Civil Liberties and Security Archives

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German sues CIA, Corporations for Rendition, Torture

12/7/05

News Article

Terrorism / Terror War || Civil / Human Rights

Catherine Komp

Amidst controversy over "extraordinary renditions" and the use of secret prisons, human rights lawyers fighting for a man who survived such an ordeal are taking the US intelligence community to court.

Legal Experts Debate Proposed Limits on Conviction Appeals

12/2/05

News Article

Law / Courts || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

If some lawmakers get their way, the process by which those found guilty of crimes appeal their convictions will be radically overhauled in favor of prosecutors looking to hurriedly finalize cases.

Virginia Death Row Prisoner Granted Clemency

11/30/05

News Report

Law / Courts || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Catherine Komp

A rare stay of execution granted to death row inmate Robin Lovitt spares Virginia from executing nation’s 1000th state killing since 1976 amidst allegations of irregularities and misconduct.

Feds to Fund Controversial School Surveillance

11/29/05

News Article

Age / Ageism || Education / Schools

Catherine Komp

In what some allege is a thinly veiled attempt to normalize surveillance, a federal agency is pumping more money into Big Brother programs that track students despite declining needs for school security.

At Some Youth ‘Treatment’ Facilities, ‘Tough Love’ Takes Brutal

11/21/05

Feature Article

Age / Ageism || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Michelle Chen

Children’s advocates are taking aim at privately run programs that treat kids with a range of problems as delinquents who need to be straightened out by force.

Opposition to California Execution Builds

11/21/05

News Article

Law / Courts || Social Movements / Activism

F. Timothy Martin

Last week, supporters of former gang-member Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams demonstrated to stop the impending execution of the author and Nobel Prize nominee.

Investigation Details Abuse, Endangerment of Prisoners After Katrina

11/18/05

News Report

Catastrophe / Crisis || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Michelle Chen

The ACLU has corroborated earlier reports that inmates held in a New Orleans prison were abandoned and abused by their captors when the Hurricane Katrina struck, and a lawsuit is underway.

Congress Makes Mixed Moves on ‘Terror War’ Oversight, Accountabilit

11/14/05

News Report

Terrorism / Terror War || Politics / Legislation

Brendan Coyne

Senate and House measures concerning Guantanamo Bay detainees' court access and the controversy over recently exposed secret CIA prisons show the 'war on terror' is not a cut-and-dry affair for lawmakers.

Volunteers: Police Harassment of New Orleans Relief Workers Escalating

11/13/05

News Article

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Catastrophe / Crisis

Jessica Azulay

The arrest and alleged abuse of an activist has pushed local relief workers, who have complained of harassment since the early days after Katrina, to demand a solution so they can get on with their vital work.

Deep-rooted Voting Irregularities Persist, Watchdogs Say

11/10/05

News Article

Elections / Democracy

Catherine Komp

Citing a recent government appraisal of the nation’s election systems and evidence of continued abuse and potential fraud, groups championing free and fair elections say the US still has a long way to go.

Texas Same-sex Marriage Fight Heats Up

11/7/05

News Article

Gender / Sexism || Elections / Democracy

Forrest Wilder

On Tuesday, Texans will vote on a ballot measure that could ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment. The proposition faces stiff opposition and both sides say outcome is unpredictable.

As Gitmo Hunger Strike Continues, Lawyers Step Up Fight for Access

10/31/05

News Article

Civil / Human Rights || Terrorism / Terror War

Saadia Iqbal

As the “torturous” force-feeding of hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay continues, detainees’ advocates say captors are no longer just violating US and international law but also medical ethics.

No ‘Kiss and Tell’ Big Brother in Kansas, Say Rights Groups

10/25/05

News Article

Age / Ageism || Civil / Human Rights

Kari Lydersen

In a decision that could open or close the door to such laws for conservative politicians nationwide, a federal district court in Kansas will decide whether the state has to be notified when children have consensual sexual contact.

Five Years On, ‘Faith-based Initiative’ Still Ambiguous

10/20/05

News Article

Religion || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

Critics of President Bush’s growing project to fund religious groups that provide charity or other social services worry about the trend toward covertly enabling evangelical practices with taxpayer money.

Some Neighborhoods Rebuild, But Part of Lower 9th Remains Off-limits

10/17/05

News Article

Catastrophe / Crisis || Race / Racism

Jessica Azulay

After traveling hundreds of miles to see their flood-ravaged homes, some New Orleans residents found themselves locked out of their neighborhood, which they say has been maligned and targeted by elites with ulterior motives.

Abuse, Forced Labor Rampant in New Orleans Justice System

10/12/05

News Article

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Catastrophe / Crisis

Jessica Azulay

The videotaped beating of a New Orleans resident offers but a small sample of the widespread brutality, deprivation and railroading that have come to characterize the city’s response to alleged crimes.

Some Immigrants Suffer Doubly After Hurricane Katrina

9/28/05

News Article

Immigration / Refugees || Catastrophe / Crisis

Kari Lydersen

Undocumented workers and families in the areas devastated by one of the worst storms in US history – including Central American survivors of Hurricane Mitch – face perhaps the steepest route to recovery.

St. Patrick’s Four Found Not Guilty on Major Charges

9/27/05

News Article

Social Movements / Activism || Military / War

Catherine Komp

In the first federal conspiracy trial against anti-war activists since the Vietnam War, defendants are claiming victory over government intimidation despite convictions on lesser counts, and severe restrictions on their testimony throughout the trial.

Hurricane Rita Bears Down on Masses Stranded by Govt. Ineptness

9/23/05

News Report

Catastrophe / Crisis

Jessica Azulay

Once again, a failed evacuation plan places hundreds would-be evacuees in grave danger, this time by the hundreds of thousands, left exposed by a traffic debacle on Texas roadways.

Civil Disobedience Against War Gets Day in Federal Court

9/21/05

Feature Article

Social Movements / Activism || Military / War

Catherine Komp

The federal government is looking to punish Catholic activists who already escaped state prosecution for spilling their own blood at an Army recruitment office in protest of the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Worst Laid Plans: Experts, Katrina Survivors Lament Unimaginative Disaster Planning

9/16/05

Feature Article

Catastrophe / Crisis || Health / Safety

Michelle Chen

Those closely observing and living through Hurricane Katrina’s impact on the Crescent City note that officials ignored even the inadequate plans in place – let alone sensible alternatives – leading to a compounded catastrophe.

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