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Video: ‘I can’t breathe!’ Minor sent to prison mistreated by police

Jamie was put in an adult prison at the age of 17 for a non-serious offence. Lawyers say that’s virtually unheard of, with teenagers usually sentenced to … Via Youtube

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Video: Amnesty intl slams all 50 US states for lacking laws on police use of lethal force

Amnesty International has accused all 50 US states of failing to safeguard its citizens against lethal police violence. International standards, found in the United … Via Youtube

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Obama Is 100% Opposed to Accountability. But the Problem Goes Even Deeper …

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama has blocked accountability, everywhere he can. (1) Obama did it for the top officials who had caused illegal tortures to be used by the Government. (2) Obama did it also for the top officials ...

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UK Government Wants Immunity in Torture Case

Abdel Hakim Belhaj wants to sue British agencies and former foreign secretary Jack Straw. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Lawyer acting for Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who was tortured in Libya after MI6-aided abduction, says case has profound implications Richard Norton-Taylor The government is determined to prevent ministers and officials from being accountable to the courts for colluding in wrongdoing ...

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Stop Guantanamo terror trials, says Obama

Newly-installed President Barack Obama wasted no time in getting down to business today after his administration requested a halt to controversial military trials at Guantanamo Bay. Hours after his historic inauguration as the first black president of the United States, ...

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Cheney hints at pardon for President Bush

BNN | With the Bush administration in its final days questions are being asked whether the president will be investigated over a number of concerns. Thoseconcerns include the legitimacy, legality, and constitutionality of the 2003 invasion of Iraq; the controversial ...

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Why We Must Prosecute Bush and His Administration for War Crimes

By Mike Ferner During the rush to get the Nuremberg Tribunals underway, the Soviet delegation wanted the tribunal’s historic decisions to have legitimacy only for the Nazis. U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Robert Jackson, serving as the chief prosecutor for the ...

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US lawmaker accuses Bush of secrecy over Iraq deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is refusing to make public the security pact it has signed with Iraq, even though it has already been published in full in an Iraqi newspaper, a congressional hearing was told Wednesday. Defense Secretary ...

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Will International Law Reach Bush?

By Peter Dyer | Q: What do Radovan Karadzic, former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, and George W. Bush have in common? A: Each lives under the slowly growing shadow of a body of international criminal law. This law ...

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British NASA hacker to face U.S. trial

LONDON (Reuters) – A British computer expert faces up to 70 years in jail after losing his fight on Wednesday against extradition to the United States, where he is accused of “the biggest military hack of all time”. Gary McKinnon ...

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Justice report faults illegal use of politics in hiring federal prosecutors, judges

RAW STORY | A new Justice Department report concludes that politics illegally influenced the hiring of career prosecutors and immigration judges, and largely lays the blame on top aides to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Monday’s report singles out the department’s ...

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Court Backs Bush on Military Detentions

By ADAM LIPTAK | President Bush has the legal power to order the indefinite military detentions of civilians captured in the United States, the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled on Tuesday in a fractured 5-to-4 decision. But a second, ...

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Sweden passes ‘Big Brother bill’

Press TV | Swedish lawmakers vote in favor of a controversial bill allowing all emails and phone calls to be monitored over ‘security issues’. Lawmakers voted late on Wednesday on one of the most divisive subjects in Sweden in recent ...

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LAW SCHOOL TO ORGANIZE BUSH WAR CRIMES TRIAL

By Sherwood Ross | A conference to plan the prosecution of President Bush and other high administration officials for war crimes will be held September 13-14 at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover . “This is not intended to ...

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High Court: Gitmo Detainees Have Rights in Court

By MARK SHERMAN | The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts. The justices handed the Bush administration its third setback at ...

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John Major to speak against 42 day terror law

By Rosa Prince | Sir John Major, the former Prime Minister, is preparing to make a rare intervention into domestic policies by speaking out against Government plans to increase detention without trial to 42 days. In private, Sir John has ...

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U.S. defends removal of Guantanamo judge

By Michelle Shephard | The military judge in charge of the U.S. war crimes trials at Guantanamo Bay is defending the removal of the army colonel who presided over Omar Khadr’s case as critics of the process and the Canadian ...

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New High In U.S. Prison Numbers

By N.C. Aizenman | More than one in 100 adults in the United States is in jail or prison, an all-time high that is costing state governments nearly $50 billion a year and the federal government $5 billion more, according to ...

