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Anti-Torture Activists Acquittal a Victory for 'Free Speech' 15.6.2010 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Patrick Johnson

WASHINGTON - Some two dozen anti-torture activists — including four from Western Massachusetts — were acquitted Monday in Washington D.C. Superior Court on charges of unlawful assembly following their arrests in January during a political demonstration on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Judge Russell Canan granted a motion for judgment of acquittal, dropping charges against all 27 defendants after federal prosecutors presented their case. The trial had been expected by some to last up to a week.

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Twenty-Four Anti-Torture Activists Acquitted in Trial for Protest at the US CapitolCalling for Guantanamo's Closure and the Investigation of Deaths at the Prison 15.6.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

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June 15, 2010

Witness Against Torture

On Monday, June 14, twenty-four activists with Witness Against Torture were acquitted in Washington, D.C. Superior Court of charges of “unlawful entry with disorderly conduct.” The charges stemmed from demonstrations at the US Capitol on January 21,2010 - the date by which President Obama had promised the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp.

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"What's Wrong With This Picture?": Prosecuting Torture Protesters -- Not Perpetrators 14.6.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

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June 14, 2010

Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

The group Witness Against Torture states that beginning Monday, 27 individuals "will face trial stemming from arrests at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2010 -- the date by which President Obama had promised the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp."


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Witness Against Torture: Peace Activists Face Trial 12.6.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Deena Guzder

The recent Catholic priest sex scandal -- and the Papal spokesman’s offensive comparison of the public’s outcry at the Church to, of all things, anti-Semitic persecution during the Holocaust -- have understandably added to secular progressives’ growing skepticism, if not outright disdain, for organized religion. However, the Catholic establishment’s flagrant abuse of power should not eclipse the Catholic vanguard’s long and impressive history of social justice activism.

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I Was An Innocent Prisoner at Guantanamo Bay 12.6.2010 AlterNet.org: War on Iraq
An Iraqi's tale of an odyssey through war zones, trying to reach the West but ending up in Guantanamo.
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Trial for 27 Anti-Torture Activists Who Protested Obama's Failure to Close GITMO Begins Monday (6/14) 11.6.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

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June 11, 2010

Witness Against Torture

On Monday, June 14 twenty-seven will face trial stemming from arrests at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2010 — the date by which President Obama had promised the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp. The human rights activists will hold a press conference outside the courthouse defending their protest, condemning the Obama administration’s continuation of Bush policies, and explaining their use in court of the “necessity defense.”

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Prison Education Cuts Hurt More Than Just Inmates 11.6.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Malik Alayube

I'm an inmate at High Desert State Prison who was on track in pursuing my associate's degree until the prison college programs were recently reduced.

State's budget cuts have taken away educational opportunities in prisons. Teachers were laid off. College correspondence courses and vocational trainings have been cut drastically.

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African-American Mississippi Man Starts Record Sixth Murder Trial 10.6.2010 Truthout.com

An African-American man, Curtis Flowers, made history this week when he became the first person in US history to ever go on trial for murder six times for the same crime. Flowers has been in jail in Mississippi since 1996, accused of the murder of four people at a furniture store. Jury selection started this week in tiny Winona, Mississippi, population 5,482.

Flowers has been in jail since 1996 awaiting trial and was previously tried for these murders in 1997, 1999, 2004

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Does Obama Really Know or Care About Who Is at Guantánamo? 10.6.2010 Truthout.com
The recently released Final Report of President Obama's Guantánamo Review Task Force was supposed to provide a cogent and definitive analysis of the status of the remaining 181 prisoners, given that it took 11 months to complete and involved "more than 60 career professionals, including intelligence analysts, law enforcement agents and attorneys, drawn from the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland read ...
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Does Obama Really Know or Care About Who Is at Guantánamo? 10.6.2010 Truthout - All Articles

The recently released Final Report of President Obama's Guantánamo Review Task Force was supposed to provide a cogent and definitive analysis of the status of the remaining 181 prisoners, given that it took 11 months to complete and involved "more than 60 career professionals, including intelligence analysts, law enforcement agents and attorneys, drawn from the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland

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African-American Mississippi Man Starts Record Sixth Murder Trial 10.6.2010 Truthout - All Articles

An African-American man, Curtis Flowers, made history this week when he became the first person in US history to ever go on trial for murder six times for the same crime. Flowers has been in jail in Mississippi since 1996, accused of the murder of four people at a furniture store. Jury selection started this week in tiny Winona, Mississippi, population 5,482.

Flowers has been in jail since 1996 awaiting trial and was previously tried for these murders in 1997, 1999, 2004

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ACLU Chief 'Disgusted' with Obama 10.6.2010 Common Dreams: Headlines
by Joshu Gerstein

WASHINGTON - The top official at the American Civil Liberties Union seems to be losing patience with President Barack Obama and his administration.

Speaking at a conference of liberal activists Wednesday morning, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero didn't mince his words about the administration's handling of civil liberties issues.

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The implications of denying prisoners pensions 10.6.2010 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Fear, anger and distraction are great tools for getting your way, particularly in government. If the opposition asks about detainee torture, accuse them of supporting terrorists. If they want information from your staff, bully your way into a meeting and shout them down ...and if you want to pass law without interference, attack a monster no one will dare to defend. It hardly matters that with the recent proposed amendment to the Old Age Security Act the pitchforks came out before the bill itself. Prime Minister Stephen Harper learned in March that serial child murderer Clifford Olson was collecting OAS and Guaranteed Income Supplement payments. He was outraged, and ordered that they be stopped. read ...
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Bill Quigley: African American Mississippi Man Starts Record Sixth Murder Trial 10.6.2010 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
African American Mississippi Man Starts Record Sixth Murder Trial by Bill Quigley, Audrey Stewart and Davida Finger. Bill is Legal Director of the Center for...
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Twenty-Seven to Go on Trial for Protesting the Obama Administration’s Failure to Close Guantanamo, Plan for Indefinite Detention, and Refusal to Prosecute Torture 10.6.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

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June 10, 2010

Witness Against Torture

On Monday, June 14 twenty-seven will face trial stemming from arrests at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2010 — the date by which President Obama had promised the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp.

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African American Mississippi Man Starts Record Sixth Murder Trial 10.6.2010 Commondreams.org Views
by Bill Quigley, Audrey Stewart and Davida Finger

An African American man, Curtis Flowers, made history this week when he became the first person in U.S. history to ever go on trial for murder six times for the same crime. Mr. Flowers has been in jail in Mississippi since 1996, accused of the murder of four people at a furniture store. Jury selection started this week in tiny Winona Mississippi, population 5,482.

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Prison Racism and the Myth of a Colorblind Justice System 10.6.2010 AlterNet
A conversation with author Michelle Alexander on media manipulations and the mass injustice incarcerated minorities face across the United States.
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More Detention Abuse Highlights the Need for Federal Immigration Oversight 9.6.2010 AlterNet
Reports of prisoner abuse have prompted disciplinary action and calls for stricter regulatory policies.
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Utah Firing Squad Prepped For Inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner At His Request 9.6.2010 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SALT LAKE CITY — Barring a last-minute reprieve, Ronnie Lee Gardner will be strapped into a chair, a hood will be placed over his head...
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The Jena Generation: An Interview With Jordan Flaherty 8.6.2010 Truthout.com

Jordan Flaherty is a journalist, an editor of Left Turn Magazine and a staffer with the Louisiana Justice Institute. He was the first writer to bring the story of the Jena Six to a national audience and audiences around the world have seen the television reports he's produced for Al-Jazeera, TeleSur, GritTV and Democracy Now.

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