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Disturbance Sunday on same flight number as Christmas attempt

UPDATE: “JTTF investigated, and the investigation shows that this was a non-serious incident and all is clear at this point,” according to Sandra Berchtold. Berchtold, a spokeswoman for the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Detroit, said Sunday’s alert was caused by a passenger who “spent a lengthy time in the…

Franken’s anti-rape amendment becomes law

Over the unexplained objections of 30 Republican Senators, an anti-rape amendment authored by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) became law Monday with President Obama’s signature on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. The provision was sparked by the gang-rape of a 19-year-old Kellogg, Brown & Root employee by her coworkers…

BBC asks users: ‘Should homosexuals face execution?’

A seemingly well meaning poll aimed at raising awareness of a proposed Ugandan law that would subject gay men and women to execution found itself in the middle of reader ire after its wording raised questions about the underlying premise of the poll. Posted on a BBC talkboard, the poll…

Obama attorneys step up defense of torture memo author

Citing an argument that hallmarked the Bush years, Obama administration attorneys have asked a San Francisco court to drop all charges against Berkeley law professor John Yoo, who authored legal opinions that permitted the torture of prisoners. An amicus curiae brief [PDF link] filed by the Department of Justice with…

GOP candidate Christie in trouble with the ‘Knights Who Say Ni’

And now for something completely different. Chris Christie, the former Bush-appointed US attorney challenging New Jersey Democratic Governor John Corzine in today’s election, doesn’t seem to know much about copyright law, say members of the British comedy troupe Monty Python. Two former Pythons say Christie blatantly violated copyright law when…

Court rules victim of ‘extraordinary rendition’ can’t sue

Lawyer: Ruling places executive officials ‘above the law’ A Canadian citizen who was wrongly identified as a terrorist suspect and reportedly tortured in a Syrian prison for nearly a year after US authorities sent him there has lost his bid to sue the US government. In a 7 to 4…

Journalists ‘outraged’ at Obama for media shield bill changes

The Society of Professional Journalists said it is “outraged” over the Obama administration’s alterations to a bill which would leverage a “shield law” nation-wide to protect reporters and their sources. The Free Flow of Information Act, the group said on Friday, would have offered significant protections against journalists being forced…

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