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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


Court Sides With Polygamists

Government agents had no legal right to seize hundreds of children from a Mormon fundamentalist compound in Texas, an appeals court has ruled. The government argued that the children were suffering abuse, but the court decided the children had been in no immediate danger.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Destroying a Village of Pedophilia

As the dust settles from the recent roundup of allegedly abused children from a fundamentalist retreat, some are asking whether saving these kids is worth the human cost.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


Benedict’s Discomforting Message

The pope came to the U.S. as a quiet but forceful critic of “an increasingly secular and materialistic culture.” Almost any American who paid attention to his sermon Thursday had to be uncomfortable because all of us are shaped by the very forces he was criticizing.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Ratzinger
AP photo / Gregorio Borgia

Coming to America

The pope is set to land Tuesday for a whirlwind visit to America, his first since assuming the mantle of the Roman Catholic Church. A spokesman has indicated that Benedict XVI will address the church’s sex abuse scandal, a topic around which protests are expected.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Maher

Bill Maher vs. the Pope

The “Real Time” host uses the recent raid on a polygamist compound to point a finger at the Vatican, which he calls “the Bear Sterns of organized pedophilia—too big to fail.” This wasn’t one of Maher’s more applauded closing numbers, but it’s not one you should miss.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Rampant Sex Abuse Alleged at Polygamist Compound

A grim picture is emerging from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints compound in West Texas, where 416 children have been removed to state custody and 139 women have left. Court documents allege widespread sexual abuse of teenage girls who were married at puberty to much older men by the polygamist sect.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Seven Years of Scandal

The latest plot twists are stunners, even as they unfold against the scandalous backdrop of the Bush administration’s sorry regulatory record.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Jordan
bbc.co.uk

U.S. Army Officer Cleared in Abu Ghraib Case

The disgrace brought on the U.S. by members of the military who participated in the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison will likely linger for some time, but one of the key Army figures involved in the case, Lt. Col. Steven Jordan (pictured), has been cleared of any serious charges from the 2003 scandal.

Posted on Jan 12, 2008 READ MORE


Congress Summons CIA Director

CIA Director General Michael Hayden has been summoned by Congress and will appear Tuesday and Wednesday before the Senate and House Intelligence committees to answer questions about the destruction of secret CIA videotapes that documented the abuse of detainees. The White House counsel, meanwhile, has ordered press secretary Dana Perino to keep quiet on the matter.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Peace Protest
AP photo / Bela Szandelszky

Why We Resist

The refusal to pay my taxes if we go to war with Iran, and the portion of my taxes spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if we do not cut off funding for these two conflicts, is not a means. It is an end. I do not know if my refusal, and the refusal of others, will be effective in halting these wars. All I know is that it is worth doing.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Oprah’s Learning Curve

I can’t summon any schadenfreude for Winfrey, just sympathy—both for her good intentions and her determination to live up to them. And I pity anyone foolish enough to stand in her way.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


Diego Garcia
guardian.co.uk

Britain to Investigate ‘CIA Black Site’

The British government’s Foreign Affairs Committee will look into charges by a number of sources, including human rights groups and a retired U.S. general, that sovereign British land has been used as a CIA “black site” prison. The island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, has been leased to the United States and is the site of an American military base but remains British territory.

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 READ MORE


Sweeping Our Inhumanity Under the Rug

By simply deciding that something is a “state secret,” the Bush government has avoided answering for its brutal treatment of innocent victims in the war on terror.  This is a perversion of the principle of American justice.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


detainees
inthesetimes.com

Guantanamo: Still Abusing After All These Years

Despite fleeting promises by the administration to shut the place down, the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba is still up and running, complete with many of the terrible conditions we’ve all come to know and be ashamed of, according to transcripts recently obtained by the Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE


The First Victims of America’s Mega-Embassy

According to the testimony of two American civilian contractors, the construction of the massive U.S. Embassy in Iraq involved the tacit abduction and abuse of migrant workers. One contractor testified that he was told to furtively escort a group of Filipinos onto a Baghdad-bound plane even though their tickets read “Dubai,” while another called working conditions at the $600-million project “deplorable.”

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


Chief of U.S. Prison in Baghdad Arrested

The American commander in charge of Baghdad’s Camp Cropper, which holds about 3,300 detainees, has been arrested by U.S. forces for a range of alleged offenses. Lt. Col. William Steele stands accused of providing a phone to detainees, having an inappropriate relationship with both an interpreter and a detainee’s daughter and mishandling classified information, among other charges.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


China to U.S.: You Should Talk

The State Department recently released its regular report of human rights abuses around the world and, as expected, listed China as one of the worst offenders. But Beijing fired back with its own report and a long list U.S. violations, including everything from disregard for civilian casualties to treating racial minorities as an underclass.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Austrian police
whdh.com

Authorities Discover Global Child Porn Network

Police departments around the world have launched investigations following Austria’s discovery of an online child pornography network. By observing a targeted website for one day, investigators were able to gather the IP addresses of thousands of illicit downloaders from 77 countries.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
From Haaretz.com

Israeli President to be Charged With Rape

The office of the attorney general of Israel intends to charge President Moshe Katsav with rape and abuse of power. He will be allowed to present his case before charges are filed. Katsav has indicated he might resign if indicted.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Matthews and Perkins

Christian Conservative: Gays Likelier to Molest Kids

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, falsely argued on “Hardball” that homosexual men are likelier to abuse children than heterosexuals.  With comments like this, one might argue conservatives are likelier to abuse gays, not to mention the truth. (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Rocky Anderson

Mayor’s Home Run for Truth: Antiwar Rally in Salt Lake City

In recognition of Bush’s visit to the Utah capital, Mayor Rocky Anderson gave a speech to a crowd of thousands calling Bush a “dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president” whose time in office would “rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure.”  Thank you, Salt Lake City! Watch it here. Full transcript here (pdf).

