Updating a story published yesterday in JURIST's Paper Chase, new proposed Russian anti-terror legislation that would allow 60-day security clampdowns and that has critics fearing for civil rights easily passed its first reading Friday in the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliment. The bill would allow Russian authorities the right to impose 60-day [...]

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The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department issued new guidelines on Friday that enforce stricter ethical standards for tax attorneys, accountants, and others offering tax advice. The new standards require those giving advice to rely on all related facts and to examine all relevant federal tax laws before drafting opinion letters that must clearly state [...]

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President Bush signed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 into law Friday, implementing a series of intelligence reforms recommended by the 9/11 Commission and authorizing the broadest re-working of the US intelligence structure since President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act in 1947. The new legislation was approved by the House [...]

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The Washington Post Friday published details about the existence of a hitherto-secret CIA prison within the Pentagon-run military detention facility for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prison has housed high-value detainees from Pakistan, West Africa, Yemen and other countries whose identities and incarceration have not previously been disclosed, although it is not clear [...]

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Ohio Chief Justice Thomas Moyer Thursday threw out on a technicality a challenge filed by voting rights activists claiming that the November 2 vote in that state was invalid because of voting machine errors, double-counting of some ballots and a shortage of voting machines in predominantly minority precincts. Moyer ruled that the complaint improperly challenged [...]

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