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Georgia Immigration Bill Looks to Arizona

All aboard the hate train. Georgia’s Legislature has passed a bill that copies some of the most maligned parts of Arizona’s infamously anti-immigrant SB 1070. The Georgia bill is now on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Vetoes U.N. Condemnation of Israeli Settlements

The U.S. has vetoed a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Israel to halt the building of illegal settlements on Palestinian land, saying its passage would “harden the positions of both sides.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE


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Ariz. Lawmakers Target Birthright Citizenship

Arizona lawmakers, adding to their anti-immigrant portfolio, are pushing a bill that seeks to end the automatic citizenship granted to children born in the state to illegal-immigrant parents.

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 READ MORE


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Israel Extends West Bank Lockdown

Israel has extended its lockdown on the occupied West Bank amid high tension between Palestinians and Israelis stemming from Israel’s announcement that it would construct 1,600 more homes on Palestinian land. The lockdown had been scheduled to end Saturday night.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE



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Arizona Sheriff Defies White House Order

Joe Arpaio, a notoriously anti-immigrant Arizona sheriff, in October was ordered by the White House to stop using his deputies to conduct federal immigration duties. Since then, he has launched investigations of his critics and become more aggressive in his sweeps against immigrants.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 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


Former Vice President Al Gore addresses the American Constitution Society on the threat to the Constitution from President Bush's domestic wiretap policy, Monday, Jan. 16, at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.
AP / Susan Walsh

Breaking the Law for the Environment

“Illegal protest” can count a new baritoned bedfellow. In an interview ahead of the Copenhagen climate change conference, former Vice President Al Gore pronounced civil disobedience to be justified, believing that the global warming crisis requires more forceful methods of political activism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE



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CNN, Dobbs Under Fire

CNN is in some agua caliente with pro-immigration groups after airing a four-hour “Latino in America” documentary—an attempt to woo a Latino audience—while at the same time employing Lou Dobbs, the commentator notorious for his anti-immigration views.

Posted on Oct 24, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Condemns Israeli Settlement Expansion

In a strong rebuke of Israeli policy, the White House has expressed “regret” over an announcement by Israel that it will expand its illegal settlements in Palestinian areas. Hundreds of new housing units are expected to be approved for construction in the West Bank in a move seen as placating the rightists in power.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE


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guardian.co.uk

Secret Bush Order OKs Strikes Inside Pakistan

A secret executive order signed by President Bush grants U.S. military forces “carte blanche” to launch counterterrorist operations inside Pakistan. An attack last week under the auspices of the unprecedented July order is raising concerns: Pakistani officials declared the operation illegal, and international analysts fear an escalating conflict could start a regionwide war.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


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ICE Raid Arrest Numbers Rise

ICE raids—federal officials who bust into rural factory towns to arrest suspected “illegal immigrants”—continued this week in Laurel, Miss. The town of about 18,000 saw federal officials revise the number of people arrested in the raid to 595. It remained unknown whether the majority of detainees would serve jail time or be immediately deported.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008 READ MORE


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U.K. Cracking Down on Net Piracy

The British government is planning to “significantly reduce” the country’s online file-sharing of copyrighted content, by at least 50 percent, in the next three years through a sequence of warning letters, Internet account suspensions and ultimate expulsion from Internet access.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


The Only Lesson We Ever Learn Is That We Never Learn

The Independent’s Robert Fisk looks back at five years of catastrophe in Iraq and is reminded of Winston Churchill’s depiction of Palestine as a “hell-disaster.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


Cubans Sneak In During Border Drill at Miami

A huge border enforcement drill involving hundreds of agents chasing make-believe migrants on the Miami shoreline proved to be hugely successful for some 40 actual Cuban refugees Thursday.  Two incoming boatloads squeaked by the “Operation Vigilant Sentry” squads, including one group of 21 that came ashore at a nudist beach.

