Washington - Leon Panetta, who as CIA director oversaw the U.S. operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said the job could have been done without resorting to controversial interrogation methods that some have said constitute torture.(Snip) "I think we could have gotten Bin Laden without that," Panetta added in response to a question about what the interviewer called enhanced interrogation or torture. Panetta did not elaborate on how this might have been done, but said most of the intelligence used to find bin Laden had been stitched together without resort to enhanced interrogation.
Washington - Last summer, as the fighting in Syria raged and questions about the United States’ inaction grew, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton conferred privately with David H. Petraeus, the director of the C.I.A. The two officials were joining forces on a plan to arm the Syrian resistance. (Snip) “Secretary Clinton has dramatically changed the face of U.S. foreign policy globally for the good,” said Richard L. Armitage, deputy secretary of state during the George W. Bush administration. “But I wish she had been unleashed more by the White House.” In an administration often faulted for its
With Super Bowl 2013’s kickoff two hours away, and San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens fans free to flow into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the government’s restrictions on air traffic have gone into effect. That means that the small airplanes towing advertising banners over the downtown area in recent days are supposed to be grounded effective 3:30 p.m. But they appeared to disappear from the skies an hour earlier. As part of the security plan set up for the game, no unauthorized air traffic is allowed within a 10-mile radius of the Superdome, up to 18,000 feet, until 11:59 p.m.,
New Orleans — Power went out at the Superdome early in the third quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday with the Baltimore Ravens leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6. The majority of lights failed shortly after Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown. There was 13:22 left in the quarter. The teams remained on the field, with players stretching and trying to stay warmed up, including the Ravens' Joe Flacco and Ed Reed. Cheerleaders kept going through their routines There was a public address announcement for fans to stay in their seats.
Beyonce channeled her Sasha Fierce alter-ego on stage at the half-time Super Bowl show this evening as a surprise reunion of Destiny´s Child wowed the crowd in New Orleans. Launching the show with a strong performance of ´Crazy in Love´ complete with a guitar flaming as it played out its solo, Beyonce proved her doubters wrong by singing live one week after the controversy over her lip-synching at the Presidential Inauguration. In a massive surprise for the tens of millions watching at home, Beyonce was joined by Destiny´s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams who sang with the diva
Phil Mickelson held off a last-day charge by fellow American and playing partner Brandt Snedeker to end a week of scintillating golf with a four-shot triumph at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday. Left-hander Mickelson birdied three of the last six holes to close with a four-under-par 67 at the TPC Scottsdale, completing a wire-to-wire victory with a record-tying 28-under total of 256 to clinch his 41st PGA Tour title. The 42-year-old Californian, who never relinquished his grip after taking control of the tournament with a stunning first-round 60, joined Arnold Palmer, Gene Littler and Mark Calcavecchia
President Barack Obama on Sunday said Scouting should be open to gay members. Details to come. The Scouts´ national leadership is mulling scrapping the mandatory exclusion of gay members. Instead, the group could allow different religious and civic groups that sponsor Scout units to decide for themselves how to address the issue — either maintaining the exclusion or opening up their membership. Even though the Irving-based Boy Scouts reaffirmed the no-gays policy just seven months ago, the proposal is expected to be discussed, and possibly voted on, at the meeting of the Scouts´ national executive board,
Washington - The Israeli attack last week on a Syrian convoy of antiaircraft weapons appears to have also hit the country’s main research center for work on biological and chemical weapons, according to American officials who are sorting through intelligence reports. While the main target of the attack on Wednesday appears to have been SA-17 missiles and their launchers — which the Israelis feared were about to be moved to Hezbollah forces in Lebanon — video shown on Syrian television appears to back up assertions that the research center north of Damascus was also damaged.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Sunday more tax revenue would be needed in the coming years to reduce the U.S. deficit but raising tax rates was not a key issue. "I don´t think the issue right now is raising rates," Obama said in an interview on CBS. "There is no doubt we need additional revenue, coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit. And we can do it in a gradual way so that it doesn´t have a huge impact," he said. At the beginning of the year Obama pushed through legislation
HOUSTON—Dallas-area police have arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting Saturday of former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and a second man at a north Texas shooting range. Late Saturday, Lancaster, Texas, police arrested Eddie Ray Routh, 35, a man they say matches the description of the suspect wanted in connection with the slaying of Kyle and another man at a resort shooting range in Glen Rose in Erath County, about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Israel intends to declare a buffer zone inside the Syrian border to prevent terrorists from getting too close to its territory when the embattled Damascus regime topples, security sources quoted by the AFP news agency said on Sunday. "There´s a plan in the military´s northern command for the ´day after´ according to which, when Bashar Assad is no longer president of Syria, there´s a fear that terror elements will try to approach the fence," the sources told AFP. "So they want to create some sort of buffer zone within Syrian territory, and let everyone know.
Out of the roughly 37 companies spending a combined $300 million on commercials this Super Bowl Sunday, one country outside of the U.S. stands out: Korea. Korean firms and even Korean culture are going to be everywhere this Sunday night as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. Samsung will have an ad for mobile devices featuring Hollywood stars Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd. Kia will school us on where babies come from and show us a kick-ass female robot. She will probably be very sexy. Hyundai will air three different ads,
Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel was an omnidirectionally embarrassing debacle for everyone involved. First there were the Senate Republicans who seethed with such theatrical contempt for Hagel and his ideas you would have thought the president had nominated Noam Chomsky for the post (who, incidentally wouldn’t be my first choice to head the Pentagon but who I’d take over Donald Rumsfeld in a heartbeat). Republican senator after Republican senator threw questions at Hagel that even by the debased standards of a nominating hearing
Embattled President Bashar al-Assad accused Israel on Sunday of trying to destabilize Syria following reported attacks on a weapons convoy and a military research base outside Damascus last week. Assad vowed that his regime will retaliate as his allies rushed to denounce the strike which threatened to take the conflict beyond Syria’s borders. Syria’s state news agency SANA said Assad made the remarks in a meeting with Saeed Jalili, Iran’s national security council secretary, at a meeting in the Syrian capital. It was Assad’s first reported response to Wednesday’s attack.
