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In the Vanguard of Criminalizing Abortion

What happens when abortion is a felony offense in any circumstance? Jack Hitt provides chilling answers in his brilliant investigative piece on abortion in El Salvador.

Posted on Apr 9, 2006 READ MORE


Jack Abramoff
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Abramoff Gets Almost Six Years in Prison

The disgraced lobbyist and a business partner get five years and 10 months on fraud charges—the minimum they faced. Abramoff faces more jail time in connection with a corruption probe.

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


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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


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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


Doctors Attack US Over Guantanamo

Over 250 medical experts sign a letter condemning the U.S. for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


Ex-Rep. Cunningham Gets Eight Years

The bribery conviction nets him eight years—the longest term meted out to a congressman in decades.

Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


Bush: Torture Ban Not Valid at Gitmo

Truly shocking: White House lawyers are arguing that the new law banning cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees does not apply to people held at Guantanamo.
Of course, we should have seen this coming when Bush, upon signing the law, brushed off Congress and America by reserving the right to ignore the law under his powers as commander in chief.

Posted on Mar 3, 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


Annan Backs Guantanamo Closure

In the wake of a U.N. report condemning the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the U.N. secretary-general says America must shut down the prison “as soon as possible.” U.S. officials react about as you might expect.
Earlier: Read about the former U.S. interrogator whose book blew the lid off inhumane practices at Gitmo.
Update: From the Jordan Times (via Watching America): “It is immensely sad that the U.S. should end up imitating the worst aspects of the very systems it says it wants to ‘democratize.’”

Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


Abramoff and the Mob

The Weekly Standard masterfully fleshes out the story of the floating casino company that Jack Abramoff bought from a Greek developer allegedly murdered by mobsters. |story

Posted on Feb 12, 2006 READ MORE


Actor Mark Ruffalo
From markruffaloans.com

Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Ellsberg Can’t Wait

The “In the Cut” actor and the Pentagon Papers whistle-blower speak out in support of the “World Can’t Wait—Drive Out the Bush Regime” march in Washington on Feb. 4 (podcast available for Ruffalo).

Posted on Feb 3, 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


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