Posted on Mar 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Romney’s Hypocrisy on Illegal Workers Exposed

Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 presidential hopeful and outspoken critic of illegal immigration, has for years employed a landscaping firm that uses undocumented workers to tend his home’s lawn.
It’s not the action we care about; it’s the hypocrisy. And lest you think this is not a big deal…. (Read on)

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


EU Nations ‘Knew About CIA Jails’

From the BBC: “Many EU nations were aware that the CIA used their territory for the transfer or detention of terror suspects, a draft European parliament report says.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Nicaragua Abortion Law Leaves Women and Doctors With No Options

Abortions were already illegal in Nicaragua, but today a law passed removing an exception in the previous law, which allowed a woman to obtain an abortion legally with the approval of three doctors who confirmed that the woman’s life was in danger.  Many conservatives in government advocated 30-year prison terms for women who terminate their pregnancies and the doctors who perform the abortions, but the stricter prison terms did not pass. Currently the punishment is a six-year prison term.  An estimated 32,000 illegal abortions are performed in Nicaragua each year.

Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE


Andy Borowitz: Bush Proposes Making Illegal Immigrants ‘Guest Voters’

The political satirist reports that the president also proposed erecting a 700-foot fence around Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Immigrant Children Trapped in Limbo

The Washington Post examines the plight of child immigrants, caught between conflicting government agencies that seek to reunite families while at the same time working to deport them.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


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AP / Reed Saxon

Ron Kovic: Breaking the Silence of the Night

The author of “Born on the Fourth of July” recounts his personal journey from a gung-ho U.S. Marine in Vietnam to an outspoken critic of that war, and how that transformation paved the way for his current activism against America’s campaign in Iraq.

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Fear Mongering with a Dash of Racism From Sen. Burns… Again

Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, a man who not so long ago referred to his house painter as a “nice little Guatemalan man,” has delivered yet another stunning one-liner. Ready for the punch line? At a campaign event with Laura Bush, Burns talked about the war on terrorism, saying “faceless” enemies “drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night.” Nice.

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


Judge Orders End to Bush’s Warrantless Wiretapping

A federal judge in Detroit ruled that the government’s eavesdropping program is illegal and unconstitutional, and ordered an immediate halt to it.

  • Check out constitutional scholar and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald’s stellar analysis and opinion roundup.

  • Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Your Papers, Please

    The current push to require voters to supply proof of citizenship at the voting booth has very little to do with preventing illegal voting and much more to do with keeping away from the polls those most likely to vote for Democrats.

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Is Flouting Court After Gitmo Ruling

    Constitutional expert and best-selling author Glenn Greenwald reminds us that the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision not only outlawed Bush’s military tribunals, but also removed any conceivable argument to support Bush’s illegal wiretapping programs.

  • Greenwald: “Journalists should begin asking the Justice Department every day what their legal justification for warrantless eavesdropping is now that Hamdan has rendered frivolous their prior legal arguments in defense of the President.”

  • Posted on Jul 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: More Immigrant Bashing on the Way

    “Can’t you see that everything that’s wrong with this country is because of illegal aliens? It’s all their fault. The people in charge have nothing to do with it.”

    Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    The N.Y. Times’ Modest Proposal to the GOP

    From one of today’s Times editorials: “Given the topics that have preoccupied Congress lately, one wonders why the Republicans don’t simply propose a catchall bill aimed at illegal gay liberal Mexican flag burners and be done with it.”
    Why not indeed?

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Greenwald Nails Specter on Amnesty Law Lie

    Sen. Arlen Specter went on TV to vehemently deny a Washington Post report that he had proposed legislation which included blanket amnesty for everyone involved with Bush’s warrantless spying. But lawyer Glenn Greenwald has apparently proved that the Post was right in its report—and the Specter had lied about it.

    Posted on Jun 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Gonzales Sidesteps Legal Issues of NSA Spying

    The attorney general, in defending the NSA’s collection of millions of U.S. phone records, claims it is constitutional—but conveniently ignores the fact that it appears to be illegal.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Fatal Shooting at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing

    Authorities killed the driver of a truck suspected of transporting illegal immigrants.
    A sign of things to come?

