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Bradley Manning hearing focuses on unlawful pre-trial punishment

By Naomi Spencer, November 28, 2012

The Army’s pre-trial hearing resumed Tuesday against Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

US Supreme Court to consider challenge to 1965 Voting Rights Act

By Tom Carter, November 12, 2012

The 1965 Voting Rights Act ranks among the most significant reforms that emerged from the upheavals of the civil rights period.

Texas police helicopter fires on immigrants, killing two

By Bill Van Auken, October 27, 2012

The killing of two fleeing immigrants by airborne Texas Rangers is only the latest in a growing list of deadly incidents on the US-Mexico border.

US seeks to bar testimony on torture in military trial of alleged 9/11 plotters

By Don Knowland, October 26, 2012

Government motions to preclude the alleged 9/11 plotters from testifying about their detention and torture have been submitted to the military commission that is trying the defendants for war crimes.

FBI entraps Bangladeshi student in fake terror plot

By Bill Van Auken, October 19, 2012

In the latest in a seemingly endless series of “sting” operations, the FBI ensnared a 21-year-old Bangladeshi student in a fabricated plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve.

Spate of police shootings coincides with deepening social crisis in New York

By Ali Ismail, October 13, 2012

Recent shooting incidents have taken place amid a worsening social crisis in the city, provoking widespread anger towards the NYPD.

Pennsylvania judge postpones enforcement of anti-democratic voter ID law

By Samuel Davidson, October 4, 2012

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered a postponement of sections of the state’s new voter ID law, which would have blocked tens of thousands of registered voters from casting ballots in the November elections.

Democratic rights under threat as US Supreme Court opens new term

By Tom Carter, October 4, 2012

In a significant number of cases expected to come before the US Supreme Court this term, democratic rights are in jeopardy.

ACLU Report: Obama administration expands domestic spying

By Eric London, October 1, 2012

Under the Obama administration, there has been a 60 percent increase in warrantless electronic surveillance by the Department of Justice, according to a report Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mentally ill double amputee shot to death by Houston police

By Charles Abelard, September 26, 2012

Houston police fatally shot a mentally ill double amputee, a ward of the state of Texas, who was said to be waving a "silver object”—a pen—at a policeman while sitting in his wheelchair at his care facility.

Federal court upholds key provision of Arizona law targeting immigrants

By Ed Hightower, September 7, 2012

A federal court has refused to block enforcement of the most draconian section of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law directing police to determine the status of people they stop while enforcing traffic regulations or other laws.

California Assembly passes resolution defining criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism

By Tom Carter, September 4, 2012

Last month, the California State Assembly passed a resolution urging state educational institutions to limit criticism of the state of Israel on campuses.