Senators want John Brennan to reform CIA interrogation practices
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — It may be business as usual for incoming CIA chief John Brennan, who was was unprepared this week to discuss a recent classified U.S. Senate report on the agency’s detention and interrogation program, but that stance doesn’t sit well with at least a handful of senators, who plan to grill Brennan about the report at his confirmation hearing next week.
Among them is Mark Udall, Colorado’s senior Democratic senator, who has often expressed concerns and questions over whether U.S. Intelligence agencies are violating civil rights and U.S. laws in some of their programs.
Colorado senator says Americans would be alarmed if they knew how the law is being used, votes against re-authorization
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Saying that the three most controversial provisions of the PATRIOT Act threaten Americans’ constitutional freedoms, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall this week voted against reauthorization of the counter-terrorism measure.
Udall, a member of the Intelligence and Armed Services committees, says he supports the intent of the PATRIOT Act and believes the government should have the power to conduct surveillance and keep Americans safe. But three key sections of the law need to be amended to guard against government abuse, he said.
State Sen. Dan Gibbs is in Washington, D.C. this week to testify in support of a measure that could speed up the pipeline for some local forest projects
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — State Sen. Dan Gibbs is in Washington, D.C. this week to testify in support of a forest health bill that could speed Forest Service efforts to clear beetle-killed trees on national forest lands around Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne.
The hearing is set for Tuesday afternoon before a U.S. Senate Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee.
The National Forest Insect and Emergency Disease Act is co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican Sen. James Risch of Idaho. It would enable the Forest Service to designate critical areas to clarify where the agency can streamline approvals for logging projects.
The measure could also help the Forest Service use provisions of the federal farm bill to offer incentives to companies seeking toconvert dead trees into biofuel.