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January 26, 2017 12:14 AM Trump says torture works as his government readies a review

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Wednesday he believes torture works as his administration readied a sweeping review of how America conducts the war on terror. It includes possible resumption of banned interrogation methods and reopening CIA-run “black site” prisons outside the United States. In an interview with ABC News, Trump said he would 51

January 26, 2017 12:02 AM Does waterboarding work? Seven questions about the controversial interrogation technique

In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, President Trump was asked about waterboarding. He said he had asked people at the highest level of intelligence, “ ‘Does it work? Does torture work?’ And the answer was, ‘Yes, absolutely.’ ” Trump went on to say, “Do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works.” Trump nonetheless said he would rely on the advice 55

January 25, 2017 11:30 PM Trump review exposes GOP divide on torture

A decision by President Trump to review the use of torture on captured terror suspects is exposing a stark rift within the Republican Party. Trump on Wednesday told ABC News that he “absolutely” thinks that waterboarding works and would consider reinstating it as an interrogation technique if senior administration officials think it’s necessary. “I will rely on [CIA Director 61

January 25, 2017 10:59 PM Mattis, Pompeo stunned by CIA 'black sites' report

The two officials in charge of Trump's terrorism detainee policies were 'blindsided' by a draft calling for the CIA to revisit techniques critics call torture. Two of the officials who will be in charge of carrying out President Donald Trump's terrorism detainee policies, Defense Secretary James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, were “blindsided 45

January 25, 2017 8:05 PM Draft Order Eyes Return to Overseas CIA Prisons

A draft executive order circulating inside the government calls for studying whether the CIA should get back in the business of capturing and interrogating terrorists overseas, a program launched after 9/11 that President Obama banned because it involved the use of what most people consider torture. A draft order, posted by the Washington Post and confirmed 58

January 25, 2017 5:05 PM White House draft order calls for review on use of CIA ‘black site’ prisons overseas

An executive order apparently drafted by the Trump administration calls for a policy review that could authorize the CIA to reopen “black site” prisons overseas and potentially restart an interrogation program that was dismantled in 2009 after using methods widely condemned as torture. The document, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, would 37

January 25, 2017 3:56 PM The Daily 202: 11 stories from President Trump’s first 100 hours that deserve more attention

That the president of the United States is challenging, with no credible evidence, the integrity of an election he won is extraordinarily reckless. As Dan Balz explains this morning, “There is no benign explanation … It is either a deliberate attempt to undermine faith in the democratic process, an exhortation to those who favor new restrictions on access 132

January 21, 2017 3:13 PM Why El Chapo’s Extradition from Mexico Surprised U.S. Officials

The man known as the godfather of the illegal drug world and who twice escaped Mexican prisons had a court date Friday before a judge in Brooklyn to face a raft of federal charges. Justice Department officials had scrambled to respond to Mexico's last-minute action in sending El Chapo to the United States for trial. The U.S. had sought his extradition 53

January 20, 2017 7:43 PM Extradited Mexican drug kingpin 'El Chapo' appears in New York courtroom

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has made an appearance in a New York City courtroom, where a federal public defender entered a not-guilty plea for him. A hush fell over the Brooklyn courtroom moments before Guzman entered Friday. He looked dazed and wore a dark blue T-shirt, dark blue pants and sneakers. An indictment charges Guzman with running 46

January 20, 2017 4:33 AM Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman arrives in New York to face charges

NEW YORK – Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in his country, was extradited at the request of the United States to face drug trafficking and other charges and arrived in New York late Thursday. A plane carrying Guzman landed at a suburban airport, where a caravan of SUVs waited to take him away. Guzman 57