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The Scapegoats of Abu Ghraib?; Report: Contractors Behind Waterboarding Program; One Town's Take on Big Banks

POSTED: 10:23 AM ET, 05/ 1/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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The Scapegoats of Abu Ghraib? » When the photos of detainee abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq surfaced in 2004, U.S. officials portrayed Army Pvt. Charles A. Graner Jr. as the ringleader of a few low-ranking "bad apples." But Graner's lawyer contends that recently-released Justice Department memos show how guards were made scapegoats for policies approved at high levels. — Washington Post

Report: Contractors Behind Waterboarding Program » According to current and former government officials, the CIA's secret waterboarding program was designed and assured to be safe by two well-paid psychologists now working out of an unmarked office building in Spokane, Washington. — ABC News

Hearings Sought in Merill Deal » House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) took a new stance on investigating the involvement of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve in Bank of America Corp.'s purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co. Thursday, saying there "probably should be hearings." — Wall Street Journal ($)

One Town's Take on Big Banks » Last year, Indio, Calif., passed a law that allowed it to charge banks with a criminal misdemeanor if they allowed a home to fall into disrepair. "If I need to do it, I'll say, 'Mr. Bank President, if you don't come and take care of your property, we're going to come arrest you,'" says Brad Ramos, Indio's long-serving police chief. — Wall Street Journal ($)

Flu Readiness Varies » More than two dozen states, including Maryland, as well as the District, have not stocked enough of the emergency supplies of antiviral medications considered necessary to treat victims of swine flu should the outbreak become a full-blown crisis, according to federal records. — Washington Post

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» Senate Refuses to Let Judges Fix Mortgages in Bankruptcy (NYT)
» SEC charges former Citi banker with fraud (Reuters)
» Former Countrywide CEO to stand trial in Broward (BizJournals)
» Report: DOJ Official Breached Ethics Rules (ABC)
» Ex-Rep. Says Campaign Manager Embezzled Funds (NYT)
» Stanford tries to surrender to federal authorities (AP)
» FDA warns of botulism with unapproved use of Botox (AP)
» Report: Some World Bank Health Programs Ineffective (WaPo)

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