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Posted on: Sep 12, 2006, Source: FindLaw.com

Bush's latest plo: call torture "alternative set of interrogation procedures" and get Congress to legalize it.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2006, Source: FindLaw.com

One of the government's main arguments for preserving Guantanamo is that the base harbors dangerous "enemy combatants." But more than thirty percent of the detainees were arrested far from any combat zone.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2005, Source: FindLaw.com

Bush has agreed to pass McCain's anti-torture ammendment. But he's added enough loopholes that the measure is also now a pro-torture ammendment.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2005, Source: FindLaw.com

Will Senator John McCain succeed in getting his anti-torture ammendment to become law or will the president's veto trump justice, fairness and human dignity?

Posted on: Aug 22, 2005, Source: FindLaw.com

In a rush to deport foreigners, the U.K. is sending them back to countries that have a proven record of torturing prisoners.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2005, Source: FindLaw.com

Colombia's approach to demobilizing illegal armed groups may amount to amnesty for some of the country's most notorious drug kingpins and vicious murderers.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2005, Source: FindLaw.com

Why is an American citizen being held without charges in Saudi Arabia? And why does the U.S. State Department seem to have a vested interest in keeping him there?

Posted on: Dec 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Sneaking into "liberated" Darfur, an American finds people dying of disease, hunger and international apathy.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2004, Source: FindLaw.com

With Chief Justice William Rehnquist gravely ill, Antonin Scalia is next in line to be Chief Justice. Welcome to the new anti-abortion, anti-gay-rights, pro-school prayer Supreme Court, where extremism is commonplace.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2004, Source: FindLaw.com

Are terrorists criminals or are they soldiers in an enemy force? In last week's rulings, the Supreme Court refused to answer this and other questions, but they gave hints of their positions.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2004, Source: FindLaw.com

In Florida, thousands of children are up for adoption, but gay parents need not apply.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2004, Source: FindLaw.com

A generation of women has come of age under Roe v. Wade, but the right to a safe and legal abortion remains under threat.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2003, Source: FindLaw.com

The U.S. cast the lone vote against a UN resolution calling for widespread public access to drugs in global epidemics such as HIV/AIDS.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2003, Source: FindLaw.com

Roosevelt's 'love them and kill them' approach is the obvious antecedent of a new endangered species policy that the Bush Administration announced this summer.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2003, Source: FindLaw.com

The passage of a new law in Israel means thousands of Israeli Arabs will have to choose between their country or their spouse.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2003, Source: FindLaw.com

Zacarias Moussaoui's fatal flaw may be his French nationality.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2003, Source: FindLaw.com

Language matters, especially for defendants. What we call people determines what legal rights they have.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2003, Source: Common Dreams

The Supreme Court rules that prisoners don't have the right to see their families.