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Pepper-spraying cop accused of abusing Bush protesters in 2004

Activists have identified the senior New York Police Department officer who allegedly pepper-sprayed young women at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, and it’s not the first time he has been accused of civil rights abuses. The Guardian confirmed that the officer is Anthony Bologna, who was also accused of civil…

Conyers joins growing chorus calling for Bush torture probe

Following the revelation that President George W. Bush not only approved of but emphatically supported his administration’s torture program, a growing chorus of lawmakers and human rights groups has expressed outrage at the lack of investigations and prosecutions. Torture is illegal under US and international law, including the UN Convention…

Flush human rights: Activist stocks campus bathrooms with torture toilet paper

Human rights are getting flushed down the toilet over and over again. Literally. In an attempt to draw attention to the practices of former Bush adviser John Yoo, an activist at the University of California Berkeley School of Law installed toilet paper printed with the United Nations Convention Against Torture…

Exclusive: NAACP calls Tea Party speaker’s quip ‘outrageous, insidious’

Convention’s opening speaker suggested reinstating law that kept blacks from voting WASHINGTON — Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo may have fired up the most zealous conservatives at the first ever National Tea Party Convention, but he hasn’t pleased the renowned civil rights group NAACP. Speaking before a crowd of 600…

Tea Party Convention forgets US flag, blames hotel staff

Perhaps the inaugural National Tea Party Convention was striving for historical accuracy. On Thursday, Tennessee’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center welcomed “hundreds of conservative activists” on Thursday (See also Invoking ‘literacy test,’ Tea Party opening speaker suggests blacks be kept from voting), who are often referred to as “flag-wavers.”…

Maddow mocks Bush’s latest ‘post-presidency cringe-inducing activity’

Later this month, former President George W. Bush will join up with Liz Cheney, the daughter of his former vice president, to speak to a group of hunters in Reno, Nevada. Attendees of the Safari Club International Annual Hunters’ Convention will also be treated to the musical stylings of Three…

Palin’s snub of conservative conference raises many questions

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s rejection of an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February is arousing widespread criticism and speculation, especially in light of her headliner role at the National Tea Party Convention scheduled for just two weeks earlier. CPAC has been the primary…

Nevada GOP throws in the convention towel

How sad is the state of the GOP in Nevada that its party cancels its own convention? So sad…NOT. Citing a lack of interest, the Nevada Republican Party has called off its state convention and will instead pick its delegates to the national convention by private conference call. The state…

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