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Posted on: Sep 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A hot new iPhone App uses GPS technology to track registered sex offenders everywhere. Are they keeping you safe, or profiting off paranoia?

Posted on: Sep 18, 2009, Source: AlterNet

At the Values Voters Summit in D.C., the former beauty queen reflected on her answer on same sex marriage: "God chose me for that moment.'"

Posted on: Sep 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Tasers aren't 'nonlethal'; they've killed hundreds. With younger people being especially vulnerable to the Taser's shock, the risks could be very deadly.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Muntader al-Zaidi, who says he was given "electric shocks" and "beaten by electric cables and steel rods" in prison, says he will divulge the names of those who tortured him.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The "Personhood Amendment" would define someone as a "person," regardless of age or health status, "from the beginning of the biological development of that human being."

Posted on: Sep 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

While other states release low-risk, high-cost prisoners, CA officials want to jail another terminal prisoner, on taxpayers' dime.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

This is the man who once expressed concern for the nation's students by asking: "Is our children learning?"

Posted on: Sep 4, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The woman who once celebrated the fact that she could see no signs of the economic crisis on Manhattan's Upper East Side has more to say.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

With apparent psychos like Garrido wreaking havoc, it's hard for society to be reasonable about the thousands of people have been wrongly swept up by excessive sex offender laws.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

What decade is this again?

Posted on: Aug 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet

One commenter: "Now if we could just talk God into taking Arlin Spector, Harry Reid,and Nancy Pelosi America would be Eutopia!"

Posted on: Aug 20, 2009, Source: AlterNet

When judges take on airs and lash out in fits of whimsical bullying, innocent people can end up paying the price with jail time -- or their lives.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The Boston policeman who called Gates a "banana-eating jungle monkey" had taken racial-sensitivity training classes. It's not clear they work.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a judge to "receive testimony and findings of fact as to whether evidence ... establishes [Davis's] innocence."

Posted on: Aug 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

There's no indication that getting hate crimes on the books actually prevents them.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The "birther" conspiracy has been utterly debunked, yet more GOP establishment figures have embraced the transparently racist cause.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Laws expanding DNA collection from people accused of crimes are passing in states across the country. But it doesn't mean that justice will be done.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Francis Collins has defended practices derided by the God squad. But a man committed to reconciling faith and science brings back bad Bush memories.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Alvaro Uribe could be re-elected through just the type of referendum the ousted Manuel Zelaya has been accused of trying to carry out.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A new report finds people on the terrorist watch list can more easily buy guns than board planes. But the real problem lies deeper than that.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The transfer of four Uighur prisoners to Bermuda has been treated like a happy human-interest story, but the truth is far darker.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

News this weekend that Jose Padilla has the right to sue torture lawyer John Yoo is no thanks to the Obama administration.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2009, Source: AlterNet

At AlterNet, I'm fighting for a society that doesn't victimize the innocent and vulnerable. To do it right, I need your support.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Exposing the latest and slimiest ways the "financial services" industry is raking it in from cash-crunched Americans.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

"The family of Dr. George Tiller announces that effective immediately, Women's Health Care Services, Inc., will be permanently closed."

Posted on: Jun 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A surprising poll shows that by wide margins, Americans don't want to see Gitmo shut down -- here's why it should be closed forever.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

"These screw-ups happen," said one former director of central intelligence.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Today marks the 200th execution under Perry, a record even deadlier than George W. Bush's tenure. What's the matter with Texas?

Posted on: May 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

How far is Obama going to roll back the legacy of Bush's torture policies?

Posted on: May 12, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Yoo joins an 'increasingly rightward-tilting lineup' that includes former Senator Rick Santorum and torture fan Michael Smerconish.

Posted on: May 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

'Stressed out' soldier in military custody after attack at Camp Liberty

Posted on: May 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A teenage girl is strip-searched and gets snickered at by old men in robes for challenging it -- what's so funny about the Fourth Amendment?

Posted on: May 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet

In the eyes of the children whose families die in U.S. led wars, the Americans are the terrorists.

Posted on: May 4, 2009, Source: AlterNet

"It's like confronting the Webster dictionary on a word," Janine Driver told Roland Martin. "You can't beat Condoleezza Rice. She is awesome."

Posted on: May 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Although details are scarce, Supreme Court Justice David Souter reportedly plans to retire at the end of his term.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The corporate news claims Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is "co-opting" Obama's election slogan. But it was never his to begin with.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2009, Source: AlterNet

23-year-old Steven Green is accused of bragging 'that was awesome' after the premeditated killing of Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi and her family.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

In a crucial defeat for the Obama administration, an ACLU lawsuit on behalf of five victims of extraordinary rendition will move forward.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Abandoned animals and "foreclosure pets" are the innocent victims of our financial downward spiral.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Amid citizen outrage and news that torture was used to extract a link between Iraq and al Qaeda, Eric Holder won't say if he intends to prosecute.