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Headlines for August 22, 2011 22.8.2011 Democracy Now!
Headlines for August 22, 2011
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West Memphis Three Freed From Jail 18 Years After Being Convicted Amid “Wave of Satanic Hysteria” 22.8.2011 Democracy Now!
A trio of men convicted of brutally murdering three young boys in Arkansas in 1993 were released from prison Friday. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. — otherwise known as the West Memphis Three — entered a rare plea deal in which they maintained their innocence, but plead guilty to murder, with the state of Arkansas recognizing them as child-killers safe enough to be set free. The men were convicted of the killings after an investigation largely fueled by unsubstantiated rumors of a Satanic ritual. In 2007, new forensic tests of evidence at the crime scene turned up no genetic material belonging to any of the men. We speak to filmmaker Joe Berlinger, co-director of the documentary covering the case, "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills." The film sparked an international movement to “Free the West Memphis Three.”
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Crisis of Confidence: How Washington Lost Faith in America’s Courts 22.8.2011 Commondreams.org Views
Karen Greenberg

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus.  The event that “changed everything” did turn out to change Washington in ways more startling than most people realize.  On terrorism and national security, to take an obvious (if seldom commented upon) example, the confidence of the U.S. government seems to have been severely, perhaps irreparably, shaken when it comes to that basic and essential American institution: the courts.

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Steve Mariotti: How and Why I Teach in Prisons, Part Three 20.8.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Like the standard business cycle, drug money creates booms, busts, and misallocations of investments and resources. One of the most insidious aspects of the drug industry is that its excess profits are invested in human capital.
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David Bromwich: Symptoms of the Bush-Obama Presidency 18.8.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Let us examine Obama by the standard of his cabinet members, advisers, and favored influences. His taste in associates at these extremes may tell us something about the moral and political personality in the middle.
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Symptoms of the Bush-Obama Presidency 18.8.2011 Commondreams.org Views
David Bromwich

Is it too soon to speak of the Bush-Obama presidency?

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United States: Obama's war on whistleblowers suffers setback 14.8.2011 Green Left Weekly issue #780
Sun, 14/08/2011 By Ash Pemberton US President Barack Obama's war on whistleblowers has suffered several setbacks. Two high-profile prosecutions against whistleblowers failed and the mistreatment of alleged WikiLeaks source, military analyst Bradley Manning, has been confirmed. The cases show a pattern of vindictive harassment against anyone involved in leaking information the US government deems “secret”. These cases are part of a broader attack on the public's right to know what governments do behind closed doors. read ...
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Headlines for August 12, 2011 12.8.2011 Democracy Now!
Deficit Super-Committee Finalized With Democratic Picks, Obama Urges Public to Pressure Lawmakers Over Economy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Enter GOP Race, GOP Presidential Hopefuls Square-Off in Iowa Debate, Republican Front-Runner Mitt Romney: "Corporations Are People", Top 500 U.S. Firms Increase Holdings 58% Since 2008, Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced to 28 Years for "Kids-for-Cash" Scheme, Report: 773 Pakistani Civilians Killed in U.S. Drone Strikes, Libyan Rebels Advance in Brega; Tripoli Residents Protest NATO Bombing, Syrian Forces Attack Civilians; Hama Residents Detail Crackdown, British PM Threatens to Restrict Social Media in Riot's Aftermath, U.S. Boosts Horn of Africa Famine Aid by $17 Million , Israel Approves 1,600 New Settlement Homes in Occupied East Jerusalem, Industry-Linked Panel Backs Controversial Natural Gas Fracking
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The Ugly Business of Lethal Injection 12.8.2011 Commondreams.org Views
Brian Evans

The pretense of lethal injection as a peaceful and painless way to execute prisoners is unraveling, and this may change the face of the death penalty in the United States.

