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This Texas District Attorney Candidate Says Family Violence Is ‘Overrated’

As the top law enforcement officer (should he win) in Harris County, Texas, one would hope Lloyd Oliver would prosecute domestic violence with all due zeal, but the Democratic candidate told The Texas Observer the crime is “so, so overrated” and equated abuse to a tap on the hand.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Lee Baca to Step Down From L.A. County Sheriff Post

After 48 years in the department, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is hanging up his hat at the end of January as federal probes continue into allegations of prisoner abuse in local jails and racial discrimination in an area over which his office presides.

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Boy Scout ‘Perversion Files’ Detail Years of Sexual Abuse

The Boy Scouts of America has been forced to release more than 20 years of secret files that reveal numerous child sex abuse allegations within the organization.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Bully’: Zooming In on Childhood Demons

Is bullying on the rise in schools around the country?  I don’t know. You don’t know. And, most important, Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary “Bully,” doesn’t seem to know either.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Damian Dovarganes

Los Angeles Removes Entire Staff From Troubled School

In the wake of two independent molestation scandals at one of L.A.’s poorest elementary schools, school district Superintendent John Deasy announced that he is temporarily replacing the entire staff—teachers, administrators, janitors—while he tries to make sense of the situation. (more)

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of the Penn State scandal.

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Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of Penn State.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

The Shame in Happy Valley

Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno said, “I did what I was supposed to.” In fact, nobody at Penn State did what basic human decency requires—and as a result, according to prosecutors, an alleged sexual predator who could have been stopped years ago was allowed to continue molesting young boys.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



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ACLU Cites Abuses, Demands L.A. County Sheriff Step Down

The ACLU has demanded the resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca after the civil rights organization issued a report that he had willfully ignored a growing culture of violence and abuse by jail deputies against inmates. (more)

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Kucinich Demands a Visit With Pfc. Manning

In a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has demanded an opportunity to meet with Bradley Manning, the Army private who allegedly passed documents to WikiLeaks, over concerns that Manning has been abused while in government custody.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 READ MORE


Parenting: To Push or Not to Push

I come from a family where the “joke,” if you came home with a 97 on a math test, was to ask what happened to the other three points.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE



‘Pedophile’s Guide’ Author Arrested

The author who gained national attention last month by selling his self-published “Pedophile’s Guide to Love & Pleasure” on Amazon has been arrested on obscenity charges. Authorities are concerned that the book advocates illegal behavior, a familiar challenge to free speech protections.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Dear Abusive Travelers, TSA Workers Are People, Too

Seriously, people, it’s not like John Q. TSA Worker woke up this morning jonesing to goose you. The union that represents the unfortunate patters-down says its members have been subjected to verbal abuse and even acts of physical violence since the new travel rules took effect.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


Torture in Iraq Continues, Unabated

Combat operations in Iraq are over, if you believe President Barack Obama’s rhetoric. But torture in Iraq’s prisons, first exposed during the Abu Ghraib scandal, is thriving, increasingly distant from any scrutiny or accountability.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Inching Away From Bullfighting and Its Macho B.S.

Catalonia has imposed a 2012 ban on the tradition, which is losing support throughout Spain. Could this toxic mix of blood lust and male preening finally be on its way out?

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / David Vincent

FIFA Drops Probe Into N. Korea’s Alleged Abuse of Team

FIFA announced Wednesday it has closed its inquiry into widespread reports that North Korea punished its soccer team and coach after their poor showing at the World Cup. (continued)

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


Balls and Chains

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White House / Shealah Craighead

Vatican Says Bishops Aren’t Employees

In an effort to keep a rising legal flood below the chin, the Vatican is prepared to argue that bishops are not employees of the church, therefore the church shouldn’t be held responsible for their sometimes nefarious behavior related to allegations of sexual abuse. We’re not lawyers, but that seems pretty ridiculous.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE


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European Catholic Clergy Faces Fallout From Sex Scandal

Two more high-profile figures are paying the price for their parts, however direct or oblique, in the child abuse scandal still rippling through the ranks of the Catholic church. By Thursday, the Vatican had officially retired ...

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE



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The Secret Police of Los Angeles: Daryl Gates’ Paranoid Legacy

The former L.A. police chief, who died Friday, was notorious for presiding over a racist and brutal department (it had a nasty habit of strangling and shooting unarmed suspects to death), but he also had more than 200 spies keeping tabs on city bigwigs. One was even dispatched to Russia and Cuba, reports David Cay Johnston. (continued)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Shealah Craighead

Pope on a Rope: Favorability Rating Falls in U.S. Poll

Pope Benedict XVI hasn’t exactly won the hearts and minds of Americans in recent weeks, according to the results of a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Friday, which showed the wear and tear of the ongoing clergy sex scandal on the pope’s public standing ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE


What Would Benedict Do?

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Boy Scouts of America Loses in Abuse Lawsuit Trial

An Oregon jury on Tuesday hit the Boy Scouts of America with a $1.4 million verdict and potentially a lot more in punitive damages. Jurors determined that the national organization was negligent in the case of an assistant Scoutmaster who had admitted to abusing Scouts. (continued)

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Penance Demands Action

At its holiest time of the year, the Roman Catholic Church is being forced to confront a more worldly riddle: What did the Holy Father know, and when did he know it?

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Vatican: Pope Has Immunity in Abuse Cases

On Thursday, the Vatican’s top legal official pointed out that Pope Benedict XVI won’t be implicated in any of the sex abuse cases currently under investigation, as he is technically a head of state. Also, the Vatican would like The New York Times to “reconsider its attack mode” regarding the pope.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


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How the Pope Can End the Scandal

As the church rightly teaches, acknowledging the true nature of our sin is the one and only path to redemption and forgiveness.