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Students Denied Legal Aid

SchNews | Reckon students are all bone-idle skiving filth who haven’t even got the wit to tie their shoelaces properly? Well then you’d be in disagreement with Judge Parsons (of Brighton magistrates). He’s just refused legal aid to seven students ...

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Bush Administration Sued for Allowing Use of Pesticides

By Jo Hartley | Environmental and farm worker groups have now sued the Bush administration for allowing the continued use of four pesticides. They claim that the government brushed aside its own evidence that the chemicals are toxic to workers, ...

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Bush Administration Policies Making Work Less Safe

By Leo W. Gerard | In the heart of Pennsylvania, while the media still relentlessly plagued Senators Obama and Clinton about flag pins and memory lapses just before the primary, a machine at an ArcelorMital plant in Steelton crushed Roger ...

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White House Influence Is Cited in Corruption Trial

By Eric Lipton | A prominent Illinois Republican Party leader may have tried to use his friendship with the former White House political aide Karl Rove to push for the ouster of the United States attorney in Chicago, a federal ...

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Bush Using NAFTA to Eliminate Laws

By Greg Palast |Psst! George Bush has a secret. While you Democrats are pounding each other to a pulp in Pennsylvania, the President has snuck back down to New Orleans for a meeting of the NAFTA Three: the Prime Minister ...

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Should flawed war-crimes court be scrapped?

McClatchy-Tribune News Service | The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Thursday, April 17:  The boycotts of hearings by terror suspects is the latest challenge to the war-crimes court at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. So many issues have cropped ...

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How Corporations Took Over The Supreme Court

The headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, located across from Lafayette Park in Washington, is a limestone structure that looks almost as majestic as the Supreme Court. The similarity is no coincidence: both buildings were designed by the same ...

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Human rights activist on trial in China

BEIJING – Hu Jia, a human rights activist and commentator, was tried in a Beijing court yesterday on charges of inciting subversion against the Chinese government through his writings on the Internet. Hu’s lawyer, Li Fangping, said the Beijing No. ...

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Burrell ‘took bloodstained ring from Diana’s body’

Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell took a bloodstained engagement ring off her dead body and kept it, her inquest heard today. Michael Faux, who worked as Burrell’s bodyguard, said he had been “disgusted” after hearing the revelation. He told the ...

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Vets Break Silence on War Crimes

U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are planning to descend on Washington from Mar. 13-16 to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in those countries. By Aaron Glantz “The war in Iraq is not ...

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Anti SOCPA Campaigners To Assert Right To Protest

In response to the recent Home Office consultation titled ‘Managing Protest around Parliament’, which threatened further restrictions on demonstrations throughout the UK, a second day of action [1] called by the Campaign for Free Assembly will take place on Saturday ...

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Secrecy: Update laws on openness

The Clarion-Ledger “It being essential to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government and to the maintenance of a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner, and that citizens be ...

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“Surge” in War Crimes?

U.S. Army unit Probed for killing Iraqi prisoners The US Army has opened a criminal investigation into an allegation of “battlefield deaths” of detainees captured by a US brigade that operated last year in southwest Baghdad, an army spokesman said. ...

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Former US congressman indicted

An ex-congressman is indicted for his part in an alleged terrorist fundraising and accused of sending $130,000 to a Taliban supporter. A US grand jury indicted ex-Republican congressman from Michigan, Mark Deli Siljander, with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice. ...

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MI6 asks for gagging order in murder trial

David Leigh and Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian The Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, is behind a virtually unprecedented attempt to hold a British murder trial in secret, the Guardian can disclose. The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, has been asked to sign ...

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De Menezes shooting trial jury out

A jury on Wednesday retired to consider its verdict in the trial of the Metropolitan Police over the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. The force is accused of a “catastrophic” series of errors leading to the death of the ...

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Judge rules internet spying illegal

By Iain Thomson A US judge has ruled that the FBI cannot spy on people’s internet and telephone use without a warrant. Judge Victor Marrero, of the District of Columbia, determined that the rules under the Patriot Act that allowed ...

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Lie detectors target benefit claim cheats

The Observer Benefit claimants and job seekers could be forced to take lie detector tests as early as next year after an early review of a pilot scheme exposed 126 benefit cheats in just three months, saving one local authority ...

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