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Senate Hears Testimony On Torture Policy

A key Senate subcommittee is set to hear testimony today on the torture policies of the Bush administration. The hearing, to be held by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, will feature testimony from former ...

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Congress Resists Guantánamo Releases

As lawmakers amped up the outcry against releasing Guantánamo “terrorists in our neighborhoods,” France agreed to accept a “cleared” Guantánamo prisoner and human rights groups continued to press for release of 17 Chinese Uighurs the U.S. government has declared to ...

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‘Smart’ cameras doing job of human eyes

The surveillance cameras at Big Y, a Massachusetts grocery chain, are not just passively recording customers and staff. They’re studying checkout lines for signs of “sweethearting.” That’s when cashiers use subtle tricks to pass free goods to friends: obscuring the ...

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Pentagon eyes new anti-missile technology

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is redirecting its missile defence efforts by winding down multibillion-dollar programmes aimed at destroying enemy missiles very soon after they take off. The move away from “boost-phase” intercept programmes was announced as part of President Barack Obama’s ...

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22 protesters arrested at Obama speech

Former Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes and 21 other protesters were arrested this morning when they refused to leave the Notre Dame campus during a protest of President Obama’s upcoming commencement address there, authorities said. Keyes and the others ...

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USA using Patriot Act against its own citizens

Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby’s bedroom in his mother’s Granville County home is nothing, if not patriotic. Images of American flags are everywhere on the bed, on the floor, on the wall. But according to the United States government, the tenth-grade home-schooler ...

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US accused of violating its amnesty in Iraq

US-allied anti-Qaeda militia leader says his arrest violates amnesty deal with Americans. BALAD, Iraq – A senior anti-Qaeda militia leader allied with American forces said on Monday that his arrest was a violation of an amnesty deal signed with the ...

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Torture Was Used to Try to Link Saddam with 9/11

By Marjorie Cohn | When I testified last year before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties about Bush interrogation policies, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz) stated that former CIA Director Michael Hayden had confirmed ...

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Bomb-proof CCTV

Depressing news for extremist privacy lovers today: a cheap CCTV camera which can reliably survive a large bomb explosion with video recordings intact has been developed. It’s no longer possible to cover one’s tracks by simply blowing everything up. News ...

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Torture Worked to Sell the Iraq War

Three cheers for Dick Cheney. The former vice president has urged, however rhetorically, that the Obama administration release more of the torture memos. “One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they ...

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CIA ‘Ghost Prisoners’ Missing

By William Fisher | At least three dozen detainees who were held in the CIA’s secret prisons overseas appear to be missing – and efforts by human rights organizations to track their whereabouts have been unsuccessful. The story of these ...

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Torture orders ‘came from the top’

TOP US officials, not a “few bad apples” of low rank, were behind harsh military interrogation tactics that spread from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan to Iraq, a new Senate report says. The Senate Armed Services Committee’s 261-page report, the fruit ...

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US-Trained Human Rights Abusers

President Barack Obama has reversed a few of the Bush administration’s most egregious policies violating human rights and international law, such as the announced closure of the detention center in Guantánamo. But it remains to be seen to what extent ...

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FBI database use to remain secret

Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database that allows agents and analysts to search a billion documents with a wealth of personal information ...

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Judge rejects bid to derail wiretap challenge

A San Francisco federal judge rejected on Friday the Obama administration’s attempt to derail a challenge to former President George W. Bush’s electronic surveillance program by withholding a critical wiretap document. President Obama’s Justice Department had appeared to defy a ...

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Obama presidency keeps some Bush secrets

WASHINGTON – Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database that allows agents and analysts to search a billion documents with a wealth of ...

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Release The Torture Memos

Newsweek: “As reported by NEWSWEEK, the White House last month had accepted a recommendation from Attorney General Eric Holder to declassify and publicly release three 2005 memos that graphically describe harsh interrogation techniques approved for the CIA to use against ...

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Prosecuting American War Crimes

Did Americans commit war crimes by torturing detainees at Guantanamo Bay or at secret prisons scattered around Europe? Barack Obama doesn’t want to know. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was one of many who felt confident he would never face ...

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CIA Has 3,000 Docs on Torture Tapes

The CIA has about 3,000 documents related to the 92 destroyed videotapes that showed “war on terror” detainees being subjected to harsh interrogations, the Justice Department has disclosed, suggesting an extensive back-and-forth between CIA field operatives and officials of the ...

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Obama’s Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth

By DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN and SCOTT RASMUSSEN | It is simply wrong for commentators to continue to focus on President Barack Obama’s high levels of popularity, and to conclude that these are indicative of high levels of public confidence in the ...

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US: Cluster Bomb Exports Banned

Legislation signed into law on March 11, 2009 by President Obama will make permanent a ban on nearly all cluster bomb exports by the United States, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States should review its stance on joining ...

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UN experts to investigate secret U.S. jails

Two UN human rights experts said on Tuesday that they would conduct a global investigation of secret detention centers used by the United States and other countries in their counter-terrorism efforts.     The yearlong investigation is aimed not only to clarify ...

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FBI terrorist watch list hits 1 million entries

By Patrick Martin | The FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center acknowledged this week that there are more than 1 million names on its official terrorist watch list, a number that suggests the vast scale of the police-state measures undertaken by the ...

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1 in 50 Children in US is Homeless

By Cynthia Hubert | In and out of classrooms, sleeping in shelters, shielded by parents, homeless children can seem invisible to society at large. A national study released Monday finds that one in 50 children in America is homeless. They’re ...

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Detailed Report On Patriot Act Abuses

The American Civil Liberties Union released a comprehensive report today examining widespread abuses that have occurred under the USA Patriot Act, a law that was rushed through Congress just 45 days after September 11. In the almost eight years since ...

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The Bottomless Bailout

By Ralph Nader | Does anybody in the federal government know or could know “who, what, where and when” of the massive, complex, vertical, horizontal, global collapse of Wall Street and its planetary tentacles in over 100 countries abroad? Step ...

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Obama’s backsliding on torture

guardian.co.uk | Not long ago, I marched across the gravel of Guantánamo Bay‘s Camp Echo with two overstuffed grocery sacks and tramped up the stairs of the hut where a prisoner sat, shackled and waiting. A guard swung open the grate. ...

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Store banned from displaying First Amendment

By Phil Leggiere | In hearing on sign ordinance forbidding murals and other signage on storefronts, a topic covered here recently, city of Clearwater defends its decision to forbid businesses from posting the  words of the First Amendment on their ...

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Who Said Slavery Has Ended?

Called human trafficking or forced labor, modern slavery thrives in America, largely below the radar. A 2004 UC Berkeley study cites it mainly in five sectors: — prostitution and sex services – 46%; — domestic service – 27%; — agriculture ...

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