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Glenn Greenwald: How the US Government Strikes Fear in Its Own Citizens and People Around the World 24.3.2011 Truthout - All Articles

[Note: The following is a transcript of a speech that Constitutional lawyer and Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald delivered for the Lannan Foundation on March 8. The speech was transcribed by the blog Contumacious.]

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Yemen: Emergency Law Does Not Trump Basic Rights 24.3.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

Yemen's new emergency law does not override the government's obligation to respect fundamental human rights under international law, Human Rights Watch said today.

Yemen's parliament on March 23, 2011, approved sweeping emergency legislation authorizing 30 days of expanded powers of arrest, detention, and censorship. President Ali Abdullah Saleh had declared a state of emergency on March 18, hours after pro-government gunmen opened fire on anti-government protesters in Sanaa, the capital. The attack killed at least 52 people and wounded hundreds.

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Egyptian Women Protesters Forced to Take ‘Virginity Tests,’ Says Amnesty International 23.3.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

Amnesty International has today called on the Egyptian authorities to investigate serious allegations of torture, including forced ‘virginity tests’, inflicted by the army on women protesters arrested in Tahrir Square earlier this month.

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CIA Psychologist's Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush's Torture Program 22.3.2011 AlterNet
Dr. Bruce Jessen's notes reveal torture techniques that were used to "exploit" "war on terror" detainees in custody of the CIA and Department of Defense.
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EXCLUSIVE: CIA Psychologist's Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush's Torture Program 22.3.2011 Truthout - All Articles

Dr. Bruce Jessen's handwritten notes describe some of the torture techniques that were used to "exploit" "war on terror" detainees in custody of the CIA and Department of Defense.

Bush administration officials have long asserted that the torture techniques used on "war on terror" detainees were utilized as a last resort in an effort to gain actionable intelligence to thwart pending terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests abroad.

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Harper Conservatives: The perpetrators of Purple File politics 22.3.2011 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
"Don't bother me with facts, son. I've already made up my mind." Foghorn Leghorn, the animated rooster, Warner Brothers cartoons. And so spring election fever begins with a frenzy of Ignatieff attack ads, alternating with Canada Action Plan infotainment commercials, a hypnotic media campaign of character assassination and confusing, paternalistic benevolence, orchestrated by Harperland. read ...
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Judge H. Lee Sarokin: When Did Convicting the Guilty Become More Important Than Exonerating the Innocent? 22.3.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
To foreclose evidence that might prove innocence is not in keeping with the duty of prosecutors. The same vigor that goes into convicting the guilty should be exerted in exonerating the innocent.
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Darwin: Refugee assault sparks protests 21.3.2011 Green Left Weekly issue #780
Mon, 21/03/2011 By Jay Fletcher Nine refugees held in the Northern Immigration Detention Centre in Darwin staged a protest on top of a building in the centre’s compound on March 15 after they witnessed Serco guards assault another detainee. The refugees — who are Rohingya people, an ethnic minority in western Burma — told refugee advocate Carl O’Connor on March 16 that the protest was sparked by a physical assault on another Rohingya detainee. “One man was refused rice in the mess room,” the refugees said. “Out of frustration he broke a glass. He was then chased down and tried to escape from two Serco guards. read ...
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Cruel and Usual: US Solitary Confinement 19.3.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
The spectre of Bradley Manning lying naked and alone in a tiny cell at the Quantico Marine Base, less than 50 miles from Washington, DC, conjures up images of an American Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib, where isolation and deprivation have been raised to the level of torture. In fact, the accused Wikileaker, now in his tenth month of solitary confinement, is far from alone in his plight. Every day in the US, tens of thousands of prisoners languish in "the hole". read ...
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Scott Edwards: Florida: Could Photo of Pigpen Get You 30 Years in the State Pen? 19.3.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Senator Norman's misguided bill is yet another attempt to keep a tight, dark lid on the many, many wrongs being committed today by the factory farming industry.
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Michelle Chen: State Budget Battles Converge on Prison Labor Force 18.3.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Prison isn't just about doing hard time. For many, it's about working full-time, too. These days, state governments seem ready to squeeze their captive workforces to plug budget gaps on the cheap.
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Justice Department Report Criticizes Louisiana's "Crime Against Nature" Law 18.3.2011 Truthout.com

Eve is a transgender woman living in rural southern Louisiana. She was molested as a child and left home as a teenager. Homeless and alone, she was forced to trade sex for survival. While still a teenager, she was arrested and charged with a Crime Against Nature, an archaic Louisiana law originally designed to penalize sex acts associated with gays and lesbians.
Now Eve is one of nine plaintiffs fighting the law in a federal civil rights complaint that advocates hope will finally put this official discrimination to an end.

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Rounding up predators 17.3.2011 AlterNet
By Valerie Taliman, Race-Talk contributor (via Indian Country Today), In honor of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8th, ICTMN debuts Navajo writer Valerie Taliman’s new series on the growing human rights crisis in Canada where more than 600 Native women are missing or have been murdered. More than [...] Related Stories ...
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'Blood Money' Paid for Raymond Davis, Nothing Done for Shane Bauer 17.3.2011 Commondreams.org Views
Pratap Chatterjee

You are accused of shooting two Pakistani citizens. Pay $2.3m. Get out of jail free.

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CIA Agent Charged with Murder in Pakistan Is Freed After U.S. Pays Family 'Blood Money' 16.3.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
An American CIA agent detained on suspicion of murder has been released after families of the two Pakistanis he killed pardoned him in exchange for 'blood money'. Raymond Allen Davis has been in jail since Jan. 27, seriously straining ties between Pakistan and the United States. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah says Davis was charged with murder on Wednesday but was then pardoned by the families of the victims in exchange for compensation payment. read ...
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Diane Dimond: Killing Killers -- Okay With You? 15.3.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
After Illinois' action banning the death penalty maybe it's a good time for all of us to re-think it. Should the United States be in...
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Activist Communique: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax and Winnipeg demonstrations against police brutality 15.3.2011 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Demonstrations against police brutality: TORONTO: Tuesday March 15, 2011 5 p.m. start 51 Division (Front and Parliament St.) * MONTREAL: Tuesday March 15, 2011 5 p.m. start Maisonneuve et Jeanne-Mance (Metro Place des Arts) * OTTAWA: Tuesday March 15, 2011 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Human Rights Monument - Elgin and Lisgar * read ...
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Daphne Eviatar: Obama Gets Pushed out of his Comfort Zone - and Pushes Back 15.3.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The news on Sunday that State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley was forced to resign for his frank comments about the treatment of Bradley Manning is...
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Protesters rally against Conservative government's planned anti-crime legislation 12.3.2011 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
On Thursday, prison reformers launched an attack on the federal government's plan to implement minimum penalties for "serious drug offences" and increase the maximum penalty for cannabis production. Bill S-10, an Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) was introduced in the Senate last May. A similar bill, Bill C-15 died in December 2009 when parliament was prorogued which is almost identical to Bill C-26, which died in December 2008 when parliament was dissolved. read ...
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CPJ Seeks Release of Guardian Reporter; Obstruction Continues 12.3.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, a correspondent for London's Guardian newspaper whom Libyan officials now acknowledge holding in detention. CPJ also demands that authorities halt ongoing obstruction and intimidation of journalists.

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