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Sunday, March 29, 2009


Court Weighs Opening Probe of 6 U.S. Officials

A Spanish court has agreed to consider opening a criminal case against six Bush administration officials, including former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales, over allegations that they gave legal cover for torture at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a lawyer in the case said Saturday.

Human rights lawyers brought the case before leading anti-terrorism Judge Baltasar Garzón, who agreed to send it on to prosecutors to decide whether it has merit, said Gonzalo Boye, one of the lawyers who brought the charges.

The other officials are Douglas J. Feith, former undersecretary of defense for policy; David S. Addington, chief of staff for then-Vice President Richard B. Cheney; Justice Department officials John Yoo and Jay S. Bybee; and Pentagon lawyer William J. Haynes II.


Vast Hacker Setup Cited

A cyber-spy network based mainly in China has tapped into classified documents from government and private organizations in 103 countries, including the computers of Tibetan exiles, Canadian researchers said Saturday.

"We uncovered real-time evidence of malware that had penetrated Tibetan computer systems, extracting sensitive documents from the private office of the Dalai Lama," investigator Greg Walton said.

The Information Warfare Monitor research group said that although its analysis points to China as the main source of the network, it has not conclusively been able to detect the exact identity or motivation of the hackers.


Tibet Rule Celebrated

China celebrated 50 years of direct control over Tibet with a lavish Buddhist conference featuring a rare appearance by Beijing's handpicked Buddhist leader -- underscoring efforts to promote its image as a protector of the faith.

The Tibetan government-in-exile said on its Web site that the new holiday is aggravating problems in the region and would be a day of mourning for Tibetans worldwide.

A police station in China near Tibetan-populated areas was attacked early Sunday, leaving two police officers hurt, the New China News Agency reported.

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