goal in assisting the Egyptian people, in their transition to democracy to take the time necessary to evaluate the situation before making such a determination."

Another U.S. official was more blunt.

"A policy determination has been made the meantime to call it nothing," the official told CNN.
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Pressure mounts on Obama to stop Guantanamo force-feeding
July 9th, 2013
05:18 PM ET

Pressure mounts on Obama to stop Guantanamo force-feeding

By Larry Shaughnessy

Two senior Democratic senators demanded on Tuesday that the United States stop force-feeding certain detainees at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, a public stand that added to a rising chorus of protest over their treatment.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, who chairs the Intelligence Committee, and Richard Durbin of Illinois, the Democratic whip, registered their strong opposition to the practice during the confirmation hearing of James Comey to become the next FBI director.

"This is inhumane," Feinstein said, noting that she wrote Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about the matter but hadn't heard back.

U.S. rejects call to stop force-feeding at Guantanamo

Feinstein traveled to Guantanamo in June with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, where she said she "took a look" at the force feeding issue.
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Former FISA judge sees problems in secret court
July 9th, 2013
05:03 PM ET

Former FISA judge sees problems in secret court

By Bill Mears

A former federal judge who served on a secret court overseeing the government's foreign surveillance program told the president's newly reconstructed privacy board on Tuesday that the FISA judicial body has serious problems.

The five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board held its first-ever public meeting, seeking recommendations from a range of experts, including former government officials involved in the secret National Security Agency program to gather telephone and Internet traffic metadata - information about the communications, such as time, place and numbers or addresses, but not the content.

Some of the most blunt comments came from the now-retired James Robertson, who served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 2002 to 2005.

He said there are inherent problems in this "ex parte" court– which hears only the government's side when secretly deciding whether to approve search warrants and surveillance requests.
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Report: Osama bin Laden – doting grandpa, paranoid terrorist
July 9th, 2013
08:49 AM ET

Report: Osama bin Laden – doting grandpa, paranoid terrorist

Osama bin Laden typically wore a cowboy hat while tending his garden.

Its broad brim obscured his features from the view of pesky eyes or satellite cameras that might blow his cover while he was hiding out in Pakistan, according to a report published widely in Pakistani media.

The 337-page leaked report details the domestic life of one of the world's most wanted men as a grandfather in his final days of life.

It also scathes Pakistani authorities for failing to keep him out of the country, and for failing to prevent the U.S. raid by Navy SEALs that killed bin Laden in May 2011.

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