EU seeks probe on secret prisons

TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2006

STRASBOURG, France – European Union lawmakers said Monday they were looking into the possibility of questioning senior CIA and Bush administration officials as part of their investigation into whether the U.S. held terror suspects at secret prisons in Europe.

Some deputies acknowledged that the European Parliament cannot subpoena U.S. officials to testify, however, and suggested sending a delegation to the United States to speak with officials there.

One of the EU lawmakers, British Liberal Democratic Sarah Ludford, said they could also seek to speak with former members of U.S. or other intelligence services who might be able to help their inquiry, which so far is relying largely on unconfirmed press reports.

Allegations the CIA hid and interrogated key al-Qaida suspects at Soviet-era compounds in Eastern Europe were first reported Nov. 2 in the Washington Post. The 732-member EU legislature agreed two weeks ago to launch its own investigation.


Marshals accused of drug smuggling

HOUSTON – Two U.S. air marshals face federal drug charges accusing them of using their positions to smuggle narcotics through airport security and onto planes for transport, federal prosecutors said.

Shawn Ray Nguyen, 38, and Burlie L. Sholar III, 32, were arrested Feb. 9 after an informant delivered 33 pounds of cocaine and $15,000 in “up front money” to Nguyen’s Houston home, authorities said. They were ordered to remain in federal custody until a bond hearing Thursday.

Authorities said Nguyen recruited Sholar and the two planned to smuggle 33 pounds of cocaine aboard a plane bound for Las Vegas in exchange for $67,500.


Lawyers’ group criticizes spying

The American Bar Association denounced President Bush’s warrantless domestic surveillance program Monday, accusing him of exceeding his powers under the Constitution.

The nation’s largest organization of lawyers adopted a policy opposing any future government use of electronic surveillance in the United States for foreign intelligence purposes without first obtaining warrants from a special court set up under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The 400,000-member ABA said that if the president believes the FISA is inadequate to protect Americans, he should ask Congress to amend the act.

Bush and his administration have defended the program, saying it is allowable under both the president’s constitutional powers and the congressional measure authorizing him to go to war in September 2001.


Woman gives birth to teen’s son

A woman accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy she later married gave birth to the couple’s child over the weekend, the woman’s lawyer said Monday.

Lisa Clark, 37, gave birth to a 7-pound, 9-ounce boy Saturday, Daniel Sammons said.

The baby could be put in state custody unless Clark can arrange for a friend to take temporary custody, Sammons said. Clark was discharged from the hospital and returned to jail. She is being held without bond.

Clark’s teenage husband turned up in Ohio earlier this month after disappearing from a juvenile home in Georgia. It was not immediately clear where he was Monday.

Clark and the boy she is accused of molesting married in November. Georgia law allows children of any age to wed if there is a pregnancy.

Clark had been free on bond but was arrested again last week after authorities said she had been communicating with her husband.

Compiled from wire reports


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