“The first large array of photographs depicting the devastating impact of US unmanned aircraft (‘drone’) attacks on innocent civilians in Pakistan” goes on display in London today. Its photographic evidence belies claims by the U.S. of no collateral killing of civilians by the drone attacks. The exhibit opens just as former CIA counsel John Rizzo is being charged for murder in Pakistan for his role in approving the attacks, and as Human Rights Watch has begun a campaign to seek the prosecution of Bush administration officials for torture. Is the Obama administration listening? Not only are they against investigations or prosecutions of past officials, they have engaged in war crimes of their own, most particularly around the controversial drone program of targeted killings.
The United States has enjoyed a close military-to-military relationship with President Ali Abdullah Saleh, providing Saleh with military equipment to help the US prosecute the “war on terrorism” in Yemen. In the past months, however, the US has shifted its position toward Yemen because of the instability created by a
(photo: Image by Rashid Johnson (Red Onion Prison in Virginia) in support of CA hunger strikers) Prisoners engaged in a hunger strike at Pelican Bay supermax prison have been on strike for more than fifteen days now. With a growing group of supporters on the outside, the strike against solitary
Even when someone is on a hunger strike medical care should be given. In fact it is critical that there is regular checks as slowly starving can affect other organs and turn south very quickly. This is not happening for the Pelican Bay hunger strikers.
A government can say they are taking a holistic approach to something like the ‘war on terror’ but that does not mean that they are actually doing it. The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice has a new report out showing just how poorly the United States is doing in this area.
(photo: Stephen Cummings) (update below) The Wall Street Journal editorial staff has now officially committed to lying through their teeth about how the phone hacking scandal at News of the World is exactly like the New York Times, The Guardian and other newspapers working with WikiLeaks. Yesterday, the editorial staff
Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. All times are in EST. And, if you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email email@example.com. Atlanta City Council has okayed a measure that will bring Big Brother to Atlanta.
(photo: Cover of new CHRGJ report on impact of US counter-terrorism policies on women, sexual minorities) Calling attention to how the US government’s counter-terrorism measures impact women and sexual minorities (those in the LGBTI community), the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) has released a report that suggests
Calling attention to how the US government’s counter-terrorism measures impact women and sexual minorities (those in the LGBTI community), the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) has released a report that suggests the USG government cannot continue to claim it is taking a “holistic” approach to countering terrorism while at the same time failing to address how the so-called “war on terrorism” impacts women, men and sexual minorities differently.
Murdoch-owned papers are working overtime to defend Murdoch from blowback from the phone hacking scandal. And in a recent editorial addressing the business of news and those who are criticizing members of the News Corp family, the Wall Street Journal delivers a dig against papers like The Guardian that have done business with WikiLeaks.