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John Rizzo: Thirty Years As The CIA's Lawyer

As one of the most prominent CIA lawyers in U.S. history, John Rizzo oversaw some of the agency's most controversial programs, from interrogation techniques that included waterboarding to targeted drone strikes. He joins Kojo to discuss his 30-year career with the American spy agency.


Honoring A Japanese-American Who Fought Against Internment Camps

On Thursday, Illinois and three other states are honoring Fred Korematsu, the late civil rights activist. Korematsu, a Japanese-American, was arrested for not relocating to an internment camp following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He challenged the arrest and his case was heard by the Supreme Court.

The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Syrian Opposition Group Treads New Territory In Geneva

The opposition group Syrian National Coalition took considerable heat from inside Syria when it decided to meet with government representatives at the Geneva peace talks. But after several days, coalition members say they're pleased to find their star is rising among Syrians. The talks have also been a kind of trial by fire for the coalition, which says its ability to make its case is improving daily. Syrians also seem fascinated to see government officials caught in face-to-face confrontations with the opposition.

Is The U.S. Leaving A Leadership Void In The Middle East?

Robert Siegel explores the question with NPR's Michele Kelemen and Deb Amos, of whether the United States is disengaging diplomatically from the Middle East and whether that's creating a power void.

De Blasio Drops Appeal Of 'Stop And Frisk'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio moved toward fulfilling a major campaign promise on Thursday: he announced the city will settle a long-running lawsuit against the police department's stop-and-frisk policy. A federal judge last year found that the NYPD violated the civil rights of blacks and Latinos with its aggressive tactics. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration appealed the ruling, but de Blasio won a landslide electoral victory in 2013 partly by promising to reform the stop-and-frisk policy. Now, some New Yorkers are worried about a possible rise in crime.

An Unusual Coalition Helps Mandatory Minimum Bill Clear Senate Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would lower mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses and allow judges to use more discretion when determining sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

Report: Syrian Government Has Demolished Entire Neighborhoods

Human Rights Watch says neighborhoods in the capital, Damascus, and the city of Hama were targeted by the government because they were opposition strongholds.

Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda

The American actress has stepped down as a goodwill representative for Oxfam International. She came in for criticism after agreeing to serve as a spokeswoman, and appear in a Super Bowl ad, for an Israeli company that produces at-home soda-makers in the occupied West Bank.

U.S.: Syria Behind Schedule On Dismantling Chemical Stockpile

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel echoed concerns expressed by the international watchdog group overseeing the operation that Syria is not meeting deadlines for handing over dangerous chemicals.