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In Pam Martens article “Wall Street Firms Spy on Protesters In Tax-Funded Center” she discusses how recently it came out that there has been more than $150 million in taxpayer money going to equip a government facility in “lower Manhattan where Wall Street firms get to sit alongside the New York Police Department and spy […]
To hear some tell it, the intelligence clues that ultimately led to Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan were generated by the use of torture. But the evidence available so far does not bear this out. Torture advocates on the right are claiming vindication. On Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor (5/2/11), Rep. Peter King (R.-N.Y.) […]
New criminal justice reforms that lawmakers passed will undoubtedly save the lives of people who have been wrongly imprisoned. Perhaps the most important was House Bill 215, which reforms police lineup procedures. Witness misidentification was a factor in 75 percent of wrongful convictions, according to the New York-based Innocence Project. HB 215, by Rep. Pete […]
Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp has been a subject of controversy ever since it was established in 2002 by the Bush Administration as a detainment and interrogation facility for prisoners of war. On June 10th, 2006, three Guantanamo prisoners were found dead in their cells, hanging from what had appeared to be a makeshift noose. With […]