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It’s safe to assume that Big Brother would still have prevailed over Winston Smith had the ill-fated protagonist of George Orwell’s dystopian novel "1984" been helped by public defender Stephen Downs. But we have reason to believe that Downs, who represents Muslim activists in trials that amount to little more than terrorist witch hunts, would not have backed down.A New York attorney who represents Muslim activists in trials that amount to little more than terrorist witch hunts is our Truthdigger of the Week.

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A former military dictator of Argentina is on trial again. Gen. Jorge Videla, who helped lead the country's "Dirty War" of state terror in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is one of more than 20 defendants being tried for the 1976 murders of 31 jailed dissidents.

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Thirty-nine individuals held in U.S. custody at one time or another are unaccounted for -- missing or disappeared in the style of a Third World dictatorship. What have we become?

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