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Category: Legal Affairs

A Global Policing Crisis

by Aaron Cantú | Jun 17, 2016 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Photo Credit: Jamie Kenny   A police state of nightmares may look like a phalanx of gas-masked officers marching down the street. But a more accurate image of today’s existing police state looks like multiplying numbers of beat cops standing on a corner. Police forces have increasingly “saturated” cities across the country by taking on […]

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FBI and CIA Bungling Impedes Justice in Guantánamo

by Washington Spectator | Apr 13, 2016 | Legal Affairs, National Security, Politics

  Photo Credit: Gino Reyes Since 2012, a team of attorneys and support staff led by Brigadier General Mark Martins has been working within the constraints of the Military Commissions Act to prosecute the alleged orchestrators of the worst act of terror and largest mass murder ever committed on U.S. soil: the 9/11 terror attacks. Martins’s […]

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End the Shame of the Guantánamo Prison

by Lou Dubose | Apr 11, 2016 | Legal Affairs, National Security, Politics

  Photo Credit: Garry Knight The plan President Obama released in February, to close the 14-year-old prison at Guantánamo, leaves in place some of the most egregious practices devised during the Bush-Cheney administration. Under Obama’s plan, there will be no end to military commissions, although the ongoing war-court trial (actually pre-trial) of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and […]

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The Tortured History of Guantánamo

by Bonnie Tamres-Moore | Oct 13, 2015 | Foreign Policy, Legal Affairs, Politics

Photo: Joint Task Force Guantanamo In January 2002, the United States began sending prisoners to Guantánamo Bay. That same month, President Bush said that prisoners from the war in Afghanistan would not be afforded all protections of the Geneva Conventions. They would be treated “humanely,” he said, in the “spirit” of the Geneva Conventions. “We’re adhering to […]

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The Perverse Precedents of Homophobic Bigotry

by Patricia J. Williams | May 1, 2015 | Culture, Legal Affairs, Politics

  As Republican presidential hopefuls race to embrace the “religious freedom” of businesses to refuse to serve the LGBT community, it’s worth taking a moment to consider the ideological history behind the laws that focused the nation’s attention on Indiana and Arkansas, and, of course, the glibly homophobic management of Memories Pizza. Faith-based attempts to […]

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