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CIA Won’t Defend Its One-Time Torturers

cia tortureWhen the long-awaited ‘Torture Report’ finally drops, don’t expect the CIA to stand up for its interrogation programs—or disavow those controversial efforts.

There may have been bourbon punch and festive lights at the CIA’s holiday party Friday night, but a frosty gloom hung in the air.

As everyone in the agency’s Langley, Va., headquarters knew, the long-awaited “torture report” from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Democrats was set to drop early the next week, perhaps as soon as Monday morning. It seemed a rather awkward time for a party.


Black, young and unarmed: The case of Cameron Tillman

Cameron TillmanCameron Tillman, a high school freshman and talented athlete, with a 3.7 grade point average and no reputation for trouble, was shot dead on a Tuesday afternoon.

The house where Cameron died has been empty for about two years, and neighbors say local kids, with the knowledge of the owner, had been using it as an afterschool hangout.

The knock came a little before 5:30 p.m. The four other teens in the house say that when Cameron opened the door, police opened fire. A Terrebonne Parish deputy planted four bullets in Cameron’s 14-year-old body.


Veterans and schoolchildren remember Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor attackFor war veterans, scars and memories of combat and lives lost during the Pearl Harbor attack run deep.  For about 20 students who joined veterans at a Saturday luncheon, the 73-year-old history lesson came alive.

All gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Fort Lauderdale to remember the military personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese fighter planes bombed the Hawaiian harbor and Americans entered World War II.

Panchi Borges, 13, of Pembroke Pines, said being among war veterans made an impact on him.

It’s Not Just the Cops—Racism Is a Problem for the Secret Service, Too

US Secret ServiceAs police departments face scrutiny over discrimination toward black Americans, several former agents are accusing the Secret Service of having a similar problem.

The track record of the U.S. Secret Service in protecting President Barack Obama has come under intense scrutiny in recent months due to several major security lapses, the most recent of which prompted the resignation in October of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.


KC Police: SUV in boy's death had anti-Muslim message

SUV that killed Muslmim teenKansas City police have confirmed that an SUV involved in the death of a teenager outside a Somali community center had an anti-Muslim message displayed in the rear window at the time of the crash.

Authorities say 34-year-old Ahmed H. Aden deliberately ran the boy over and have charged him with murder in a case that the FBI is investigating as a potential hate crime.

Fifteen-year-old Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein died at a hospital Thursday evening.


Meet Tiny Doo, the rapper facing life in prison for making an album

Tiny DooAs rappers go, Brandon Duncan’s approach is not unusual: his lyrics reflect the violent reality of the streets. But in the pantheon of rappers who have had run-ins with the courts, Tiny Doo looms large. Despite his lack of a criminal record, Duncan stands accused of nine counts of participating in a “criminal street gang conspiracy”, charges that could land him in prison for life.

But Duncan is not charged with participating in any of the crimes underlying the conspiracy, or even agreeing to them. Rather, he’s effectively on trial for making a rap album.


Missouri AG Confirms Michael Brown Grand Jury Misled by St. Louis DA

Missouri grand jury misledSubsequent to a previous report from Lawrence O'Donnell the Missouri Attorney General has confirmed with Last Word that they instructions given the Michael Brown Grand Jury describing the Police "use of force" laws was incorrect and misleading.

The background of this situation is that Lawrence O'Donnell reported that after reviewing the transcripts of the Darren Wilson Grand Jury, his analyst discovered that Assistant District Attorney's working for Bob McCullough gave the Jurors an outdated copy of Missouri Law that all that was required for an Officer to use deadly force is their "reasonable belief" that there was a threat.


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