USA Today on the differences between Presidents Obama and Bush in the first 100 days of the Obama presidency.
Torture Debate: The FBI says leads on catching the perpetrators of the September 11th attacks were obtained without the use of torture. The FBI learned from prisoner Abu Zubaydah that Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks and FBI agents familiar with the case said they got that information by bonding with the prisoner as he recovered from a gunshot wound- not by torturing him. In some ways this is a conflict between the FBI, who used traditional law enforcement techniques to get information and the CIA, who used tactics such as waterboarding unsuccessfully. The CIA waterboarded Khalid Sheik Mohammed 183 times but never got any concrete information on Osama bin Laden. President Obama has rescinded White House approval to use techniques that violate the Geneva Conventions. The Justice Department is investigating Bush era officials who approved torture, NPR.
Interesting Op-Ed in the New York Times calling for the end of university education as we know it. Mark Taylor, chair of the religion department at Columbia, argues that graduate degrees are “the Detroit of higher learning,” putting students massively in debt for degrees that are not actually in demand.
Still little information on the Parente murder-suicide. We now know that William Parente’s wife and two daughters died by blunt force trauma and asphyxiation. William Parente cut himself and bled to death on the bathroom floor of the Towson Sheraton hotel room where the family was stying. The FBI has opened an investigation into Parente’s financial dealings, WBAL. Our previous update on the Parente murder-suicide.