Mark Seibel

BP intends to burn thousands of barrels of oil it can't store

BP is planning to burn as much as 10,000 barrels of crude a day captured from the Deepwater Horizon well in an effort to maximize the amount of oil that can be recovered by ships currently floating above the spewing well. The goal is to be able to continue to pull as much oil from the Gulf as possible without having to worry about offloading the oil to drilling barges. | 06/09/10 22:47:00 By - Mark Seibel

Judge orders another Guantanamo detainee freed

U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr., ordered the Obama administration to "take all necessary and appropriate diplomatic steps" to free Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman. Kennedy ordered the administration to report back on its progress April 1. Uthman is the 33rd detainee to have successful sued for his release in U.S. federal court. | 02/25/10 13:13:14 By - Carol Rosenberg and Mark Seibel

Task force created to combat al Qaida in Afghan prisons

The Obama administration took steps Thursday to confront a troubling al Qaida presence in Afghanistan's prison system, announcing the creation of a military task force to oversee detention operations there and naming a prominent military lawyer to be its deputy commander. The Afghan prisons, including a U.S-operated detention center at Bagram Air Base, help create future insurgents, McChrystal said. | 10/01/09 20:35:00 By - Mark Seibel

CIA official: No proof harsh techniques stopped terror attacks

Undercutting assertions by former vice president Dick Cheney and other former Bush administration officials, the CIA inspector general in 2004 found that there was no conclusive proof that waterboarding or other harsh interrogation techniques helped the Bush administration thwart any "specific imminent attacks". | 04/24/09 20:22:00 By - Mark Seibel and Warren P. Strobel

New polls: Pennsylvania's sewed up; Ohio, Florida close

Two new sets of polls, one from Quinnipiac University, the other from Marist University, indicate Pennsylvania is clearly in Barack Obama's camp. But they differ on whether Ohio is too close to call — something Quinnipiac said is true about Florida. Men back McCain. Women support Obama. | 10/29/08 13:48:44 By - Mark Seibel

Bush officials' 'lack of recall' thwarted Tillman, Lynch probes

In a report released Monday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said it was thwarted in its efforts to determine whether Bush administration officials intentionally hid the details of Patrick Tillman's friendly fire death and Jessica Lynch's capture. The committee said top Bush administration officials showed "a near universal lack of recall" when asked about the incidents, which were widely misreported. | 07/14/08 14:08:54 By - Mark Seibel

Report: U.S.-led coalition has little influence in southern Iraq

Security is so poor in parts of southern Iraq that U.S. and coalition civilian officials are unable to meet regularly with many of their Iraqi counterparts, a U.S. government report released Thursday says. | 10/18/07 10:16:00 By - Mark Seibel

Dissent and discussion: Casualties in Iraq

A story by Pentagon Correspondent Nancy A. Youssef that we published on Sunday sparked a huge outcry in the blogosphere this week. Here's a more in-depth look at the story and some of the criticism of it. | 09/06/07 14:42:40 By - Mark Seibel

Middle East already planning for Bush's departure

With 17 months to go in President Bush's second term, political leaders in the region are anticipating his departure and preparing for change. A series of interviews found a startling level of disappointment, disdain and distrust, even among people who profess to be friends of the United States or have strong ties to America. | 08/11/07 06:00:23 By - Mark Seibel

U.S. officials: Militias main threat to Iraq

Despite President Bush's recent insistence that al Qaida in Iraq is the principal cause of this country's violence, senior American military officers say Shiite Muslim militias are a bigger problem, and one that will persist even if al Qaida is defeated. | 07/31/07 16:24:00 By - Mark Seibel and Leila Fadel

House panel authorizes subpoenas in the U.S. attorneys controversy

A House subcommittee authorized subpoenas for top White House aides Wednesday amid new questions about President Bush's involvement in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. | 03/21/07 03:00:00 By - Ron Hutcheson and Mark Seibel

Administration leaving out important details on Iraq, 1/14/07

President Bush and his aides, explaining their reasons for sending more American troops to Iraq, are offering an incomplete, oversimplified and possibly untrue version of events there that raises new questions about the accuracy of the administrations statements about Iraq. President Bush unveiled the new version on Wednesday during his nationally televised speech announcing his new Iraq policy. | 01/14/07 03:00:00 By - Mark Seibel

Co-chairmen of 9-11 commission criticize federal response to storm

The Bush administration should have realized that Hurricane Katrina was a catastrophe of national proportions and mobilized federal troops and equipment even before the storm struck, the co-chairmen of an independent investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks said Wednesday. Anyone watching that storm knew it was going to affect Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, said Lee Hamilton, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana. This is not a disaster for the mayor of New Orleans to deal with. | 09/14/05 03:00:00 By - Mark Seibel

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