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ACLU: ‘Unjustified homicides’ go unpunished at military prisons

The American Civil Liberties Union has said it identified 25 to 30 cases of “unjustified homicide” in US-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. After filing a Freedom of Information request in 2009, the civil rights group last week obtained 2,624 pages of documents from the US military detailing…

‘Smoking gun’ letter reveals official Vatican cover-up of child sex abuses

A letter written by a Vatican official in 1997, marked “strictly confidential,” warned Irish bishops to avoid reporting the sexual abuse of children in the church, in hopes of avoiding public fallout from the scandals that were sure to ensue. Victims’ groups the world over were calling the letter — first…

Citing police abuse, Hispanics leaving Conn. town

Hispanics leaving Conn. town as FBI probes complaints of police abuse, racial profiling Santiago Malave has worked law enforcement jobs in Connecticut for more than four decades, but as a Puerto Rican, he says he cannot drive through his own town without worrying about police harassing him. Malave, a probation…

WikiLeaks urges U.S. to fully examine abuses

The founder of WikiLeaks called on the United States on Thursday to fully examine abuses by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to halt its “aggressive investigation” into his whistle-blowing organization. Julian Assange said WikiLeaks would release thousands of documents this year concerning not only the United States, but…

Documents reveal Catholic Diocese in San Diego covered up for pedophile priests

Newly released documents show the Diocese of San Diego long knew about abusive priests, some of whom were shuffled from parish to parish despite credible complaints against them. Attorneys for 144 people claiming sex abuse made the papers public Sunday, after a retired San Diego Superior Court judge ruled last…

US tried to stop prisoner abuse: Army general

The top US Army general said Monday that US forces tried to stop prisoner abuse by Iraqi authorities, denying suggestions in documents released by whistleblower site WikiLeaks. General George Casey, the Army chief of staff who earlier headed forces in Iraq for nearly three years, said there was “some suggestion…

UN calls for probe into US inaction on torture

‘Fragmentary order 242′ allowed US forces to ignore torture allegations: report The United Nations’ point man on torture is calling on the Obama administration to open a full investigation into newly-released documents that suggest the US may have turned a blind eye to torture in Iraq. Manfred Nowak, the UN’s…

Rev. Jesse Jackson launches UK group to oppose abuse of police powers

American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is starting a group in the U.K. to oppose what he calls the abuse of police powers to stop and search people. The group, called StopWatch, wants to stop police from disproportionately stopping and searching ethnic minorities. Last week, Britain’s Equality and Human…

US unable to document any payments for Abu Ghraib

US cannot document any payment to detainees for abuse at Abu Ghraib. Fending off demands that he resign over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress he had found a legal way to compensate Iraqi detainees who suffered “grievous and brutal abuse and cruelty at…

DEA: Clean out your medicine cabinets Saturday

As prescription drug abuse climbs, DEA offers locations to dump unwanted medicine Saturday Tim Strain was a victim of prescription drugs, not an abuser. His girlfriend’s mother gave the 18-year-old additional pain medication for a serious burn, leading to a fatal overdose. Now his parents, Bernie and Beverly Strain, want…

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