Legal news from Sunday, July 12, 2009
12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former vice-president Dick Cheney [JURIST news archive] directly ordered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] to withhold from Congress information on a counterterrorism program kept secret for eight years until it was terminated by current CIA director Leon Panetta [official profile], according to a Saturday New York Times [read more]

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[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] is still considering appointing a prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture during the Bush administration, Newsweek reported [text] Saturday. Despite pressure from the White House [official website] to "look forward, not backwards" with regard to Bush-era interrogation tactics [JURIST news archive], Holder [read more]

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[JURIST] The Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program [JURIST news archive] relied on a flawed legal analysis at its inception and produced results of questionable effectiveness, according to an unclassified version of a report [text] released Friday by five government agencies. The report, prepared by inspector generals at the US Department [read more]

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