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CIA knew it had the wrong man, but kept him anyway

Khaleed al MasriBy January of 2004, when German citizen Khaleed al Masri arrived at the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret prison in Afghanistan, agency officials were pretty sure he wasn’t a terrorist. They also knew he didn’t know any terrorists, or much about anything in the world of international terror.

In short, they suspected they’d nabbed the wrong man.

Still, the agency continued to imprison and interrogate him, according to a recently released internal CIA report on Masri’s arrest. The report claims that Masri suffered no physical abuse during his wrongful imprisonment, though it acknowledges that for months he was kept in a “small cell with some clothing, bedding and a bucket for his waste.” Masri says he was tortured, specifically that a medical examination against his will constituted sodomy.

TVNL Comment:  If nothing else, the CIA has been consistent in its criminality.

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Ohio May Move Forward With Voter Purge, Federal Court Rules

Voter purge in Ohio allowed to continueA federal judge in Columbus, Ohio sided with the state Wednesday night and upheld their ongoing practice of purging millions of inactive voters from the rolls.

The American Civil Liberty Union had challenged the purge, saying the Republican Secretary of State’s methods have disproportionately impacted voters of color, the poor, and Democrats.

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Wildfires engulfing the west coast are fueled by climate change, experts warn

Wildfires in CA fueled by climate changeScorching wildfires that are raging throughout the American south-west are being fueled by climate change and require new strategies from states to prevent ever-greater destruction of people’s lives and property, a group of experts have warned.

High temperatures, drought and wind have combined to create a number of fires that have caused at least two deaths in California. The first large wildfire of the summer has this week broken out in northern California, burning through more than 1,200 acres and threatening thousands of homes in an area around 50 miles north-east of Sacramento.

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Federal Judge Blocks Indiana Abortion Law

Indiana abortion law reversedA federal judge blocked an Indiana law Thursday that would have banned abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities, saying that the state does not have the authority to limit a woman's reasons for ending a pregnancy.

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction sought by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, which argued that the law was unconstitutional and violated women's privacy rights. The law was set to take effect Friday.

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VA suicide hotline workers ripped for failing vets

Suicide hotline failing vetsMore than a third of troubled veterans are not getting through to the best trained suicide-hotline staffers because of poor work habits at the Department of Veteran's Affair's call center, according to VA emails obtained by USA TODAY.

Some workers handle only one to five calls each day and leave before their shifts end even though phone lines have gotten busier, the emails say. As a result, 35% to 50% of the calls roll over to back-up centers where workers have less training to deal with the emotional problems of former servicemembers.

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Pentagon lifts ban on transgender troops

Transgender ban lifted in militaryDefense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that the military will no longer discriminate against transgender troops, knocking down one of the last barriers to service based on sex.

The move, nearly a year in the making, came despite last-minute concerns were raised by top brass about how to deal with the medical, housing and uniform issues for troops who are transitioning to the other sex.

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Iraqi, U.S. airstrikes destroy 500 Islamic State vehicles fleeing Fallujah

Coalition aristrikesHundreds of Islamic State vehicles fleeing the city of Fallujah have been destroyed by airstrikes in recent days, killing an unknown number of militants.

On Sunday, Iraqi security forces said the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from IS control. On Monday, the Iraqi military, aided by the U.S.-coalition, began targeting militants fleeing Fallujah through the south of the city. CNN reported more than 500 vehicles have been destroyed in the operation that was still underway Thursday.

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Turkey airport bombers from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, 13 arrested

Airport terroristsTurkish officials said the three suicide attackers who targeted Istanbul Ataturk Airport on Tuesday were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Turkish police said they arrested 13 people in connection to the airport gun and bomb attack that left at least 42 dead and hundreds injured.

Police, in 16 raids across Istanbul, detained the suspects Thursday. The police department's anti-terror branch is continuing its search for three other suspects in Turkey's most populated city. Another nine people were arrested in the coastal city of Izmir, although it is not clear if they are related to the airport attack.

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Somalia: Roadside bomb kills at least 18 on bus

Somai bus attack kills 18At least 18 civilians were killed when a roadside bomb went off in Somalia, close to the capital, blowing up a packed minibus, police said.

The blast on Thursday in Lafole, which is around 20 kms west of Mogadishu, struck as the bus was passing by. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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