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U.S. Navy Vet Sues Donald Rumsfeld for Torture in Iraq, Court Allows Case to Move Forward 11.8.2011 Democracy Now!
U.S. Navy Vet Sues Donald Rumsfeld for Torture in Iraq, Court Allows Case to Move Forward
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US Relies on Contractors in Somalia Conflict 11.8.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Richard Rouget, a gun for hire over two decades of bloody African conflict, is the unlikely face of the American campaign against militants in Somalia. A husky former French Army officer, Mr. Rouget, 51, commanded a group of foreign fighters during Ivory Coast"s civil war in 2003, was convicted by a South African court of selling his military services and did a stint in the presidential guard of the Comoros Islands, an archipelago plagued by political tumult and coup attempts. read ...
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20 Years In Prison For a Rape and Murder Committed By Someone Else -- Courts Ignore Exonerating DNA Evidence 11.8.2011 AlterNet
Nine young black men were convicted of two heinous crimes. DNA evidence points to their innocence, but many of the men are still in jail.
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AWOL Soldier Indicted In Fort Hood Bomb Plot 10.8.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WACO, Texas — A federal grand jury indicted an AWOL soldier Tuesday on three charges in connection with a plot to bomb Fort Hood soldiers...
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Diane Dimond: The Best Tool to Catch Rapists 9.8.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There are nearly 200,000 DNA rape kits sitting -- ignored and forgotten -- in law enforcement storage areas across this country. Can you think of any other crime where police have definitive evidence and fail to process it?
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Secretive Corporate-Legislative Group ALEC Holds Annual Meeting to Rewrite State Laws 5.8.2011 Democracy Now!
Secretive Corporate-Legislative Group ALEC Holds Annual Meeting to Rewrite State Laws
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Why Does Massey Energy Get Away With Murder While Environmentalists Are Sent to Prison? 30.7.2011 AlterNet
They violated the Clean Water Act over 4,500 times in a six year time period and are responsible for the deadliest coal mining accident in over 40 years.
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Adrian Margaret Brune: In Serving Life Prison Hospice Care Teaches Inmates about Dying with True Dignity 29.7.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Serving Life shows a different take on the U.S. penal system's obligation to dying prisoners and those trying to change their lives before it's too late.
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Headlines for July 28, 2011 28.7.2011 Democracy Now!
United Nations Begins Emergency Aid Airlifts in Somalia, House GOP to Force Debt Ceiling Vote, IMF: Debt Deal Failure Would Have "Far Reaching" Consequences, Constituents Flood Lawmakers With Concerns on Debt Impasse, Afghan Mayor Killed in Suicide Attack, U.S. Soldier Convicted in Murder of Afghan Civilian, Britain Expels Libyan Diplomats, Recognizes Rebels, Double Bombing Kills 12, Wounds 28 in Iraq, Reports: Mubarak Refusing Food Ahead of Trial, Supporters: California Prisoners Have Ended Hunger Strike, Mother of Child Killed in Hit-and-Run Sentenced to Probation, U.S. Study Claims No Link Between 9/11 Rubble and Cancer; Treatment Not To Be Covered in Healthcare, Attorney: Audiotape of Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accuser Misrepresented, Democrat Rep. David Wu Resigns Over Sex Allegations
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15 Years in Prison For Taping the Cops? How Eavesdropping Laws Are Taking Away Our Best Defense Against Police Brutality 28.7.2011 AlterNet
More and more people use their smartphones to record police misconduct. But laws against wiretapping are being used to intimidate and stop them.
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DeChristopher sentence: Impressions from Umbra 28.7.2011 From A to Green
by Ask Umbra. DeChristopher being taken to the jail. Photo: Ryan Suffern Dearest readers, Yesterday marked the long-awaited sentencing of Tim DeChristopher, climate-activist-turned-folk-hero, who bid on land being made available for oil and gas drilling in a questionable and contested auction by the Bureau of Land Management at the end of the Bush administration in 2008. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson sentenced Tim to two years in prison, a $10,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. The judge did not allow Tim to self-report to jail, instead ordering a marshall to escort him in handcuffs out of the courtroom, which led someone in the audience to shout, “This court is broken!” The sentencing took nearly two hours, about 35 of which were Tim’s stirring statement to the judge. ( Read the full transcript of his remarks here .) As he spoke, his conviction electrified the room with palpable force: Picture a cross between Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting and ...
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