The Senate has just passed the greatest expansion of federal hate-crime "protections" since the legislation's inception in 1968. While the original law was limited to crimes motivated by race, religion, and ethnicity, the current measure will increase federal scope to cover "sexual orientation," "gender," "gender identity," and disability.
Attorney General Eric Holder is on the verge of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate felony torture under the Bush administration.
A rash of articles has surfaced deploring pervasive rape among inmates in U.S. jails and prisons. The July 8 opinion piece in the Washington Times by Lovisa Stannow, executive director of Just Detention International (formerly Stop Prisoner Rape) inadvertently highlighted two national disgraces: prison rapes and the U.S. rate of prisoner release, a shocking 95 percent of all inmates. If this statistic is even close to accurate, no wonder our nation’s streets are awash in violent crime by repeat offenders with long “rap sheets."
The picture that emerges from 51 pages of recently declassified documents about detention at Guantanamo is one of persistent torture approved directly by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, combined with administrative incompetence on the ground at Guantanamo and a flagrant White House betrayal of military brass in charge of interrogations.
At the behest of the Mexican government, federal agents are scouring the streets of Houston in search of guns and information. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently sent 100 agents from around the country to do the job. The plan is part of the ATF’s project Gunrunner, the agency’s battle plan to slow the flow of American guns into Mexico.
Defense lawyers for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee have won a partial victory in opening up the torture at secret CIA prisons around the world during the Bush administration.
A major battle over censorship is igniting. Since October 2007, United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has been trying to kill a book that paints him in an unfavorable light. A new edition of TRIPLE CROSS: How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI by Peter Lance is due to be released on June 16, at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
“George R. Tiller, the nation's most prominent provider of controversial late-term abortions, was shot and killed yesterday in the lobby of his Lutheran church in Wichita, where he was serving as an usher,” the Washington Post reported on June 1. Tiller specialized in performing abortions during the final stages of pregnancy, when the baby is far along in development and, in most cases, could survive outside the womb with proper medical treatment.
The New York Times published an article on May 20 that divulged that “an unreleased Pentagon report concludes that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are engaged in terrorism or militant activity, according to administration officials.”
Conservative Fox News Commentator and former district judge Andrew Napolitano said President George W. Bush is likely a felon in a May 8 broadcast over the Fox News Network. The criticism comes as the first nationally televised criminal accusation from both a prominent conservative as well as from a veteran judge.