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Official Leaks: “These Senior People Do Whatever They Want”
When asked whether he would have supported working with the producers of Zero Dark Thirty , Department of Defense’s Director of Entertainment Media said he would not have recommended working with screenwriter Mark Boal and director Katherine Bigelow, because he was not happy with the way their...
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Landmark Reparations Package Announced for Victims of Chicago Police Torture Regime
Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday a landmark reparations package for the scores of victims of former Chicago police commander Jon Burge who oversaw a nearly two-decade regime of torturing suspects into confessions. The proposal, reached between city officials and groups representing...
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CIA Officials Knew Rendition Victim Was 'The Wrong Guy,' Kiriakou Reveals
CIA insiders objected to the arrest, rendition, and torture of Syrian-born Canadian Maher Arar, but high-ranking officials ignored concerns that they were punishing an innocent man, according to former spy and whistleblower John Kiriakou in an interview with the Canadian Press . After serving two...
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Judge Orders US Government to Stop Suppressing Evidence of Torture and Abuse
A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. government to release more than 2,000 photographs showing abuse and torture of people detained by the American military in Iraq and Afghanistan. The decision is the latest development in a more than 10-year-long legal battle , in which the American Civil...
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In Chicago, Calls Grow for Investigation Into Homan Square 'Gestapo Tactics'
Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis on Wednesday stepped up their demand for the federal Department of Justice to investigate the secret detention and torture of American citizens that took place for years in Chicago's Homan Square compound. The duo traveled...
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Dick Cheney’s Foggy Memory on Bush’s Plausible Deniability for Torture
One of just three issues this Playboy interview [marginally SFW] with Dick Cheney pressed him on (the other two being whether Bush misjudged Putin and whether Cheney’s father loved him) was whether President Bush had been briefed on the torture program. James Rosen starts by asking whether Bush was...
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What Are They Hiding? UN Official Slams US for Limiting Access to Prisons
A United Nations investigator has accused the U.S. of blocking access to prisons—including state and federal facilities where an estimated 80,000 people are in solitary confinement and the military prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba—leading civil liberties experts to wonder, "Is the United States...
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Frat Boys on the Bus
“You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me . . .” Yeah, something had to happen. The cellphone video went public and the frat boys on the bus, who were just having a little politically incorrect fun, y’know, singing about Jim Crow exclusionary practices and, well, lynching,...
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Original Selma Organizer Refused to March Alongside Bush
Noted civil rights organizer and activist Diane Nash, who had led the initial walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, boycotted the 50th anniversary commemoration march this weekend because of the "insulting" participation of former President George W. Bush. Nash told NewsOne Now on...
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Comparing Atrocities
The description of the death of Robert-Francois Damiens, the man who attempted to kill Louis XV, is not for the faint-hearted. On March 2, 1757, in front of a crowd of spectators, Damiens was drawn and quartered, which means that his limbs were tied to four horses that were then urged to gallop...
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