Willam Fisher

3 Months in Juvie For a MySpace Joke? How the For-Profit Prison Industry Locks Up More People Each Year

Seventeen-year-old Hillary Transue did what lots of 17-year-olds do: Got into mischief. Hillary's mischief was composing a MySpace page poking fun at the assistant principal of the high school she attended in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Hillary was an honor student who'd never had any trouble with the law before. And her MySpace page stated clearly that the page was a joke. But despite all that, Hilary found herself charged with harassment. She stood before a judge and heard him sentence her to three months in a juvenile detention facility.

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The Obama Administration Will Put a Child Soldier On Trial at Gitmo This Summer

Legal experts and civil libertarians are attacking the administration of President Barack Obama for ressusciting what they regard as "deeply flawed" military commissions to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay -- and their choice of a "child soldier" as the first defendant.

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Is the Obama Administration Covering Up Three Murders at Guantanamo?

NEW YORK, Jan 22  (IPS) -- Is the administration of President Barack Obama concealing evidence suggesting that three suicides at Guantanamo Bay were not suicides at all?

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Christmas Bomb Plot May Mean No Release For Yemeni Prisoners at Gitmo Anytime Soon

NEW YORK, Jan 4 (IPS) - In the wake of the failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day, legal experts and human rights advocates are pushing back against calls from politicians to halt the planned release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to their home country, Yemen.

The would-be bomber, a 23-year-old Nigerian, was disarmed and taken down by passengers and crew of Northwest Airlines flight 253. Now in government custody, he was carrying an explosive device in his underwear.

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Obama Quietly Backs Renewing Patriot Act Surveillance Provisions

NEW YORK, 23 Nov (IPS) - With the health care debate preoccupying the mainstream media, it has gone virtually unreported that the Barack Obama administration is quietly supporting renewal of provisions of the George W. Bush-era USA Patriot Act that civil libertarians say infringe on basic freedoms.

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Decision to Try Terror Suspects in New York Draws Praise from Human Rights Activists

NEW YORK, 15 Nov - The U.S. government's decision to bring five high-profile terror suspects to the United States to face trials in a civilian court has drawn reactions ranging from praise to condemnation to confusion.

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Could Bush Attorney General John Ashcroft Pay For Jailing an Innocent Man After 9/11?

NEW YORK, Sep 8 (IPS) -- In what is being hailed as an unprecedented ruling, a federal appeals court has concluded that the George W. Bush administration's first attorney general, John Ashcroft, can be held personally responsible for the wrongful detention of an innocent U.S. citizen.

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ACLU Sues Controversial Arizona Sheriff

NEW YORK, Aug 21 (IPS) - The man who boasts he is "America's Toughest Sheriff" - and who is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for civil rights violations - this week added another lawsuit to thousands already pending against him.

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Why Are Muslim Charities Still Being Branded as Terrorist Bankrollers?

NEW YORK, Jul 8 (IPS) - While President Barack Obama conceded in his speech in Cairo last month that U.S. rules on charitable giving "have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation," civil rights advocates are pressing the president to turn his words into action.

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Bush Torturers May Face Justice Yet

Human rights advocates who were critical of President Barack Obama’s decision not to prosecute Central Intelligence Agency operatives who tortured war-on-terror prisoners are hailing a Spanish judge’s order to pursue a criminal investigation into the actions of six Bush administration lawyers for providing legal cover for torture -- despite a recommendation from his prosecutors that the case not go forward.

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