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Posted on: Apr 21, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Two FBI workers allegedly used surveillance equipment to spy on girls as they tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The man who blew the lid off Bush's spying program believes more details on government spying must, and will, come to light.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Slamming prisoners into walls, locking them in boxes with insects; these memos are the smoking gun for the sadistic crimes of the Bush administration.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The White House press briefing is often a laughable exercise. But that doesn't mean reporters should let crucial topics be mocked and trivialized.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A recent event honoring high school student essay contest winners gives us a glimpse into the bizarre mind of the Supreme Court judge.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A wave of prosecutions and some 25 "theft probes" are underway, but it's the inevitable result of a Pentagon policy that has bred rampant corruption.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The <i>New Yorker</i>'s Jane Mayer discusses the fallout from the Red Cross' shocking report on CIA torture and its serious legal implications.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Leon Panetta said on Thursday that interrogators will be replaced by agency employees and promised that no suspects would be tortured.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The 'study' was conducted last year in an undisclosed location, with the supposed goal of linking bomb blasts and brain injuries.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The report describes "three principal roles" played by medical professionals, including "monitoring the ongoing ill-treatment" of prisoners.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

It's not the first time Obama's DOJ has employed the tactic so often used by the Bush administration to block accountability for government crimes.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

"We wouldn't have any problem in taking in human beings," Chavez said this week, calling on the U.S. to "finish with that miserable prison."

Posted on: Apr 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Thirty-two of the deaths occurred at jails run by private companies, including 18 belonging to the notorious Corrections Corporation of America.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Issuing a stern warning on executive power, Judge John D. Bates has granted three prisoners in Afghanistan the right to challenge their detention.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Gen. David Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that a "sustained, substantial commitment" is needed in Afghanistan.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Watch out: 50,000-volt Tasers are deployed in London this week; meanwhile, a new model can 'instantly incapacitate' multiple people at a time.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Boeing, of course, is the same company that wasted tens of millions of dollars on a yet-to-be-completed "virtual fence" on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Dayana Mendoza on the U.S. prison camp: "I didn't want to leave."

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The six targets named include former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, who could face "immediate arrest" upon entering Spain.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Sgt. Joseph Mayo was sentenced to 35 years for his role in the killing, in which four Iraqis were bound, shot, and thrown in a canal.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that key provisions set to expire this year are 'exceptionally helpful.'

Posted on: Mar 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Now under the banner of "overseas contingency operations," the mission formerly known as the "war on terror" isn't going anywhere.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Amnesty International finds that while the world as a whole is moving away from the death penalty, executions went up last year.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet

One lawsuit challenges Obama's position on indefinite detention, calling it merely a "partial retreat" from Bush-era policies.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2009, Source: AlterNet

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has until midnight tonight to sign legislation to shut down the state's death machinery.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Words matter, as Obama said on the campaign trail. But when it comes to his detention and counterterrorism policies, his actions are speaking louder.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Prisoners described being put in dog collars, having their heads slammed against walls, and forced inside "coffin-like" boxes.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The plan involves 100 Yemeni detainees and is opposed by the government of Yemen, which argues it has its own program for ex-jihadists.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The author of A People's History of the United States discusses his newest project and why dissent is as important as ever.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Obama's DOJ lawyers are trying to get a judge to toss out a lawsuit by the so-called "enemy combatant," who was tortured under Bush.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Obama said he thinks all detainees should have "an opportunity through habeas corpus to answer to charges." But his DOJ disagrees.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

In cases involving torture, rendition and Bush's 'lost' emails, Obama lawyers are making the same arguments as Bush's.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Obama is adding religious advisers to the executive branch and kicking off events with prayers vetted by his staff.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The number is 'far higher' than the agency has ever admitted destroying.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The claim that Gitmo guards are getting "their kicks in" follows a Pentagon report boasting humane conditions at Gitmo.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

As Eric Holder calls for "frank conversations" on race in the U.S., the NY Post cartoon controversy reveals how far we have to go.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Exclusive pictures from today's protest outside the New York Post -- including shots of Rev. Al Sharpton and Amy Goodman.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Documents obtained by the ACLU and other groups expose more shocking treatment of prisoners from Gitmo to Bagram.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A famous 1970s experiment was recently replicated, revealing what it takes for us to question and resist those in positions of authority.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Attorneys representing the Obama administration are defending one of the most controversial practices of the Bush administration.