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Official Cites Detainee Torture, New Bias Alleged at Justice Dept., Geithner Grilled on Taxes

POSTED: 09:56 AM ET, 01/14/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Official: Detainee Was Tortured » Susan J. Crawford, a retired judge who was named convening authority of military commissions by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in February 2007, is the first senior Bush administration official responsible for reviewing practices at Guantanamo to publicly state that a detainee was tortured. Meanwhile, a former military prosecutor has filed a declaration in support of an Afghan detainee, citing chaos in the handling of Gitmo terror cases. — Washington Post

Political, Racial Bias Alleged at Justice » A former Justice Department official entrusted with enforcing civil rights laws refused to hire lawyers whom he labeled as "commies" and transferred another attorney for allegedly writing in "ebonics" and benefiting from "an affirmative action thing," according to an internal investigation released yesterday. — Washington Post

Geithner Grilled on Taxes » Timothy F. Geithner, Barack Obama's choice to oversee the Internal Revenue Service, spent yesterday explaining to senators how he made almost $43,000 worth of mistakes on his own tax returns, complicating what had been a smooth confirmation process. Meanwhile, as hearings begin for Transportation Secretary nominee Ray LaHood, watchdog groups cite concern over the former congressman's unapologetic advocacy of earmarks, a practice Obama opposes. — Washington Post

UnitedHealth Pays $50M in Fraud Case » Ending a practice doctors say underpaid them and led to higher costs for patients, UnitedHealth Group has agreed to pay $50 million to establish a new database to set payment rates. — Chicago Tribune, AP

Report Faults Iraq Contract » A $722 million contract to rebuild Iraq's oil and gas production facilities was marked by multiple changes, cost overruns, failure to meet schedules and lack of oversight, according to a new inspector general's report. — Washington Post

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By Amanda Zamora |  January 14, 2009; 9:56 AM ET The Daily Read
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