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April 21, 2009
Posted: 1806 GMT

Hello everyone,

We have a new story topping our rundown at the International Desk.

About an hour ago, U.S. President Barack Obama made comments regarding those interrogations techniques used against terrorism suspects during the Bush administration years.

Mister Obama said last week, when the Justice Department published memos detailing the interrogation methods, that he did not support prosecuting CIA agents.

But about an hour ago, the American president said he could support a congressional investigation into the lawyers who wrote the memos legalizing now banned techniques like waterboarding.

We're live at the top of the hour at the White House.

Also, we're going to be covering the legal case against one of the suspected Somali pirates who earlier this month held the American captain held hostage in the Gulf of Aden for 5 days.

We're live outside in New York with the latest on the case against the teenager. We're also talking live to Omar Jamal of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center. He says he's helping the youngster get a fair trial. In fact, there's still a question surrounding the suspected pirtate's real age. He may be as young as 16. If he is a minor, real ethical questions will arise about what to do with him.

We'll discuss all angles.

That and more at the top of the hour.

See you on TV!

Hala

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Jan   April 22nd, 2009 2:15 am ET

Is President Obama cracking up under the pressure of his office? Isn't consistency (even the moronic consistency of a George Bush) essential for certitude in political office?

Goran   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 am ET

The answer is no ...But as we can see, and I do believe,that the president is under pressure, though, i don't believe, that this sort of pressure, on a political level, will deter the president, from continuing his positive attitude,and strive, and open minded approach, on internal policy, or international policy ...Even more,we would like to say,that we, encourage, and firmly support, this positive attitude,of the US President and we can now say that we believe, that this will be an attitude widely accepted, and supported throwout the world...
Positive energy, a free investment, in a better world...Stay positive,love from macedonia...Thank you.

Adin   April 22nd, 2009 1:33 pm ET

Every person and every CIA agent, including lawyers, members of Bush administration and George Bush himself should be prosecuted, in my opinion, for torture. I like Obama and I support him, but he is wrong about not prosecuting those agents. Torture is NOT GOOD, not even when it brings good intelligence results. It is illegal, I believe it violates Geneva conventions, it is immoral, unethical. Start with yourself, just imagine yourself being tortured by someone, you would not like that, right?

Daniel Ezekiel   April 26th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

Now the question is what is President Obama going to do about the Local cases of violation and abuse by Police force. I am talking specifically about Steffy Hope's case, where Swanson and his team abused, violated and sexually assaulted this poor victim and commited further perjury during the trial!. Will Obama enforce regulations to bring criminal cops to justice ?

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