“Mexico is our friend and our neighbor. We want them to thrive.” Obama said the crime against the missing students has “no place in civilized society.” The case has ignited indignation across Mexico and around the world over the fact that the students disappeared at the hands of a corrupt local government and that federal authorities took 10 days to intervene. Some have called for President Enrique Pena Nieto to resign. Obama said he spoke with Pena Nieto last month when both leaders attended an international economic summit in Australia and that the Mexican president “recognizes the outrageous tragedy this represents.” Mexico’s attorney general said 80 people have been arrested so far in the case, including 44 police officers from the cities of Iguala and Cocula and former Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca, who is under investigation for ordering the Sept. 26 attacks.
Obama banned use of the tactics shortly after taking office nearly six years ago. The report concludes that the CIA deceived government officials and the public with its steadfast insistence that the tactics, employed during the period that followed the deadly 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S., had saved lives. The report says the CIA’s own records fail to back up the agency’s claims. Obama said the report makes clear that the interrogation program was created too hastily and without enough thought about potential consequences. “The CIA set up something very fast without a lot of forethought to what the ramifications might be,” he said.
Obama Thanks Afghans for OKing Bilateral Treaty – ABC News
troops to stay in the country after this year. The White House says Obama spoke by video conference Tuesday with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah . They spoke shortly after the release of a Senate report on harsh interrogation techniques the U.S. used during the George W. Bush administration. The report includes details of interrogations at a facility referred to as COBALT, which is understood as the CIA’s “Salt Pit” facility in Afghanistan.
Obama fills in for Stephen Colbert – CNN.com
Colbert hosted a roast for then congressman — and later Chicago mayor — Rahm Emanuel in 2008. Colbert, a South Carolina native, has ties with Chicago, having gone to college at Northwestern, in nearby Evanston, and worked in the city’s comedy scene. Colbert’s awards haul isn’t limited to Emmys and Peabodys. In 2010 he won a Grammy for his Christmas album, and four years later won another for best spoken-word album. In September 2010, Colbert testified at a hearing on immigration. He took time to webblog chat with Phil Glaize, chairman of the U.S.
Obama reassures Latinos on immigration action – CNN.com
In back-to-back interviews Tuesday with networks that reach Spanish-speaking audiences, the President assured viewers that there is enough public support for his policies to carry over into a new administration, making it unlikely that they will be deported. “The American people believe that if you’ve done things the right way, then you shouldn’t be punished for it,” Obama said in an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart. “You’re not gonna see Democrats or Republicans who suggest that we’re gonna treat worse the people who did the right thing compared to those folks who don’t register, don’t go through a criminal background check and haven’t been paying their taxes,” he said. POTUS stays on the immigration offensive Speaking to viewers who qualify for a path to citizenship under his executive action, the President vowed, “You can register, and you can be assured you won’t be deported.” “We are going to make sure that families — people who are working and responsible in their communities — are not prioritized for deportation,” Obama said. “So the likelihood of their deportations are going to be much lower.” A former constitutional law professor, the President detailed what gave him the legal authority to act on immigration now without Congress’ approval — a move he once said he didn’t have the authority to do.