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Bush signs intelligence reform bill into law
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 stru (More)
Pentagon says 130 charged or punished for prisoner abuse
A Pentagon spokeperson said Wednesday that 130 US troops from various branches of the service have been charged or punished by the military in connection with the abuse of prisoners at facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. More than 10 (More)
Human rights group alleges two more Afghan detainee deaths caused by US soldiers
Two more Afghan detainees have died while in US custody, and the US failed to properly investigate a third death this fall, Human Rights Watch charged Monday in an open letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. According to HRW's report, d (More)
Russian Constitutional Court clears way for reconsideration of anti-Bolshevik leader's case
According to a Russian human rights lawyer, the Russian Constitutional Court has cleared the way for lower court reconsideration and possible exoneration of Admiral Alexander Kolchak, the "White Russian" leader of anti-Bolshevik forces in (More)
Ruling upholding restraints on First Amendment rights of government employees [US SC]
City of San Diego v. Roe, Supreme Court of the United States, Per Curiam, December 6, 2004 . Excerpt:A government employee does not relinquish all First Amendment rights otherwise enjoyed by citizens just by reason of his or her employment. See, e.g. (More)
Supreme Court upholds restraints on First Amendment rights of government employees
In a per curiam decision handed down Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the City of San Diego's decision to terminate a police officer who made and sold sexually explicit videotapes of himself in uniform did not violate the offi (More)
Japan passes major revisions to criminal code
In the most thorough revision of Japan's penal and criminal procedure codes since their enactment in 1907, the House of Councillors on Wednesday lengthened prison terms for many felonies, increased the statute of limitations, enhanced victims (More)
UPDATE ~ Texas governor grants stay of execution for death row inmate
Governor Rick Perry of Texas granted a stay of execution to Frances Newton Wednesday only two hours before Newton was scheduled to die by lethal injection. Gov. Perry said in a statement that he granted the stay to allow for the retesting of gunpow (More)
Ukraine President calls opposition blockade "gross violation of law"
In televised remarks, outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma Sunday condemned the continuing blockade of government buildings by supporters of opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko as a "gross violation of law" and urged (More)
Malaysia court upholds expulsion of students for wearing turbans
Malaysia's second-highest court has upheld a teacher's decision to expel three Muslim boys for wearing turbans to school. The ruling overturns an earlier ruling that any school's ban on turbans violated the right to freedom of religion. (More)