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Longtime Court Employee Fired After Helping Prove Man’s Innocence

A 70-year-old Missouri court clerk who was just nine months short of retirement thought she was doing the right thing by helping to secure a DNA test that exonerated a man who had served years in prison for a rape he insisted he did not commit. Instead, she was terminated by the court she had worked at for 34 years because it said she had violated rules about assisting a party in a case.

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The Case for Troy Davis and Against Gov. Rick Perry

On Aug. 18, 1989, Mark MacPhail, a young police officer, was shot to death in a parking lot in Savannah, Ga. Soon afterward Troy Davis (above) was convicted of the killing. Although a majority of testifying witnesses have recanted their statements, a U.S. district court has ordered Davis to be executed Sept. 21. (more)

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AP / Susan Walsh

Wall Street CEOs Off the Hook

Most of those Wall Street executives whose firms took ridiculous risks and brought the global financial system to its knees are far from a jail cell, or even from being prosecuted by the Justice Department.

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More Hot Water for Blackwater

Once-esteemed (by the government, at least) mercenary corporation Blackwater is in some hot legal water after the company’s former president and four other former employees were slapped with federal charges over the alleged stockpiling of automatic weapons.

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guardian.co.uk / Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

The Human Costs of War

Last Friday, a NATO airstrike on two hijacked fuel trucks killed at least 90 people in Afghanistan. The Guardian, determined not to let the story pass into the ether of forgotten wartime reporting, managed to interview the families of some of the strike’s victims in a moving exposé of the incredible pain of war.

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Afghanistan Strike Kills 90

The war in Afghanistan should weigh heavy on the public’s mind, given the recent increase in troop levels and grumblings from high military officials about the manner in which the war is being fought. Now there’s news that a NATO airstrike has killed 90 people, 40 of them believed to be civilians, in the northern part of the country.

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Inquiry Finds U.S. Strike Killed Wedding Party

Imagine this happening in the U.S.: Forty-seven people, including the bride, are killed on their way to a wedding after an airstrike on “militants” goes off course. Of course, this happened not in the U.S. but in Afghanistan, and, of course, the attack’s civilian toll was initially denied by the U.S. military.

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655,000 Iraq War Deaths

A doctor with Physicians for Social Responsibility reports on the attempts of ideological critics to slander the good science behind a shocking new report on the death tally of the Iraq war.

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Civilian deaths
AP / Alaa al-Marjani

Over 3,400 Iraqi Civilians Killed in July

It’s the highest monthly death tally since the war started in March 2003. That’s an average of 110 per day, and in Baghdad, the numbers are up 18% over last month.

  • Also, a respected veteran Baghdad reporter writes of Iraqis’ fears that Bush & Co.‘s “rosy views are preventing the creation of effective strategies against the escalating violence.”

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    Human Rights Watch: Israel Has Committed War Crimes

    The watchdog group released a 50-page report detailing Israel’s failure to distinguish between combatants and civilians in Lebanon, in one case wiping out an entire 12-person family because one member was merely suspected of being sympathetic to Hezbollah.

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah's suburban strategy
    From The Herald Sun (Australia)

    The Photos That Damn Hezbollah

    An Australian newspaper published this picture of Hezbollah members manning an antiaircraft gun in a Lebanese suburb—proof that Hezbollah is using the cover of residential areas to wage its attacks on Israel and in effect using innocent civilians as human shields. Story and more photos (h/t: BuzzFlash)

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    Down the Memory Hole

    The FAIR organization reminds us that Hezbollah’s attacks on Israel, though deplorable, did not spring from a vacuum. Drawing on an Alexander Cockburn column, FAIR notes that within the last two months, Israeli attacks on suspected militants ended up killing almost two dozen innocent Lebanese and Palestinian women and children. (more…)

    Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Wen Ho Lee
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    Victory For Wen Ho Lee

    The five media heavies who shamelessly promoted the government’s lies about the Los Alamos scientist chose to settle today rather than reveal their government sources.
    Lee was savaged by a media fueled by government rumors that he was spying for China, an accusation he was never officially charged with. Lee was imprisoned in solitary confinement for nine months in 1999-2000 and ultimately received an apology from the judge who heard his case. Truthdig says: The media was not defending freedom of the press but their own right to operate as a megaphone for government agents with an agenda to slander an American citizen. The media went to bat for government agents who broke the law.  When will those agents be held accountable?

  • Read Robert Scheer’s extensive coverage of the Wen Ho Lee case.

  • Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


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    My savior died and all I got was this overwhelming indifference whenever innocent muslims are killed anywhere in the world
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