NEW ORLEANS - The Super Bowl closes a tumultuous year for the NFL. Suicides by former NFL players. Thousands of others filing concussion lawsuits. New studies linking football to brain disease. Still no testing for human growth hormone. The specter of other purported performance-enhancing products — deer-antler spray, anyone? — being peddled to players. A pay-for-pain bounty scandal. A lockout of officials resolved only after a ludicrous game-ending call. Zero minority hires for 15 coach or general manager openings. And yet the league is as popular as ever. Advertisers paid nearly $4 million per 30-second
The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party has begun. On one side is the Tea Party. On the other side stand Karl Rove and his establishment team, posing as tacticians while quietly undermining conservatism. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the “biggest donors in the Republican Party” have joined forces with Karl Rove and Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, to create the Conservative Victory Project. The Times reports that this new group will dedicate itself to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts ..
Like Thomas-John on “Girls,” the Super Bowl is a unicorn, that rarest of creatures. It’s the one remaining television event that attracts pretty much every household, a fact most other networks tacitly acknowledge by airing repeats or, in the case of HBO, making its popular Sunday night shows available early for on-demand viewing. (That includes the episode of “Girls” in which Thomas-John calls himself a unicorn.) But you know those Brits — they just don’t understand the popularity of American football. So PBS is standing its ground and airing the new installment of British import “Downton Abbey”
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that some of the information that was used to locate and kill Osama bin Laden was attained using torture. The admission comes after months of speculation about the role that waterboarding plays in CIA interrogations following its graphic depiction in the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty. ´In order to put the puzzle of intelligence together that led us to Bin Laden, there were a lot of pieces out there that were a part of that puzzle. Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics
President Obama will give a live interview to CBS before it airs the Super Bowl on Sunday. At 4:30 pm, Obama will field questions from CBS´s Scott Pelley, continuing a long-standing tradition of providing interviews to the network airing the NFL championship, usually the most-watched television event of the year. Last year, Obama spoke with Matt Lauer before NBC broadcast the big game. Pelley told The New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will talk pigskin with the president, but also has a range of "serious questions" to tackle.
Brownells is an economic developer’s dream: a fast-growing, homegrown Iowa business that treats workers like the neighbors they are, eagerly donates to a passing community hat, and grooms leaders who sit on city boards and holler from soccer game benches. The Montezuma-based supplier of firearm accessories, ammunition and supplies also stands on the front lines of a national debate over gun control — selling controversial high-capacity ammunition magazines and parts for semi-automatics like the AR-15.
In celebration of its 100th birthday, the bad old days have returned to Grand Central Terminal. Droves of homeless people are flooding the landmark again — even as workers prepared for last week’s centennial celebration. On a windy Wednesday, The Post spotted at least 40 hobos in search of free eats and a warm place to flop.(Snip) In scenes reminiscent of the 1980s, one man picked through the garbage, rewarding himself with a half-eaten slice of pizza and a bag of nuts. A woman snored loudly as she slept,
The inventor of the Etch A Sketch, the famous red toy that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over, has died in France.vThe Ohio Art Co. based in Bryan said Saturday the 86-year-old Andre Cassagnes died Jan. 16 in a Paris suburb. The cause wasn’t disclosed. Ohio Art president Larry Killgallon says the company will always be grateful for an invention that brought joy to so many. The Toy Industry Association says Cassagnes came upon the Etch A Sketch idea in the late 1950s. He peeled a translucent decal from a light switch plate and found
Together, President Obama and his Democrat majority in the Senate hold the lion´s share of power in Washington. They have the capacity — right now — to solve the spending problem that is chasing good jobs overseas and causing so much anxiety about our future. They can stop a debt crisis. A budget is a logical place to start. Passing a budget is one of the most basic responsibilities of governing. But the Senate has failed to fulfill this responsibility for nearly four years. In that time, our debt has risen to the point that it now exceeds
Funnyman Jim Carrey joins a long list of celebrity liberals who think the lives of those who share a different philosophy than theirs may not be worth all that much. Just consider the hate that poured out from the Left when former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant. In Carrey´s case, he views citizens who embrace the legal right to arm themselves as, well, let the "Ace Ventura" star take it from here: (Tweet) Fellow Twitter users quickly fired back at the comic actor, who has yet to respond
For more than three decades, Chinese women have been subjected to their country´s brutal one-child policy. Those who try to have more children have been subjected to fines and forced abortions. Their houses have been razed and their husbands fired from their jobs. As a result, Chinese women have a fertility rate of 1.54. Here in America, white, college-educated women—a good proxy for the middle class—have a fertility rate of 1.6. America has its very own one-child policy. And we have chosen it for ourselves. Forget the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff, the sequestration cliff and the entitlement cliff.
The Boy Scouts of America are in the news again, for the only thing they ever seem to be in the news for anymore: their attitudes toward homosexuals. Next week, the Scouts will hold a vote that´s widely expected to end the blanket ban on gays joining as members or holding adult leadership. By most accounts, the century-old organization will probably let individual chartering groups—many of which are churches—decide whether homosexuals can join and help run their troops.