| Dec 17, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Last week the papers were overflowing with stories about a Senate committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture to extract information from terrorists -- known or just suspected terrorists.
Those stories were shortly followed...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 1:28 PM
Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture." But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious —...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 9:13 PM
To the editor: I am appalled that The Times provided a forum to John Yoo, who drafted the Bush administration memos that enabled torture. He is unrepentant in his defense of the torture memo that allowed the pain, degradation and humiliation of human...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 11:31 AM
Opponents for the local congressional election next week offered their views on issues facing the area and the nation, from bipartisanship to gun control.
Both political parties are beholden to special interests and well-funded industry lobbyists, said...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 10:00 AM
To Napa Valley winemakers, the idea of a giant casino or big-box store sprouting up amid their carefully manicured vineyards is almost too distressing to consider.
But an effort now underway to reform federal rules governing recognition of Native...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 7:40 PM
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein threatened Monday to ask President Obama to create two national monuments in the Mojave Desert, without approval of Congress, if lawmakers again fail to pass legislation protecting the land.
Feinstein said Monday she wants...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Although U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein — two of California's most experienced political figures — remain popular, a majority of state voters say they should not run for reelection, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 11:04 AM
The U.S. government has taken precautionary measures to shore up its facilities around the world before release of a congressional report criticizing CIA interrogation methods.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there was a greater security risk to...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 3:20 PM
The most extensive review of U.S. intelligence-gathering tactics in generations is set to be made public Tuesday, reigniting a post-9/11 public debate over the use of torture to combat terrorism.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s much-...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 10:03 AM
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy released a statement Tuesday after the release of a new report detailing the brutal and stomach-churning interrogation methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency against terrorism suspects in the aftermath of the Sept. 11...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 10:11 AM
President Obama sought Tuesday to soften the impact of a new Senate committee report on the use of waterboarding and other brutal methods of interrogation in the U.S. response to terrorist attacks and threats, pledging publicly that he would try to make...