Wednesday, January 21, 2009

wednesday reads

Only hours after taking office, President Barack Obama late Tuesday ordered Pentagon prosecutors to seek a 120-day freeze in war crimes trials of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — his first action toward fulfilling a campaign pledge to close the controversial prison camp.

In an interview on Tuesday evening with the German television program “Frontal 21,” on channel ZDF Professor Manfred Nowak, the United Nations Rapporteur responsible for torture, stated that with George W. Bush’s head of state immunity now terminated, the new government of Barack Obama was obligated by international law to commence a criminal investigation into Bush’s torture practices.

Linsay Beyerstein: Lawmakers & Lobbyists Celebrate Inauguration

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanual yesterday sent a memorandum to stop all pending regulations until they could be reviewed by the Obama administration.

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