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'Losing patience'

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Sen. Pat Roberts questions the motives of those who want an investigation into whether the CIA is sending terror suspects to countries that practice torture.[(Washington Post) CIA, White House Defend Transfers of Terror Suspects:][1] The CIA and the White House yesterday defended the practice of secretly transferring suspected terrorists to other countries, including some with poor human rights records, and reiterated that proper safeguards exist to ensure detainees are not tortured. ... Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who sits on the committee and is also the chairman of the Senate intelligence panel, weighed in: "I have to tell you I am losing a little patience with what appears to me to be an almost pathological obsession with calling into question the actions of men and women who are on the front lines of the war on terror."Other links:Sam Brownback links [(AP) Brownback Sponsors Cord Blood Stem Cell Program:][2] Kansas Senator Sam Brownback is cosponsoring a bill to establish a national cord stem cell program. The legislation would set up a board of directors to monitor a nationwide network of cord blood stem cell banks. Cord cell blood stem cells are used to treat a variety of diseases. [(Wired News) Divide Undercuts Clone-Ban Effort:][3] On Thursday, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) reintroduced a bill to ban human cloning that has failed to pass twice since 2001. The bill would ban both reproductive cloning, which would lead to a baby, and therapeutic cloning of the type researchers believe could lead to treatments for human diseases. How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][4] [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45119-2005Mar17.html [2]: http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/1379092.html [3]: http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,66940,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1 [4]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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