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Disaster Buck Stopped at Chertoff, Not Brown

9/15/05

News Report

Catastrophe / Crisis

Jessica Azulay

Protocols enacted last year place responsibility for federal disaster management on the DHS chief’s desk – what’s more, they give no indication that he can pass that authority on to the FEMA director.

Electronic Tags Used to Track Immigrants

9/5/05

News Article

Immigration / Refugees || Privacy / Surveillance

Catherine Komp

In an experimental program, the government is employing radio frequency identification devices to track some foreigners who enter the US... and that may be just the beginning.

Authorities Favored VIPs over Superdome’s Desperate

9/4/05

News Report

Catastrophe / Crisis || Poverty / Class Issues

Jessica Azulay

Rescue missions prioritized tourists and hotel employees, evacuating them first from the Superdome, then from a swank hotel, forsaking tens of thousands in worse circumstances in the process.

Katrina Survivors Face Cops, Gougers, Scams, ‘Gangs’

9/1/05

News Report

Catastrophe / Crisis || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Brian Dominick

While the media and authorities remain fixated on desperate people taking inanimate objects from abandoned storefronts, less "sexy" dangers lurk.

Roberts, Bush Officials May Skate Despite Apparent Ethical Impropriety

8/25/05

News Article

Law / Courts || Civil / Human Rights

Jessica Azulay

While Judge Roberts clearly broke the law by interviewing for the Supreme Court gig while hearing a vital case to which the Bush administration is a party, the act of dangling a job in his face was apparently not illegal.

‘Illegal’ Meetings Between Bush Team, Roberts Raise Ethical Concern

8/19/05

News Report

Law / Courts || Terrorism / Terror War

Jessica Azulay

In what critics call a clear violation of the US Judicial Code, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts met with administration officials about the high court job while hearing a historic case on the fate of ‘unlawful combatants.’

Pentagon ‘Freedom Walk’ Registration Policy Raises Concerns

8/19/05

News Article

Military / War || Privacy / Surveillance

Erin Cassin

To the chagrin of privacy advocates, the Pentagon has been requiring people who want to participate in a September 11 commemoration event to provide personal information.

Men Held at Guantánamo Months After Deemed Innocent

8/17/05

News Article

Terrorism / Terror War || Law / Courts

Kari Lydersen

After determining two members of a Chinese ethnic minority were never “enemy combatants,” Washington refuses to set them free, possibly as a favor to China as it wages a campaign against the men’s people back home.

Indefinite Domestic Detentions Challenged By Rights Group

8/9/05

News Report

Terrorism / Terror War || Law / Courts

Brendan Coyne

Human rights advocates are using the case of a man held since 2001 to fight the Bush administration's ongoing policy of holding people it considers terrorists without providing them legally mandated rights.

Vets, Conservative Lawmakers Call for Changes in Detainment Policy

7/26/05

News Report

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Terrorism / Terror War

Brendan Coyne

Over 2,000 American war veterans call for an independent investigation to clean up the Pentagon’s detention policies while Republican members of Congress push curb controversial procedures.

Backlash Against Taser Company May Turn Tide on Shock Weapons

7/25/05

News Report

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Law / Courts

Andrew Stelzer

As a number of police departments begin to concur with human rights and victims’ advocates, the heat is on Taser International to defend its controversial devices or begin paying up.

Bush Taps Staunch Conservative for Supreme Court Justice

7/20/05

News Report

Law / Courts || Politics / Legislation

Jessica Azulay

Judge John G. Roberts Jr.’s record on the environment, civil rights, abortion, free speech and worker protection has the right cheering and the left gearing up.

Activists Work to Expose Roots of Modern Day Slavery

7/19/05

News Article

Labor Issues || Corporate Globalization

Michelle Chen

With thousands caught up in human trafficking, their advocates are addressing the underlying causes behind today’s forced labor market, looking to reform law enforcement, humanitarian aid and labor policy.

Patriot Act Reforms Clash in Congress, Public

7/15/05

News Article

Politics / Legislation || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Michelle Chen

While civil libertarians ask tough questions about just who the controversial post-9/11 legislation is aimed at, politicians in both camps introduce amendments and activists look to the grassroots.

Fight Over Guantánamo Prison Nears Boil, Takes Turn

7/11/05

News Article

Terrorism / Terror War || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Michelle Chen

With proponents of the infamous facility flatly singing its praises, Gitmo’s critics are shifting to a sophisticated approach of opposing the concept instead of just the compound.

Slavery Slips Through Cracks in U.S. Policy

7/5/05

Feature Article

Labor Issues || Civil / Human Rights

Michelle Chen

Even though Americans are increasingly aware that human trafficking takes place, an array of circumstances conspire to protect the trade, and a weak social response leaves freed victims in need.

Some Embassy Workers Enslave Domestic Help, Enjoy Immunity

6/28/05

News Article

Civil / Human Rights || Immigration / Refugees

Matt Kelley

International diplomats are taking advantage of immunity privileges in order to exploit foreign domestic workers in the United States; even after escape, victims can do little to fight back.

Felon Voting Rights Conflict Hits Federal Court

6/24/05

News Article

Elections / Democracy || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Michelle Chen

One of the most controversial state-level issues that arose with the debates over the fairness of recent elections is reaching the higher courts as convicted felons and ex-convicts demand the right to engage in the political system.

Feds Perched to Empower Local Cops to Enforce Immigration Laws

5/27/05

News Article

Immigration / Refugees || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Michelle Chen

Unprecedented authority may soon wind up in the hands of police: departments nationwide would gain the prerogative to arrest people for immigration violations, whether they want it or not.

Biases Highlighted in Case of Alleged Islamic Jihad Supporter

5/26/05

News Article

Law / Courts || Race / Racism

Andrew Stelzer

As their hearing nears, Middle Eastern men accused of illegally supporting a Palestinian militia face widespread prejudice that advocates fear will inevitably taint deliberations by a jury selected under questionable circumstances.

Immigration Bill Offers Changes But Gains Critics All Around

5/14/05

News Article

Immigration / Refugees || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

A bipartisan proposal aimed at appeasing activists on all sides of the immigration issue looks to reform existing laws and address uncomfortable realities. But some say it amounts to steps in all directions and stirs up as much as it settles.

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