The Guardian, By Jason Leopold, April 18
James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture – ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’ – Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Interview: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’
The psychologist [...]
…Joe Biden got out in front of the White House and shamed them into a policy change:
Another controversy has erupted over a Sellwood-Moreland business, this one over the owner’s views on gays and same-sex marriage…. Facebook and other social media sites have exploded over a soon-to-open fresh meat and vegetable store called Moreland Farmers Pantry. Neighbors and nearby business owners, once excited by the prospect of the new shop, are now [...]
The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference – heralded by some as a bold legal stroke – could be thwarted on procedural grounds.
ProPublica, By Nina Martin, March 20
The story of Tamesha Means and her miscarriage three years ago, if it happened the way her lawyers claim it did, is truly awful: Means [...]
McClatchy, By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins & Marisa Taylor, March 12/13
Washington – The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a [...]
Al Jazzera, March 14
The preliminary injunction bars the state from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of three marriages.
A federal judge ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system. There are currently 28 states facing legal [...]
Jan Brewer was really between a rock and a hard case this week, with the passage of SB1062, which I refer to as the Jim Peacock Law. I’m surprised how deftly she manuevered around it:
AP, February 27
Austin, TX — A federal judge declared Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional yesterday, but left it in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.
Judge Orlando Garcia issued the preliminary injunction after two gay couples challenged a state constitutional amendment and a long-standing law. He said the couples [...]
North Korea is an oppressive, tyrannical, and genocidal regime. One can only hope that, between rehab and this report, Dennis Rodman will stop making an ass of himself:
The Boston Globe, By James Vaznis, February 17
Boston – After months of delays, Massachusetts school districts have started fingerprinting teachers, administrators, bus drivers, and other employees and forwarding the information to the FBI for national background checks.
The effort officially began earlier this month in a handful of districts, with all school systems to [...]
Yahoo News, By Olivier Knox, February 12
The United States did not live up to the promise of the First Amendment last year, “far from it,” sinking to 46th in global press freedom rankings, a respected international nonprofit group said Wednesday.
The U.S. plummeted 13 slots to 46th overall “amid increased efforts to track down [...]
BBC, February 13
Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.
When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.
France24, February 6
Turkish lawmakers approved legislation late on Wednesday that will tighten government controls over the Internet, in a move roundly criticised as a fresh assault on freedom of expression, access to information and investigative journalism.
The text notably permits a government agency, the Telecommunications Communications Presidency (TIB), to block access to websites without [...]
BBC, February 1
Thousands of Spaniards have protested in Madrid against a draft law backed by the government that would restrict the right to abortion.
Activists carried banners saying “Allow mothers to decide” and “Deciding makes us free”.
The law would limit abortion to cases of rape, and instances where the health of the mother [...]
BBC, January 31
Canada’s electronic spy agency collected data from travellers passing through a major airport, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports.
The CSEC collected information captured from unsuspecting passengers’ wireless devices by the airport’s free wi-fi system over two-weeks, the report says.
The revelations come from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, CBC says.