"Report: Cheney Resisting CIA Assessment Iran Not Seeking Nukes
The CIA has reportedly found no conclusive evidence Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. In a new article for the New Yorker magazine, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports a secret CIA draft assessment has challenged White House assumptions on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and complicated efforts to build momentum for a military strike. A former senior intelligence official said Vice President Dick Cheney is leading the charge to discount the CIA’s view. The official said: “They’re not looking for a smoking gun. They’re looking for the degree of comfort level they think they need to accomplish the mission.” Cheney is also said to have told a White House meeting one month before the mid-term elections a Democratic victory would have little effect on the administration’s decision to go to war. Just last week, Israel’s outgoing Ambassador to the US -- Danny Ayalon -- told an Israeli newspaper President Bush will not hesitate to use force to stop Iran’s nuclear activities."
HRW: Saddam Hussein Trial “Fundamentally Unfair”
Human Rights Watch is calling the recent trial of Saddam Hussein “fundamentally unfair.” In a new report released today, Human Rights Watch says the trial was undermined by interference from the Iraqi government and failure to allow an open hearing of evidence and witnesses.
Study: 93% of Gitmo Prisoners Deemed “Enemy Combatants” Without Evidence, Witnesses
A new study of hundreds of hearings where Guantanamo prisoners were deemed “enemy combatants” has found the US military called no witnesses, withheld evidence and reached speedy verdicts usually within one day. The study was overseen by Seton Hall professor Mark Denbeaux, and his son Joshua. Both represent Guantanamo detainees. The hearings were held before a panel of three officers with no defense attorney present. Out nearly of five hundred and sixty detainees, all but thirty-eight were ruled enemy combatants.