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FBI evaluating complaints about hacking by CIA, Senate panel: sources

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is evaluating separate criminal referrals sent to the Justice Department by the CIA in its dispute with Senate investigators over access to documents about the agency's "enhanced interrogation" practices, officials familiar with the matter said.

Unsettled legacy of torture looms over CIA-Congress feud

A now-defunct US program that used harsh interrogation techniques against terror suspects still casts a shadow over Washington, with the CIA and Congress locked in a bitter dispute over its legacy. Launched in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks by ex-president George W. Bush, the "detention and interrogation program" was designed to force captured suspects to talk about Al-Qaeda's plots against America.

U.N. rights watchdog urges release of Senate report on CIA torture

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights watchdog called on the United States on Thursday to release a report on a Bush-era interrogation program at the heart of a dispute between the CIA and a Senate panel. Critics, including experts on the U.N. civil and political rights panel, say the CIA program set up after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States included harsh interrogation methods that constituted torture banned by international law.

U.S. Senate Intelligence Republican says many questions on CIA issue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday there were still many unanswered questions about allegations that the CIA spied on the panel, and suggested a special investigator might be needed on the issue. "Although people speak as though we know all the pertinent facts about this matter, the truth is, we don't," Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss said in remarks on the Senate floor.

White House tried to mediate dispute between Senate panel, CIA: source

By Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House tried to mediate between the CIA and the Senate panel that oversees it after both sides alleged they were spied on by the other over a Bush-era interrogation program, a source familiar with the discussion told Reuters. The involvement of the White House's most senior lawyer indicates President Barack Obama's interest in ending the increasingly bitter dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Spat erupts over claim CIA spied on US Senate panel

A public row erupted Tuesday between the CIA and the US lawmakers who oversee its intelligence work, with the agency's director angrily denying claims it spied on Senate staff. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein launched an attack on the Central Intelligence Agency, accusing it of searching computers used by staffers investigating CIA interrogation methods. "I have grave concerns that the CIA's search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution," Feinstein declared on the Senate floor.

U.S. hearing paused for alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - A U.S. military tribunal judge on Monday postponed pretrial hearings for a man accused of masterminding the 2000 USS Cole suicide bombing to allow time for the defendant to meet with the lawyer he has threatened to fire, a Pentagon official said. U.S. Army Colonel Judge James Pohl recessed the court until Wednesday after hearing that Guantanamo detainee Abd al-Rahim al Nashiri is considering dropping his death penalty attorney, Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale said in an email.

Spanish judge orders former Chinese president's arrest over Tibet killings

Madrid, Feb 10 (EFE).- Spanish National Court Judge Ismael Moreno on Monday ordered the capture, arrest and imprisonment of five former communist Chinese leaders, including former President Jiang Zemin, for genocide, torture and crimes against humanity in Tibet. The judge was complying with established procedure, given that the high court - known as the Audiencia Nacional - urged last November that international arrest orders be issued for the five.

UK spies told to ignore U.S. detainee abuse after 9/11: inquiry

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - British intelligence officers in Afghanistan knew about the mistreatment of suspected militants by the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks, but were told not to intervene for fear of offending Washington, an inquiry found on Thursday.

U.S. senator demands CIA report amid dispute over torture study

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A member of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday disclosed the existence of a secret Central Intelligence Agency document that committee members believe supports their conclusions in a study highly critical of "waterboarding" and other harsh counterterrorism practices.
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