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Legal news from Saturday, August 11, 2007
by Michael Sung

A few weeks before passing the Protect America Act 2007, members of Congress were briefed by intelligence officials that intercepts of foreign-based communications had declined to 25 percent of previous levels due to oversight by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the New York Times reported Saturday. Just days before the passage …

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by Michael Sung

The American Bar Association (ABA) is considering a resolution urging President George W. Bush to reconsider his July 20 executive order on interrogations, which two ABA committees say allows the Central Intelligence Agency to be exempted from Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. The proposed resolution also urges the …

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by Michael Sung

The Cuban government on Friday paroled dissident Francisco Chaviano Gonzalez, after the former president of the Cuban National Council for Civil Rights served 13 years in prison. Chaviano was sentenced to 15 years in prison in May 1994 for allegedly "revealing state security secrets" and "falsifying public documents" by documenting cases of refugees who disappeared or died …

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