Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:17 UTC
The case revolves around 14 men who were kidnapped by security forces in 1971 and subjected to so-called deep interrogation.
This included the "Five Techniques" that were to become standard practice for 'War on Terror'-era interrogators.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:07 UTC
Newly appointed Attorney General Steven Marshall released a statement on Wednesday saying he would keep his promise to recuse himself from an ongoing investigation into Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).
Marshall appointed former Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks to lead the investigation instead.
Marshall was appointed as attorney general by Governor Bentley on Friday after a vacancy was left by former Attorney General Luther Strange, who had also been appointed by Bentley. Strange was then appointed to temporarily fill Jeff Sessions' US Senate seat after the Senate confirmed Sessions as the new US attorney general.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:57 UTC
Since 2013, the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been holding hearings on alleged Catholic Church sex abuse of children - mostly boys.
"Catholic Church authorities made total payments of [AU] $276.1 million [US $213million] in response to claims of child sexual abuse received between 1 January 1980 and 28 February 2015, including monetary compensation, treatment, legal and other costs," the statement from the commission said on Thursday.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:43 UTC
There is a dearth of lethal injection drugs in the United States after the European Union banned the export of medication used in capital punishment to the US, citing it as a violation of the EU Torture Regulation of 2012.
Since then, states have resorted to using different drug cocktails for the procedure. When that fails, they have fallen back on outdated methods like the electric chair or a firing squad.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:39 UTC
The third arrest was confirmed by Malaysian police on Thursday.
"He was detained to facilitate investigations as he is the boyfriend of the second suspect," Selangor state police chief Abu Samah Mat told Reuters.
The second suspect was arrested earlier the same day. That arrest was confirmed by the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Baka and Indonesia's foreign ministry, as she was found in possession of an Indonesian passport.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:33 UTC
So far, at least 150 people have been treated for minor respiratory issues by the emergency services, but only two of them were taken to hospital, a spokesman for the Oberhausen fire department told MDR.
Among the injured are 40 chemical plant staff, while the remaining 110 are people working at an industrial
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:11 UTC
The Frisco Independent School District (ISD) serves over 56,000 students in the Dallas area, but to what extent in the future remains to be seen. Between a loss of state funding and voters refusing to pay an extra 13 cents in property taxes, the district has been left to devise its own methods of fixing its budget.
When it comes to school budget cuts, it's rare for there to be an easy or simple solution. However, one particularly interesting idea made its way into Thursday's brainstorming session: "reasonable 'self-service' programs to reduce custodial needs." The suggestion essentially means that the district is being asked to consider having students use time during the school day to take out the garbage.
The Daily Sheeple
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:37 UTC
However, though their ranks are incredibly small, there may be more of them lurking in our cities and highways than we realize. That's the conclusion that former journalist Thomas Hargrove came to, after he developed a computer algorithm which can spot serial killers who are often overlooked by the police. He told Bloomberg that "I think there are a great many uncaught serial killers out there...I think most cities have at least a few."
Mark of the beast on trial: CIA deputy director Haspel asked to testify in torture lawsuit initiated by ACLU
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:11 UTC
Gina Haspel, who was appointed to the post in early February, was named in the court filing on Tuesday that requested Judge Justin Quackenbush compel her deposition in a lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, two psychologists who developed the so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" such as waterboarding.
Attorneys for Jessen and Mitchell filed the motion after the Trump administration informed them it would "not authorize" the deposition, according to the Guardian. They say the deposition would help show that their clients' actions or inactions were "within the scope of legally and validly conferred authority."
Comment: In other words, the CIA head honchos and others said it would be ok - which is most probably true, but also seems to deflect the responsibility for recommending such heinous behavior. At the same time, one might ask, why isn't the ACLU suing the CIA?
Daily Mail (UK)
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:56 UTC
The force of the explosion shook homes as far as 60 miles away, according to KHOU-TV.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley says the explosion occurred early Wednesday near Refugio, a rural community north of Corpus Christi, about 15 miles from the Texas Coast.
Brandley says no one was hurt and that there are no refineries or plants nearby.
He says it's too early to know what triggered the explosion.
Brandley says crews are working to close the line and extinguish the flames.
Mishaps with transmission lines are not uncommon.
In the past two decades, the US government has recorded more than 2,000 accidents on gas transmission lines across the country.