Judicial Ignorance and Bias Doom Ahmed Abu Ali to Decades in Isolation in Key “War on Terror” Case

By: Saturday April 13, 2013 3:07 pm

Ahmed Abu Ali was framed up by the notorious torturing security forces of Saudi Arabia. A confession, including incredible assertions he was a member of Al Qaeda, was planning another 9/11-type terrorist plot, and planning to assassinate former President George W. Bush, was coerced out of him via use of physical and psychological torture. But the evidence for this torture was contested in court. A judge decided to ignore psychiatric testimony from defense experts and use his own biased judgment on what a tortured person might remember while under torture to condemn Ahmed as guilty and condemn him to decades in solitary confinement. How could this have happened?

How Coverage of Obama’s Role in Drone Executions Provokes Liberal Outrage

By: Saturday June 2, 2012 5:24 pm

This morning, Chris Hayes did a segment on his show on MSNBC called “Up with Chris” that examined President Barack Obama’s reported “kill list,” whether the number of civilians being killed by drones is being hidden from the American public and whether the program is, in fact, legal as the Obama administration claims. The segment [...]

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 20

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 6:55 pm

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email kevin.gosztola@firedoglake.com. US State Embassy cables show Thailand is a refuge for fugitives. The New York Times reports on a March 2009 cable that reads, “Thailand has [...]

Bill Bennett Takes a Stab at Comparing Phone Hacking Scandal & WikiLeaks

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 6:30 pm

Former Secretary of Education and CNN contributor William Bennett joins the ranks of those seeking to deflect attention away from the News Corp phone hacking scandal by comparing the scandal to WikiLeaks. He also joins a cadre of people, who are using the scandal to whip up hysteria about the “unethical” conduct of the press [...]

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