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


Abu Ghraib Whistle-Blower Goes Public

The U.S. soldier who exposed the atrocities at the notorious Iraq prison camp is speaking out for the first time about his experiences. His claims are unexpected: “Nobody in command knew about the abuse, because nobody in command cared enough to find out.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq prison abuse

Bush Tries to Neuter Detainee Abuse Law

From the Washington Post: “The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


Hamas Detainees Accuse Israel of Abuses

Two Hamas leaders recently released from detention in the West Bank say the Israelis mistreated them while in custody. Israel says they got the same treatment as other prisoners. Also, the allegations—being forced to sit for long stretches in backless chairs and living in squalid conditions—don’t appear to rise to near Abu Ghraib or Gitmo levels.

Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


Vatican Disciplines Top Priest on Sexual Abuse Charges

Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, 86, is the most prominent priest yet to be disciplined for allegedly molesting young members of the Church. But because of his advanced age, he’s getting only a slap on the wrist—a demand that he give up his ministry in favor of a quiet life of “prayer and penitence.”
Assuming the allegations are true, good riddance.

Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


Michael_Smith_Dog_Abu_Ghraib
From Salon.com

Jury Convicts Abu Ghraib Dog Handler

Sgt. Michael Smith (pictured above threatening an Abu Ghraib detainee with a dog) becomes the ninth soldier to be convicted for detainee abuse. He faces over eight years in prison.
To date, no high-ranking officials have been charged with crimes stemming from the abuses.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


Tiki_Barber

Abu Ghraib Victim Exploiting His Own Torture?

NFL star Tiki Barber, a “Fox & Friends” guest host, asserted that an Abu Ghraib torture victim is “taking advantage” of his past by heading a prisoners’ rights group.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


prisoner_abuse
From Salon.com

The Abu Ghraib Files

Salon presents a horrifying new gallery of 279 photos and 19 videos of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


Ali_Shalal_Qaissi
From the New York Times

Did the N.Y. Times Misidentify Abu Ghraib Detainee?

Salon.com presents exclusive evidence that The New York Times incorrectly identified—in a Page 1 story!—the hooded detainee shown in one of the most iconic abuse photos from the notorious Iraqi prison. (Hat tip: Huff Po)

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


Ali_Shalal_Qaissi
From The New York Times

Symbol of Abu Ghraib Seeks to Spare Others His Nightmare

The photo of him in a hood, arms outspread and with electrical wires trailing from his body became the definitive image of the prison abuse scandal.
He is now heading up a prisoners’ rights organization.

Posted on Mar 11, 2006 READ MORE


Abu Ghraib Closing? Don’t Cheer Just Yet

Some sources are reporting that the U.S. has decided to close the notorious prison and transfer its prisoners elsewhere, but don’t celebrate just yet: The seeds for future abuse are already well sown.

Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


oreilly_olbermann
MSNBC via Crooks and Liars

Olbermann Returns Jab in O’Reilly Grudge Match

After Bill O’Reilly threatened one of his callers with legal action for merely mentioning Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC host brings on a former state prosecutor to confirm that the only person in legal jeopardy is O’Reilly himself.

Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


Boston Church Lagging on Pedophile Reforms

The state attorney general is blasting the Boston Archdiocese for its failure to implement safeguards to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Missing: a system to track abusive priests, and prevention programs in schools.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


Navy Warned Pentagon on Torture

Two years before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the Navy’s general counsel warned the Pentagon that its wink-and-nod policies on torture would invite abuse, reports The New Yorker.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


Death Squads and Prison Abuse in Iraq

In a big story that is receiving scant media attention, the U.S. claims that Iraqi police forces are acting as “death squads” to wipe out Sunnis.
At the same time, the Iraq parliament is condemning the U.S. for the newly released pictures of prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib.

Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


Images of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison were broadcast on Australian TV.
Images: BBC / Illustration: Karen Spector

In Their Own Words

Newly released photos and videos of inhumane conditions at Abu Ghraib have again shone a spotlight on America’s treatment of its prisoners. Read the sworn statements by prisoners at Abu Ghraib, obtained and translated by the Washington Post in 2004 at the height of the prison abuse scandal.
Excerpt: “As soon as we arrived, they put sandbags over our heads and they kept beating us…. And every single night this military guy comes over and beat us and handcuffed us until the end of his shift.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


European MP’s Will Probe CIA Jails Claim

A committee will investigate whether the CIA operated secret prisons in Eastern Europe. | story
Also, documents show that the U.S. Army may have ended some detainee abuse probes prematurely. | story

Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


Fresh Torture Claims Arise at Guantanamo

Amnesty International renews its request for the prison to be shut. | story
Also, the U.S. general at the center of the detainee abuse scandal refuses to answer questions in a court-martial. | story

Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


Catholic Church Slashes Offers, Ups Burden of Proof in Abuse Cases

In negotiating with a second wave of sexual abuse victims, the Catholic Church has “reverted to the bare-knuckles tactics it had long used to silence or marginalize them,” critics tell the New York Times, “largely because public attention to the scandals had abated.” Read the story.

Posted on Dec 31, 2005 READ MORE


Scapegoats Talk Back

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE


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