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Military Prosecutors: U.S. Has Authority to Detain Gitmo Prisoners Indefinitely, Regardless of Guilt 3.11.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Military prosecutors are insisting the U.S. government has the authority to indefinitely detain a prisoner at the military base at Guantánamo Bay, even if he is found innocent by a military tribunal. Abd al Rahim al Nashiri faces arraignment next week on charges he masterminded the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in 2000 that killed 17 American sailors. In related news, the Senate is considering a controversial proposal this week that would require any foreigners suspected of terrorism to be held in military custody outside of the traditional justice system. ...
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Egyptian Military Targets Pro-Democracy Bloggers 1.11.2011 Commondreams.org Views
Sharif Abdel Kouddous

One of Egypt's most prominent bloggers and revolutionary activists is behind bars.Rasha Azab leads a protest outside the military court in Cairo. (Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, 2011)

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Hemp Warrior: Marijuana Activist Dana Beal Had a Heart Attack, Died, Came Back, and Beat His Pot Rap 1.11.2011 AlterNet
Beal, a founder of the Yippees and organizer of the Global Marijuana March, was busted for weed and had a heart attack on his way to prison. Then, a judge voided his sentence.
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Anthony Papa: Pot Activist Has Heart Attack Dies Comes Back and Beats Pot Rap 1.11.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Talk about dying to get your freedom. Dana Beal, a well-known drug war activist, literally did just that on his way to the slammer.
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US Had Advance Warning of Abuse at Afghan Prisons, Officials Say 31.10.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines

KABUL — Across the street from U.S. military headquarters in Kabul, shrouded from view by concrete walls, the Afghan intelligence agency runs a detention facility for up to 40 terrorism suspects that is known as Department 124. So much torture took place inside, one detainee told the United Nations, that it has earned another name: “People call it Hell.”

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Former US Chief Prosecutor Condemns 'Law-Free Zone' of Guantánamo 31.10.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
The former chief prosecutor for the US government at Guantánamo Bay has accused the administration he served of operating a "law-free zone" there, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the order to establish the detention camp on Cuba . ...
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US Double Standard: Gaddafi Bad, Karimov Good 30.10.2011 Commondreams.org Views
Ted Rall

"After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise," President Obama said last week.

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Former Guantanamo Inmates Tell of Confessions Under 'Torture' 29.10.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
KUWAIT -- "You know what this is?" Fouad Al Rabiah asked as he held up a photograph of a cell in Guantanamo. "This is my house for eight years." The cell is small, sterile and resembles a cage. It has a hole in the floor where the toilet is. Al Rabiah, a Kuwaiti father of four, then held up another piece of paper. "This is the first evidence that the United States government had given to the court to tell them that I am the worst of the worst in Guantanamo." read ...
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"Blood on the Tracks": Brian Willson's Memoir of Transformation from Vietnam Vet to Radical Pacifist 28.10.2011 Democracy Now!
"Blood on the Tracks": Brian Willson's Memoir of Transformation from Vietnam Vet to Radical Pacifist
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Kirk Bloodsworth: Texas Must Test DNA Before Carrying Out Skinner Execution 28.10.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I do not know if Mr. Skinner is innocent or guilty -- but I do know firsthand the critical importance of DNA testing. Nearly twenty years ago, I became the first person in the U.S. exonerated from death row when post-conviction DNA testing proved my innocence.
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Jonathan Masters: Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) 27.10.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Months of political unrest in Yemen, including a popular effort to unseat longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have strained U.S.-Yemeni counterterrorism cooperation and called into question U.S. policy toward the fragile Gulf state.
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Egyptian Youth Activists: We are Happy to See Occupy Wall Street Movement Stand Up for Justice 27.10.2011 Democracy Now!
A pair of Egyptian police officers were sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for the beating death of 28-year-old man. The 2010 killing of Khaled Said helped to spark the Egyptian revolution that ultimately toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak. The officers were both charged with manslaughter. Members of Said's family and pro-democracy protesters argued the sentence was too light. Two Egyptian youth leaders, Ahmed Maher and Basem Fathy, join us in studio to talk about Egypt after the fall of Mubarak, as well as the growing protests they have witnessed in the United States. "Regarding the Occupy movement, ... we are, in April 6 movement, and the activists in Egypt, standing for very clear values: social justice and democracy and justice in general," says Fathy. "So we're going to support this everywhere. And let's say, frankly, that we're happy for finding the people trying to correct the pathway of democracy even in the United States." [includes rush transcript]
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Legal Rights for Fertilized Eggs? How a Terrifying Law Could Lead to Jail-time for Miscarriages, Birth Control Bans, and the End of Legal Abortion 26.10.2011 AlterNet
Mississippi could well be the first state to pass a "personhood law," once considered too extreme for mainstream anti-choicers.
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ACLU in Appeals Court to Hold Officials Accountable For Torture of Jose Padilla 26.10.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

The American Civil Liberties Union argued in a federal appeals court today for the reinstatement of a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other government officials for their role in the unlawful detention and torture of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla.

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Glenn Greenwald on Occupy Wall Street, Banks Too Big To Jail and the Attack on WikiLeaks 26.10.2011 Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald on Occupy Wall Street, Banks Too Big To Jail and the Attack on WikiLeaks
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Free Speech on Trial, Supreme Court Ban on Protests Challenged 25.10.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

National Lawyers Guild attorney Mark Goldstone filed a petition for writ of certiorari at the Supreme Court today challenging a statute barring protests in the Supreme Court Building and on its grounds. Goldstone commented, “We seek to apply to the plaza and steps of the United States Supreme Court the same principle that the Court has applied to other public places.” 

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Stephen Downing: An Open Letter to California Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs 24.10.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The federal government has put up another $72 million in "war-on-drugs-grants" to redirect your police resources once again from true public safety duties in order to extend their failed war on drugs, this time with a savage assault on California's medical marijuana law.
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BDS update: Voices screaming to be heard in Gaza 24.10.2011 Green Left Weekly issue #780
Mon, 24/10/2011 By Alexander Billet Electronic Intifada (EI) brought together three stories in early October that paint a vivid picture of the need for a cultural boycott of Israel. This certainly is no surprise, given that EI is without a doubt the best source out there on the Palestinian struggle. Still, it seems worth connecting the dots. First is United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's threat to withhold aid from global aid programs crucial to Palestine's infrastructure and culture. read ...
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Immigrant Detainees Report Nearly 200 Instances Of Sexual Abuse 22.10.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- More than 180 sexual abuse complaints have been reported in immigration detention centers since 2007, according to government documents obtained by the American...
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Carl Dix: Why I Am Getting Arrested Today 21.10.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Today I am joining arms with Cornel West and others to voluntarily land myself in the custody of the police. We are conducting non-violent civil disobedience to put a Stop to the NYPD policy of "Stop & Frisk."
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