Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 2:59 pm
An exterior view of the Office of the National Register for Secret State Information, or ORNISS, which stores confidential information and ensures only authorised people gain access to it, taken in Bucharest on December 8.
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That the Central Intelligence Agency had a so-called "black site" in Romania was well known. It was known that it was in one of those secret prisons that intelligence officials conducted harsh interrogations with major Al-Qaida operatives, including Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammad.
Today, the result of a joint investigation with German public television, the AP reports it has found the site where Mohammad was held and interrogated. And it's not where you would think it is. The AP reports on the prison in Bucharest known as "Bright Light":
Newt Gingrich <a href="http://media.npr.org/assets/multimedia/2011/12/gingrich/Feb_12_1994.pdf">used these lecture notes</a> and similar pamphlets as part of the 1994 college course that became central to a later House ethics investigation.
Newt Gingrich once called himself "the most seriously professorial politician since Woodrow Wilson."
But that was 1995, and the "Contract with America" co-author had just helped to propel Republicans into power in the House for the first time in 40 years, and Gingrich himself into the speaker's role. Even the rarely modest Gingrich had reason to gloat.
Just two years later, of course, he had become the first speaker ever punished by the House for ethics violations, and the end was in sight for both his leadership and congressional career.
Calling someone a "rat" is no compliment, but a new study shows that rats actually are empathetic and will altruistically lend a helping paw to a cage mate who is stuck in a trap.
Not only will rats frantically work to free their trapped cage mate; they will do so even when there's a tempting little pile of chocolate chips nearby, the study reveals. Instead of leaving their pal in the trap and selfishly gobbling the candy all by themselves, rats will free their cage mate and share the chocolate.
Attorney General Eric Holder got a bruising reception from the Republican-dominated House Judiciary Committee that put the Justice Department on the defensive.
Holder answered questions about the botched gun trafficking operation known as "Fast and Furious" in which federal agents tried to build cases against drug cartels. Instead, they lost track of hundreds of weapons that turned up at crime scenes along the Southwest border.
Christopher Miller samples sediments from an excavation site in South Africa. Archaeologists found layers upon layers of burned bedding material, indicating that the hunter-gatherers who lived here 77,000 years ago stayed for a long time.
Credit Courtesy of Lyn Wadley
In archaeology, you get special bragging rights when you can lay claim to the oldest specimen of something.
Scientists in South Africa may now qualify for what they say is the world's oldest bed. Well, not a bed exactly, but more like a mattress made of grass.
What Lyn Wadley, an archaeologist at the University of Witswatersrand, found were mats of grass and sedge piled half an inch thick on the floor of a cavelike rock shelter in South Africa.
A Frankfort man charged with stealing flat screen TVs from stores in three counties was arrested Wednesday. A tip led the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to arrest Seth Witherby, 34, for shoplifting in Anderson, Scott and Franklin counties, Sheriff Pat Melton says. His accomplice is still at large. “They were going into department stores, and walking out the front door with flat screen TVs,” Melton said.
A Berea College professor has apologized for a racially charged comment he made on Twitter earlier this week. Jason Cohen, an English professor, sent out a tweet that said, "Given a student named TeQuilla, are my worst assumptions unavoidable? #s--tmystudentsmakemethink that at the end of the semester, I'm right."
Lexington police hope a web site coupled with a 25-dollar reward will help them catch financial criminals. The division of police has signed up with a web site firm which posts pictures of suspects, victims, and witnesses. Sergeant Jody Stowers hopes Lexington area citizens will peruse I-D-this-person-dot-com .
A cannon shot from the Kentucky Military History Museum will officially kick off the inaugural parade for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in downtown Frankfort. More than 4,150 parade participants, including 54 high school marching bands, will travel up Capital Avenue toward the Capitol where Gov. Beshear will take the oath of office at 2 p.m. for his second term as the state’s 61st governor.