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The Woods Shed

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No Lawyers for Swiss Animals

In a referendum in which 70 percent voted “no,” the people of Switzerland have decided against a proposed law that would have assigned lawyers to defend animals in court. In its defense, Switzerland already has comprehensive animal rights laws, though many feel the vote was a cat-astrophe.

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE


Domestic Violence: A Pre-Existing Condition?

March is Women’s History Month, recognizing women’s central role in society. Unfortunately, violence against women is epidemic in the United States and around the world.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Sang Tan

Britain Reveals ‘Inhuman’ Treatment of U.S. Prisoner

Against the wishes of the U.S. government, British authorities released information Wednesday about the “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment of former Guantá namo Bay prisoner Binyam Mohamed. The abuse allegedly took place in 2002 in Pakistan, following Mohamed’s capture and prior to his internment at Gitmo.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Soldier Accused of Waterboarding 4-Year-Old Daughter

Police have charged an American soldier with assaulting his young daughter. Specifically, Joshua Tabor of Tacoma, Wash., is reported to have waterboarded his 4-year-old three or four times because she was afraid of water and had trouble with her ABCs.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Australia Sorry for Abuse of Castoff Kids

In the decades after World War II, some 10,000 British children were separated from their families and exiled to Australia, where many were physically and sexually abused and some were put to work in what were effectively child labor camps. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2009 READ MORE



thisislondon.co.uk

U.K. Probes Alleged Abuse of Iraqis by Soldiers

The British Defense Ministry is investigating 33 cases of alleged abuse of Iraqi civilians by its soldiers. Many of the allegations, which include sexual attacks and torture, reflect U.S. soldiers’ acts depicted in photos from the infamous Abu Ghraib prison.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Won’t Buckle Under on Torture Inquiry

Seven former heads of the CIA formally requested that President Obama halt an ongoing inquiry into suspect abuse (aka torture) by the agency, arguing that important CIA work would be hampered by such an investigation. Obama didn’t bite, claiming that “nobody’s above the law.” Except George W. Bush, it seems.

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 READ MORE


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More Ex-Detainees Allege Abuse

More than two dozen former detainees at the Bagram military base in Afghanistan say they were beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened with dogs while under U.S. supervision there between 2002 and 2008. None of the detainees were ever charged, and some got apologies upon release.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


Texas Cop Tasers a Great-Grandmother

After pulling over a speeding driver, a Texas deputy decided he wasn’t getting the proper level of cooperation and used his Taser gun. Perhaps he didn’t realize he was dealing with a 72-year-old woman half his size.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Insult to Injury for Irish Church Abuse Victims

Although the Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse found some 2,000 people who described the abuse they suffered at the hands of Catholic church officials in Ireland, resulting in a five-volume study (download the PDF version here), the alleged perpetrators have been shielded from prosecution, thanks to a successful lawsuit that protects their identities.

Posted on May 20, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Reneges on Torture Photo Release

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama went back on his administration’s previous plan to release photos reportedly showing prisoner abuse at American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Team Obama may also follow in the Bushies’ footsteps by detaining some prisoners “on U.S. soil” and “indefinitely and without trial,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on May 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Pastor Says Border Patrol Worked Him Over

Pastor Steven Anderson of Tempe, Ariz., says he was Tasered, assaulted and denied medical treatment after he refused to submit to a search by Border Patrol officers at an immigration checkpoint east of San Diego. The ACLU has called the area a “Constitution-free zone” where such abuse has become commonplace.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 READ MORE



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Economy Hits Parents, Parents Hit Kids

State agencies across the country are reporting a rise in child abuse and neglect as the economy deteriorates. Also, law enforcement officials, looking at past recessions, are predicting an increase in abuse. As parents with dwindling resources fall prey to their demons, state safety nets simply can’t stand up to the increased strain.

Posted on Apr 15, 2009 READ MORE


Lawsuit Says Church Used Alaska as a Dumping Ground for Pedophiles

A new lawsuit alleges that the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church sent problem priests to remote Alaskan villages, where their crimes would have a reduced chance of discovery. A former monk and advocate for sex abuse victims told the Anchorage Daily News, “They were specifically targeting the Athabascan and the Yup’ik cultures, because they wouldn’t talk.”

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Hatem Moussa

Israel’s ‘Crime Against Humanity’

Israel’s siege of Gaza, largely unseen by the outside world because of Jerusalem’s refusal to allow humanitarian aid workers, reporters and photographers access to Gaza, rivals the most egregious crimes carried out at the height of apartheid by the South African regime. It is meant to break Hamas, but will only breed future generations of militants.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008 READ MORE


Torture Report Points the Finger at Rumsfeld

A bipartisan report released by Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain blames former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other high-level officials for interrogation abuses. Based on an 18-month investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee, the report determined that prisoner abuse “was not simply the result of a few soldiers acting on their own,” as the administration has claimed.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE


Paddling Persists in U.S. Schools

According to a study by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, plenty of schoolteachers still spank and swat their students, particularly in the South. Researchers found that black, Native American and special-education students were especially vulnerable to corporal punishment.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich Tilts at Impeachment

You cannot find a more complete and compelling indictment of the Bush administration than the Ohio representative has presented in his 35 articles of impeachment.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


Defense Auditors Can’t Keep Up

Thanks to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the privatization of the military and the surge in defense spending since 9/11, individual Pentagon auditors now have to keep track of more than three times as much money as they did 10 years ago. Because of limited resources, the Defense Department inspector general revealed in a recent report, about half of the military’s $316 billion weapons budget went under the radar last year.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


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