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Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition Hide Download Files Download the 216-page report. 1.08 MB pdf Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency embarked on a highly classified program of secret detention and extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects. Globalizing Torture is the most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations. More than 10 years after the 2001 attacks, Globalizing Torture makes it unequivocally clear that the time has come for the United States and its partners to definitively repudiate these illegal practices and secure accountability for the associated human rights abuses.

OccupyWallStNYC : Our victory settlement this... Voting Law Changes in 2012 See our updated roundup of voting law changes in 2013. Ahead of the 2012 elections, a wave of legislation tightening restrictions on voting has suddenly swept across the country. More than 5 million Americans could be affected by the new rules already put in place this year — a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections. In October 2011, this report was the first full accounting and analysis of this year's voting cutbacks. Download the Report (PDF) Read Voting Law Changes Summary (UPDATED 10/5/12) Download the 2011 Appendix (PDF) Download the Overview (PDF) View the Report Executive Summary Over the past century, our nation expanded the franchise and knocked down myriad barriers to full electoral participation. State governments across the country enacted an array of new laws making it harder to register or to vote. These new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities.

NYT: City Leaves Police Official Without Lawyer to Fight Protester's Lawsuit Video taken Oct. 14, 2011, shows a police official identified in a lawsuit as Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona appearing to hit a protester. For the second time in a case stemming from Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, city lawyers are not stepping forward to defend a police commander accused of mistreating protesters, according to court papers filed on Wednesday. The commander in the new case, Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona, is named in a federal lawsuit brought by one protester, Felix Rivera-Pitre, who contends he was punched in the face during confrontations with the police in Lower Manhattan in October 2011. Amateur video taken at the time shows a high-ranking officer in a white shirt strike Mr. Rivera-Pitre. The city denied the accusations made in the complaint, which also names the City of New York. Neither the Law Department nor the Police Department immediately responded to queries on Wednesday. Ronald L. Mr. No such findings were made in the case of Mr.

Obama's regressive record makes Nixon look like Che Redditor Federal Reservations has made a handy post enumerating all the regressive, authoritarian, corporatist policies enacted by the Obama administration in its one-and-a-bit terms. You know, for someone the right wing press likes to call a socialist, Obama sure makes Richard Nixon look like Che Guevara. And what's more, this is only a partial list, and excludes the parade of copyright horrors and bad Internet policy emanating from the White House, via Joe Biden's push for Six Strikes, the US Trade Rep's push for secret Internet censorship and surveillance treaties like TPP and ACTA and TAFTA; the DoJ's push to criminalize every Internet user by expanding the CFAA, and much, much more. Thanks Obama!

[UPDATE] HIV Positive Protester Says Cop Who Punched Him Should Get Tested (Christopher Robbins/Gothamist) [UPDATE BELOW] During the chaotic Occupy Wall Street march through the financial district this morning, we witnessed a protester on William Street get punched in the face by a police officer, seemingly without provocation. He says the officer hit him so hard his earring got knocked out, but he managed to escape arrest. We caught up with the protester later: his name is Felix Rivera-Pitre, and he told us what happened and how he got away. Rivera-Pitre, who is HIV positive and used to be a dancer, tells us he was walking a little bit in front of the police on William Street, and admits he "shot the cop a look." Asked how he escaped, Rivera-Pitre says, "The cops were pulling me by my feet and the crowd was pulling me by my hands, and I was suspended in the air. Rivera-Pitre said he was participating in march because "my housing has been affected by the economy." Occupy Wall Street’s “Victory” March Video from on Vimeo.

10 Years Later, 9/11 Commission Says President Is Failing to Protect Civil Liberties The 9/11 Commission released a 10-year report card on the recommendations they made back in 2004. And one of three recommendations that remains entirely unfulfilled–the only one that is entirely the responsibility of the executive branch–is implementing a board to defend civil liberties. “[T]here should be a board within the executive branch to oversee adherence to the [privacy] guidelines we recommend and the commitment the government makes to defend our civil liberties.” An array of security-related policies and programs present significant privacy and civil liberty concerns. In particular, as the FBI and the rest of the intelligence community have dramatically expanded their surveillance of potential terrorists, they have used tools such as National Security Letters that may implicate the privacy of Americans. Describing the PCLOB as “dormant” is actually a huge favor to Obama. [snip] If we were issuing grades, the implementation of this recommendation would receive a failing mark.

[UPDATE] City Abandons NYPD White Shirt Who Sucker-Punched OWS Protester [UPDATE BELOW] Though many NYPD officers were recognizable players in the drama of Occupy Wall Street's struggle to peaceably assemble in Lower Manhattan—Winski, Hipster Cop, Albano, and who could forget the poetry of McNamara and DiPace?—two stand out as galvanizing the movement through their violent response to protesters. Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, who wantonly pepper-sprayed protesters in September 2011, and Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona, who sucker punched a protester in front of a million flashing cameras. The NYPD disciplined Bologna, and refused to provide him with an attorney to defend the multiple lawsuits against him. Now, the Law Department has declined to defend Cardona. Cardona and the City are being sued by Felix Rivera-Pitre, the protester Cardona punched on the violent march through Lower Manhattan on October 14, 2011, shortly after Mayor Bloomberg announced that he wouldn't be kicking protesters out of Zuccotti Park after all (that would come later).

There Are People Who Should Have to Plead for Mercy from a Judge—None Are Named Bradley Manning Pfc. Bradley Mannin and his civilian defense attorney, David Coombs, sit before a judge (Sketch by Clark Stoeckley) There are people in this world who should find themselves in a position where they must sit on a witness stand, look up to a judge and make a statement pleading with the judge for mercy so they are not put away in jail for the rest of their life. None of those people include Pfc. Bradley Manning and yet that is what he did on Wednesday, as he addressed a military court at Fort Meade. It was an apology for disclosing US government information to WikiLeaks. “At the time of my decisions, as you know, I was dealing with a lot of issues, issues that are ongoing and continuing to affect me. He did not only show remorse before the judge but also that he was ashamed of who he had been and what he had thought at the time of the offenses. “I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions. A statement like this was probably to be expected. Lt. These are but a few examples.

I fought the NYPD, and I won. | Shawn Carrié My name is Shawn Carrié, I’m 24 years old, a student, and a Queens native. On December 4, 2013 I settled my lawsuit against the NYPD for the brutality I suffered and the violation of my rights and liberties for participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement. The City of New York and the New York City Police Department have agreed to pay $82,500 to settle the case. I want to thank my lawyer, Jeffrey Rothman, for vehemently defending my civil liberties against the police. This case illustrates starkly the NYPD’s brutal response to the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the continuing malfeasance of its Intelligence Division in the suppression of protected First Amendment activity. I have always stood by my claims of what I was defiant and ready to fight them in court, to win and be vindicated that my rights were violated and the police were wrong. This was a massive, complex lawsuit, with many components. It started with just getting followed. I have PTSD that I’ll never get over.