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Buzzflash: “Tyranny Creeps In…” at the NSA

    “The NSA’s gathering of phone call records of millions of Americans is “something that would make the late Leonid Brezhnev proud of Bush—and [Gen.] Michael Hayden, the Pentagon apparatchik, who saw it through,” Buzzflash writes in an editorial.

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Szep - Uncle Sam on Immigration

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    Vermont Democrats Call for Bush Impeachment

    One hundred Vermont state officials agreed to petition the Republican-controlled Congress to introduce articles of impeachment against Bush for the WMD and wiretapping scandals. “You know in your own hearts and minds that something is terribly wrong in this country,” said one Vermont Democrat.

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


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    Bush Channels Nixon in Libby Scandal

    In 1977, Nixon said, “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”?
    Well, Bush’s lawyers allegedly said this about the leak of classified intelligence: “Presidential authorization to publicly disclose a document amounted to declassification of the document.”
    Got it? When the president leaks it, that means it is not illegal.
    UPDATE: the White House tries to quell the furor over the leak.

    Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Immigration 101 for Beginners and Non-Texans

    Ivins weighs in on immigration reform, “The Fence” and corporate America’s demand for cheap labor.

    Posted on Mar 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Panel Passes Immigration Bill

    The bill, which requires approval by the full Senate, clears the way for 11 million illegal aliens to seek U.S. citizenship, and will allow some 1.5 million workers to seek temporary jobs legally.
    This is a big win for the hundreds of thousands of people who joined protest marches this past weekend.

    Posted on Mar 27, 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


    Immigration Becoming Big 2008 Issue

    Pretenders to the White House are all staking out positions on what they expect to be a hot topic come next election.
    Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper for the skinny on the underlying issue.

    Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


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    Feingold Dresses Down CNN’s Soledad O’Brien

    The Wisconsin senator says that the CNN host has been intimidated by the RNC into believing that there exists a serious legal debate over the legality of the president’s spying program.
    DailyKos has more.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


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    Condi Rice Heckled by Antiwar Protester

    A protester interrupts the secretary of state at a budget hearing: “The blood is on your hands and you cannot wash it away.”

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE



    From CNN.com

    Blair Advisor Urged Prescribing Free Heroin

    He recommended that the prime minister try to undercut the $6-billion-per-year black market, and to free heroin users from having to commit crimes to buy their drugs. | story
    Hey, at least it’s more progressive than N.Y. state’s draconian and racist Rockefeller Laws.

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Hypocrisy on Display at King’s Funeral?

    Bush attends the services of Coretta Scott King while simultaneously pressing on with a warrantless spying program. | story
    Forty years ago, the FBI used illegal wiretaps in an attempt to blackmail King’s husband. | Truthdig files
    Plus a change…

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE



    From thinkprogress.com

    Sen. Specter to Gonzales: ‘That Just Defies Logic and Plain English’

    That’s the Republican chair of the Judiciary Committee reacting to the attorney general’s attempts to explain how spying without warrants is, in fact, legal. Check out the AG’s explanation of why Bush earlier said that spying without warrants is, in fact, illegal: “The President is not a lawyer.”

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore Smacks Back at Gonzales Criticism

    After the attorney general dismissed the vexed former veep’s charges of illegal spying, Gore swats back: No wonder you didn’t defend yourself on the issues—you can’t. | release
    Meanwhile, a group of arch-conservatives call for hearings into Bush’s program. Hey, if you’ve lost Grover Norquist and David Keene… | release 

    Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Dr. King delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.
    From medaloffreedom.com

    Sex, Lies and Audiotape

    A year before his death, Martin Luther King Jr. called America the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” His comments and actions made him the object of a massive, FBI-led audio surveillance program into his sex life. Check out our multimedia assemblage in Uncovered. | entry

    Posted on Jan 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Blair Golson

    Back in 1968, it wasn’t the Fox network but Time and the Washington Post that branded war critics as fifth columnists. Also, read about an illegal wiretap operation that makes today’s version look downright cordial.

    Posted on Jan 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Makes Internet Annoyance a Federal Crime, CNET Reports

    Under a new law, it is illegal to anonymously send a message via the Internet that annoys its recipient. | story
    This interpretation has its critics: here or here.

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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