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47 items by John Knefel

  • What Happens to Justice in a Perpetual War?

    What Happens to Justice in a Perpetual War? | ARTICLE

    I. Emma Barker-Lasar is 19 years old. She attends community college in central New Jersey and works part-time for minimum wage at a Goodwill, but needs another job because she can't get scheduled for more than 29 hours...

    June 25, 2013 4:45 PM ET
  • Guantanamo Bay: Stories From Inside the World's Most Infamous Jail

    Guantanamo Bay: Stories From Inside the World's Most Infamous Jail | ARTICLE

    Guantanamo Bay's Camp X-Ray – once the center of the newly designated Global War On Terror – is all weeds and decaying wood shacks now. Between opening in January 2002 and closing four months later, the camp...

    June 17, 2013 1:00 PM ET
  • Justice at Guantanamo: From the Profound to the Absurd

    Justice at Guantanamo: From the Profound to the Absurd | ARTICLE

    Arriving at Guantanamo Bay is a bit like coming out of the other end of a warp-speed jump in a sci-fi movie. All of a sudden, you find yourself in a world that is beyond the ability...

    June 13, 2013 3:55 PM ET
  • Grand Jury Rejects Indictment of Teen Arrested for Rap Lyrics

    Grand Jury Rejects Indictment of Teen Arrested for Rap Lyrics | ARTICLE

    A grand jury has declined to indict an aspiring Massachusetts rapper whom police had accused of making "terroristic threats," according to the Essex County District Attorney's office. Cameron D'Ambrosio, 18, was arrested in Methuen, Massachussetts on May...

    June 6, 2013 4:50 PM ET
  • NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Americans

    NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Americans | ARTICLE

    The National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of vast numbers of Americans every day, The Guardian reported this week. The data being collected includes which phone numbers are dialing and receiving each call,...

    June 6, 2013 1:32 PM ET
  • Questions Still Surround America's Drone Program

    Questions Still Surround America's Drone Program | ARTICLE

    One week after President Obama's much-touted speech on national security, many experts are more confused than ever about what rules govern the U.S. government's overseas killing program and where those rules apply. While...

    May 30, 2013 3:55 PM ET
  • Jeremy Hammond Pleads Guilty to Stratfor Hack

    Jeremy Hammond Pleads Guilty to Stratfor Hack | ARTICLE

    Jeremy Hammond pleaded guilty today to the infamous Stratfor hack, as well as taking responsibility for eight additional hacks of law enforcement and defense contractor websites in 2011 and 2012. As a condition of the plea, the...

    May 28, 2013 9:43 AM ET
  • What Obama's Speech Means for Guantanamo

    What Obama's Speech Means for Guantanamo | ARTICLE

    In a major speech Thursday at the National Defense University, President Barack Obama described in broad terms what his administration has framed as a new, more limited approach to waging what's known as the war against al...

    May 23, 2013 6:10 PM ET
  • Why Are Homeowners Being Jailed for Demanding Wall Street Prosecutions?

    Why Are Homeowners Being Jailed for Demanding Wall Street Prosecutions? | ARTICLE

    A two-day long housing protest outside the Department of Justice this week has resulted in nearly 30 arrests and several instances of law enforcement unnecessarily using tasers on activists, according to eye-witnesses. The action – which was...

    May 22, 2013 3:00 PM ET
  • What's at Stake When the Department of Justice Seizes AP Phone Records

    What's at Stake When the Department of Justice Seizes AP Phone Records | ARTICLE

    This week, it was revealed that the Department of Justice secretly seized two months' worth of private phone records from Associated Press reporters and editors. As this decision comes under increasing scrutiny, press freedom advocates...

    May 15, 2013 12:01 PM ET
  • Guantanamo Bay: Inside a Legal Nightmare

    Guantanamo Bay: Inside a Legal Nightmare | ARTICLE

    As the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay enters its fourth month and pressure to close the prison mounts, it's easy to forget that Guantanamo is not only a detention facility but also the site of...

    May 13, 2013 4:35 PM ET
  • Everything You've Been Told About Radicalization Is Wrong

    Everything You've Been Told About Radicalization Is Wrong | ARTICLE

    If media accounts are to be believed, the accused Boston marathon bombers were "radicalized" by watching American-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki's YouTube sermons and reading Inspire, the al Qaeda magazine. To whatever extent it is true of...

    May 6, 2013 5:05 PM ET
  • 'The Point of No Return': Should Robots Be Able to Decide to Kill You On Their Own?

    'The Point of No Return': Should Robots Be Able to Decide to Kill You On Their Own? | ARTICLE

    A U.N. report released earlier this week called for a global moratorium on developing highly sophisticated robots that can select and kill targets without a human being directly issuing a command. These machines, known as...

    April 30, 2013 3:10 PM ET
  • Dianne Feinstein Urges Obama to Transfer Cleared Guantanamo Detainees

    Dianne Feinstein Urges Obama to Transfer Cleared Guantanamo Detainees | ARTICLE

    In a letter this week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) called on the Obama administration to "renew its efforts to transfer 86 detainees" held at Guantanamo who have been cleared to be moved by a review board. The...

    April 26, 2013 12:35 PM ET
  • Yemeni Whose Village Was Bombed Testifies At First Senate Drone Hearing

    Yemeni Whose Village Was Bombed Testifies At First Senate Drone Hearing | ARTICLE

    Farea al-Muslimi, a Yemeni activist and journalist whose village was bombed last week, was one of six witnesses who testified before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday afternoon about the effects and consequences of the Obama...

    April 24, 2013 11:15 AM ET
  • 'War on Whistleblowers' Film Highlights Dangers of Crackdown

    'War on Whistleblowers' Film Highlights Dangers of Crackdown | ARTICLE

    Since taking office, President Obama's Department of Justice has brought charges against six whistleblowers under the Espionage Act of 1917 – more than every previous administration combined. The chilling effect such prosecutions can have is profound and...

    April 17, 2013 2:58 PM ET
  • Guantanamo Lawyers Denied Phone Access to Clients

    Guantanamo Lawyers Denied Phone Access to Clients | ARTICLE

    An email obtained by Rolling Stone reveals that a Guantanamo Bay lawyer who represents 11 detainees was denied access to an emergency call to communicate with one of his clients on Tuesday. Defense attorney Carlos Warner requested...

    April 16, 2013 4:50 PM ET
  • Task Force: Post-9/11 U.S. Policies Were Torture

    Task Force: Post-9/11 U.S. Policies Were Torture | ARTICLE

    A non-partisan task force led by two former members of Congress has concluded that the United States government engaged in torture in the years after 9/11, and that "senior officials . . . bear ultimate responsibility" for...

    April 16, 2013 2:56 PM ET
  • Did the CIA's Drone Program in Pakistan Begin With a 'Bargaining Chip' Killing?

    Did the CIA's Drone Program in Pakistan Begin With a 'Bargaining Chip' Killing? | ARTICLE

    In a major story in Sunday's New York Times, national security reporter Mark Mazzetti details the troubling origins of the CIA's targeted killing program in Pakistan – which he says began in 2004 with the...

    April 8, 2013 10:54 AM ET
  • U.N. Official Calls for Closing of Guantanamo Bay

    U.N. Official Calls for Closing of Guantanamo Bay | ARTICLE

    A high-ranking United Nations official called for the closing of Guantanamo Bay today in one of the strongest statements issued by the U.N. in recent memory. Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human...

    April 5, 2013 3:40 PM ET
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