Fifty Years Ago: The Music of the March on Washington Rally

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 4:27 pm

Songs give people the ability to muster the courage to dissent and keep on struggling for freedom and justice. They were part of the fabric of the civil rights movement. The importance of music is why musical performances at the March on Washington demonstration were necessary. “Without the songs of the movement, personally I believe [...]

MLK Jr. on ‘Meet the Press’ Before March on Washington: How Little Views of Dissent Have Changed in Press

By: Sunday August 25, 2013 1:15 pm

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy *Note: Before Dr. King was assassinated, he called the United States in his “Beyond Vietnam” speech the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Don’t forget that as you view the commercials and advertisements from military contractor, Boeing, which sponsored the re-airing [...]

German Prosecutor Would Have Filed Indictments for CIA Rendition Had US Provided Information

By: Monday February 18, 2013 5:35 pm

The German newspaper Spiegel has an interview with a German prosecutor, who ultimately decided not to file indictments in the case of Egyptian Muslim cleric Abu Omar. Omar was kidnapped in a CIA operation in Italy and rendered to Germany and then Egypt, where he was tortured. Last week, according to Reuters, a Milan appeals [...]

Judge Clears Federal Officials of Wrongdoing in Harsh Confinement of Muslims Immediately After 9/11

By: Friday January 18, 2013 11:32 am

A federal judge dismissed complaints in a lawsuit alleging former Justice Department officials violated the rights of Arab or Muslim immigrants in the immediate months after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights, sought to hold the officials accountable for subjecting the immigrants to harsh confinement on the [...]

How the Government’s Prosecution of Aaron Swartz Pushed Him Toward Death

By: Monday January 14, 2013 10:43 am

Three major newspapers ran stories this morning on the suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who the government was aggressively prosecuting for allegedly “hacking” into JSTOR to liberate some academic articles and make them more widely available to the world. Swartz was set to go on trial in April. The Wall Street Journal reported, “Just [...]

Macedonia Held Accountable for Role in US Rendition Program

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 3:23 pm

A landmark ruling was issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) holding the European Union responsible for its role in the CIA’s detention and rendition of German national Khaled El-Masri. The ECHR unanimously found Macedonia had been responsible for his “unlawful detention, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment, and for his transfer out [...]

Penn State University & the Folly of ‘Moving Forward, Not Looking Back’

By: Monday July 23, 2012 12:35 pm

What former FBI director Louis Freeh described in the report that came from an eight-month inquiry included details on how the institution of Penn State University had shown “total disregard for the safety and welfare” of the child victims of now-convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky “by the most senior leaders” of the university. For fourteen years, [...]

Revisiting CIA Torture on International Day of Support for Victims

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 8:33 pm

“Every day, women, men and children are tortured or ill-treated with the intention of destroying their sense of dignity and human worth,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared. He called on countries to “provide concrete support for victims of torture and prove their commitment to fighting a cruel and dehumanizing practice that remains pervasive.” The [...]

Afghanis & Iraqis Tortured by US Military Take Case to International Human Rights Tribunal

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 1:29 pm

Three Afghanis and three Iraqis allegedly tortured by the US military at detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan are proceeding with their case despite having the their case dismissed and upheld by an appeals court in November of last year. On March 19, a petition against the US was filed by the American Civil Liberties [...]

Court Rehears Whistleblower’s Torture Suit Against Rumsfeld

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 1:23 pm

The US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is set to rehear a civil suit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today. The suit, brought by Donald Vance, a US Navy veteran and former defense contractor, and Nathan Ertel, also a former defense contractor, alleges Rumsfeld is responsible for “intentional mistreatment” that occurred when they were [...]

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