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In the latest bout over who was in the know about torture, President Obama's nominee for Homeland Security intelligence chief, Philip Mudd (above), withdrew from consideration on Friday before having to disclose his involvement in the CIA's interrogation practices. John O. Brennan, who was the leading candidate to head the CIA, withdrew from consideration for the top post because of similar reasons last November.

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The official paper trail about torture has apparently caught up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has claimed that she wasn't aware of the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on suspected al-Qaida operatives -- but it now seems that she may well have been among the first to know.

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