June 2009

By Emily Spence  “Information Clearing House“  6/26/09

Recently, an American Civil Liberties Union report pointed out, “Anti-terrorism training materials currently being used by the Department of Defense (DoD) teach its personnel that free expression in the form of public protests should be regarded as ‘low level terrorism.”  (more…)

By William Fisher 6/25/09

An investigation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has revealed that former detainees at the U.S. Bagram airbase in Afghanistan were beaten, deprived of sleep, and threatened with dogs. (more…)

Democracy Now!

By Clive Safford Smith Guardian, U.K. 6/25/09

The BBC’s revelations about prisoner abuse at the US prison at Bagram airforce base in Afghanistan are the latest in a long line of revelations about abuse at US prisons around the world.

President Obama told us that this sort of thing has stopped. Well, it hasn’t. (more…)

By Daniel Tencer  Rawstory 6/25/09

A digital privacy watchdog group has filed suit against the Department of Justice in an attempt to make public new FBI surveillance rules that allow the bureau to spy on Americans even without any suspicion of terrorist activities.  (more…)

by Bitta Mostofi & Bill Quigley Commondreams 6/25/09

In Isfahan, Iran, an 80 year old woman stood defiantly in her doorway.  Twenty baton-wielding Basij men arrived on motorcycles and threatened to enter her house in pursuit of a group of young demonstrators. Instead of running with fear or turning her back on the demonstrators, this woman looked the pursuers straight in the eye and said “You will not get past me.” (more…)

Child Combatants

By Jennifer Pelton   June 2009

American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Juvenile Justice E-Newsletter (more…)

(Jennifer is a member of the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee.)

A confidential record of a meeting between President Bush and Tony Blair before the invasion of Iraq, outlining their intention to go to war without a second United Nations resolution, will be an explosive issue for the official inquiry into the UK’s role in toppling Saddam Hussein. (more…)

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