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Posted on: Jun 12, 2008, Source: AlterNet

After a six-year battle that cut to the Constitution's core, a look at how advocates for Gitmo prisoners won a major victory against Bush.

Posted on: May 30, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A Supreme Court ruling recently gave states the green light to resume executions; two of the first three executed prisoners were mentally disabled.

Posted on: May 22, 2008, Source: AlterNet

On May 21, after nearly 26 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Michigan prisoner Walter Swift was finally released. But is he really free?

Posted on: May 19, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Angry vets testify to horrors of killing innocent people, and the way they came to dehumanize those they were supposedly sent to "liberate."

Posted on: Apr 30, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Phil Donahue's documentary <i>Body of War</i> offers a chilling view of how the lies that led us to war changed the life of one Iraq veteran.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

New York City police officers get away with murder. Again.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The Bush Administration won't let the facts get in the way in its desperate attempts to convict six men on terrorism charges.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Weeks after defending the war before Congress, General David Petraeus is tapped to become the head of U.S. Central Command.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2008, Source: AlterNet

With the world's most famous death row prisoner recently denied a new trial, activists take to the streets on April 19th.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2008, Source: AlterNet

With a 7-2 ruling ending a moratorium on state-sanctioned killing, states across the country are gearing up to resume executions.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The <i>New York Times</i> reports that the former attorney general can't find a job. That should be the least of his problems.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2008, Source: AlterNet

News that the Bush administration threw out the Fourth Amendment after 9/11 is a sobering reminder of the lawlessness of its spying program.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Current controversy aside, the border "fence" is one of those harebrained schemes that might be funny if it weren't so cynical and racist.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A recent report shows that the Bush administration has failed to deliver on its promise to cut the FOIA backlog. This is no accident.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The Georgia Supreme Court refuses to grant a new trial to a death row prisoner who is almost certainly innocent.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2008, Source: AlterNet

In the scheme of human rights and the U.S. criminal justice system, the case of the "Angola 3" is one of the great injustices of our time.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Gender panel at Winter Soldier conference suggests pattern of condescending to outright sexist behavior in the armed forces.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2008, Source: AlterNet

For every awful story told at the Winter Soldier hearings, there are many, many more.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The Vatican's talk of "social sins" may indicate progress. But before it speaks for social responsibility, the Church has to have to take some itself.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2008, Source: AlterNet

For years, America has been using a British island as a landing pad for its torture taxis -- only now has the U.K. admitted to it.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The attorney general's last-ditch attempt to preserve our federal crack cocaine sentencing guidelines was pure "War on Drugs" propaganda.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A bloated prison system is against the country's best interests. Yet "tough on crime" rhetoric has gotten in the way of reform.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The Attorney General pays a six-hour surprise visit to Guantanamo Bay.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2008, Source: AlterNet

As the Democratic party becomes increasingly pro-gun, not even campus bloodshed grabs the candidates' attention.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The media missed a damning story that has actual implications for American democracy.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2008, Source: AlterNet

After more than two years, Inner City Press disappears from Google News.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A pair has been delivered to No. 10 Downing Street and spotted on the runway at London Fashion Week.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2008, Source: AlterNet

McCain's vote against a ban on waterboarding must have set Romney's heart aflutter.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Giving Starbucks coffee to prisoners is no substitute for a clean trial.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Barack Obama has pushed for restoring habeas corpus and closing Gitmo, but some of his positions on terrorism and civil liberties are vague.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The President's attack on the Freedom of Information Act is his latest attempt to preserve state secrecy.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Looks like "post-racial" politics haven't reached the courtroom

Posted on: Jan 31, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Laugh or cry, but take a moment to read two more takes on Wednesday's Mukasey hearing.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The Attorney General admits he might "feel" waterboarding is torture if he went through it, but calls the matter "unresolved."

Posted on: Jan 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The Bush Administration nominates one of its favorite pro-torture lawyers for a top DOJ post. Again.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Senators still to decide whether to grant immunity to telecoms.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Opposing the death penalty used to distinguish Democrats from Republicans. Now, across party lines, death is just another day at the office.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2007, Source: AlterNet

It is impossible to tell the difference between the dark stories emerging from Bush's "extraordinary renditions" policy and the Hollywood fiction about horrible torture.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The confession makes a guilty verdict almost automatic. So why are many "suspects" making false confessions?

Posted on: Sep 13, 2007, Source: AlterNet

It's all part of a tidy little racket involving No Child Left Behind and strange devices called COWS.