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Dear GOP: The U.S. Has Negotiated With Terrorists and Amnestied Them All Through History

The GOP talking points in response to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a trade for five former officials of the 1990s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) focused on a few basic premises.

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NSA Considers Snowden Amnesty for Document Return

NSA officials are considering allowing whistle-blower Edward Snowden to return to the United States in exchange for the massive trove of documents he took from the agency and gave to reporters in June.

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U.S. Promises Russia Snowden Will Have a Fair Trial

In a bid to get his hands on Edward Snowden, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Russia promising not to torture or kill the NSA whistle-blower.

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Obama’s Leaked Immigration Reform Plan Could Deliver a Winner

Republicans spent the weekend trumpeting shock and outrage over President Obama’s leaked “backup plan” on immigration. In dysfunctional Washington, this means that prospects for comprehensive reform—including what amounts to an amnesty for the undocumented—are getting brighter.

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GOP Hispanic Outreach

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Anyone for a Little Immigration Reform?

Congress is expected to vote on health care reform this weekend, so what’ll all those senators and representatives have to busy their idle hands with next? Giving Wall Street the what for? Not likely. Well, how about a big debate on immigration?

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Afghan Immunity Law Stirs Up Anger

Eliciting a cry from international and domestic human rights organizations, the Afghanistan government has passed a controversial law giving immunity from prosecution to Taliban fighters—no matter their deeds—who lay down their weapons.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Big Payoff Seen in Immigration Reform

Despite the American penchant for xenophobia, a report from two policy institutes concludes that legalizing the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would boost wages, consumption, jobs and tax revenue.

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Immigration Overhaul Campaign Takes Shape

Following through on a pledge made by President Obama earlier this year, the White House has announced it will insist on measures that give legal status to an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in a push for overhaul of the existing immigration system beginning early next year.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Minutemen Diss Obama at La Raza Conference

Members of the San Diego-area Minutemen and other anti-immigration groups voiced their displeasure with Barack Obama’s stance on the issue outside the National Council of La Raza convention in San Diego on Sunday.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Amnesty International Points to 60 Years of Failure

World leaders are about to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, but leading human rights organization Amnesty International says they should first apologize for failing to tackle widespread abuses around the world. The group’s annual report cites 81 countries for torture or maltreatment and chastises the United States for setting such a poor example.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Inside a CIA Black Site

A Yemeni man has told Amnesty International that he was abducted and tortured and spent nearly three years in secret prisons at the hands of the CIA. Khaled al-Maqtari says that without charge, legal representation or even a word to his family he was shuttled from one prison to another and ultimately dumped into Yemeni custody, once the U.S. had finished with him.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 READ MORE


Scooter’s Deal Is the American Dream

This satirical report says millions of immigrants are seeking an amnesty deal like the one given to the man they revere as “El Libbre.” Who knew Libby would become the hero of America’s undocumented worker population?

Posted on Jul 14, 2007 READ MORE


Immigration Bill Isn’t Perfect, but the Alternative Is Insane

Ted Kennedy, John McCain, George W. Bush and others who want sensible, real-world immigration reform—yes, I just used the president’s name in the same sentence with “sensible”—are going to have to stop running from the word “amnesty.” The new Senate immigration deal is going to get chased clean out of town unless its supporters stand and fight.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Amnesty International Accuses Israel of War Crimes

Amnesty International has referred to some of Israel’s actions in Lebanon as “war crimes that give rise to individual criminal responsibility.”  A report by the human rights organization condemned the deliberate bombing of civilian infrastructure and the loss of civilian life, noting: “Entire families were killed in air strikes on their homes or in their vehicles while fleeing the aerial assaults on their villages ... as the Red Cross and other rescue workers were prevented from accessing the areas by continuing Israeli strikes.”

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Iraqi P.M. to Offer Olive Branch to Insurgents

The Iraqi prime minister is set to unveil a national reconciliation plan that includes amnesty for insurgents, a timetable for withdrawal of allied forces, release of security detainees from U.S. and Iraqi prisons and compensation for some victims of coalition military operations.

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Paper Publishes New Details of Insurgency Amnesty Deal

The Times (U.K.) reports that the Iraqi government is ready to announce a sweeping peace plan that includes amnesty for legitimate resistance fighters. Under the plan, there would be a U.N.-approved timeline for withdrawal of foreign troops; a halt to U.S. operations against insurgents; and compensation for attack victims….

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


Amnesty Int’l: Principles, Rights Sacrificed in Terror War

In its annual report, Amnesty International writes that Western governments have “paralysed international institutions and squandered public resources in pursuit of narrow security interests.”

Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Hasn’t Curbed Torture: Report

Amnesty International’s report says the U.S. has failed to eradicate “widespread” torture in its jails in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. Also, no senior U.S. officials have been held accountable for the practices.

Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


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GOP Senator Caught in Bind on Immigration

On a day when tens of thousands have taken to the nation’s streets to protest a tightening of immigration laws, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas finds himself pinched between conservative “no amnesty” types and and Texas’ huge immigrant population.

Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


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The Great Immigration Debate: Getting Beyond Denial

Marc Cooper peels away the myths shrouding the U.S. immigration debate.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


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