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NSA Intercepts Violate Limits; Report Questions Pentagon's Brain-Trauma Focus; Passport Probe Reveals Flaws

POSTED: 09:43 AM ET, 04/16/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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I hope, had I known about [waterboarding] at the time I was serving, I would've had the courage to resign. But I don't know. It's in hindsight now."
Richard Armitage, Former Bush Official Calls Waterboarding Torture

NSA Intercepts Violate Limits » The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, though Justice Department officials say steps have been taken to rectify compliance issues with the surveillance program. — New York Times, Washington Post

Pentagon's Brain-Trauma Focus Questioned » Symptoms blamed on mild traumatic brain injuries are likely are due to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or substance abuse, according to two Army researchers who say an overemphasis on brain injuries keeps troops with those conditions from being properly treated. — USA Today

Passport Probe Reveals Flaws » The State Department has taken steps to tighten controls after an undercover investigator for the Government Accountability Office was able last month to obtain two U.S. passports by using bogus information. — Washington Post

Spain Rejects Torture Probe » Spain's attorney general has rejected an attempt to bring a criminal case against six former U.S. officials over torture allegations at Guantanamo Bay. The officials, including former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, were accused of giving a legal justification for torture at the U.S. detention center. — BBC

House Ethics Panel Working 10 Cases » The new independent ethics panel created to help the House police itself has started 10 reviews of lawmaker misconduct, but hasn't gotten to the point of deciding whether to refer any matters to the House ethics committee. — The Hill

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By Amanda Zamora |  April 16, 2009; 9:43 AM ET The Daily Read
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