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William Fisher: Military Tribunals - Justice Lite?

Monday, 23 November 2009, 11:36 am | William Fisher

While Sarah Palin and other right-wing opportunists create a cottage industry in drumming up public hysteria about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terror suspects from Guantanamo coming to New York for trial, many legal experts and human rights ... More >>

Wouldn't It Be Easier Just to Apologize?

Sunday, 8 November 2009, 1:56 pm | William Fisher

A few years back, the FBI mistakenly linked an American lawyer's fingerprint to one found near the scene of a horrific terrorist bombing in Madrid, Spain. In the tragedy of errors that followed, the lawyer was jailed in Oregon as a "material witness" ... More >>

Lawsuit Accuses Psychologist of Ignoring Torture

Monday, 2 November 2009, 11:00 pm | William Fisher

The state board responsible for licensing - and disciplining - psychologists in Louisiana is "fighting awfully hard to turn a blind eye to serious allegations of abuse" brought against one of its members, who is being accused of complicity in beatings, religious ... More >>

Blackwater "Excesses" No Surprise

Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 11:40 am | William Fisher

On October 15, a diplomatic advocacy organization charged that the powerful State Department office and the Department's inspector general are protecting Blackwater and other private security contractors by creating a "pattern of deceit involving ... More >>

Handling of Iraqi Refugees Branded Embarrassment

Wednesday, 3 October 2007, 12:13 am | William Fisher

As the government's fiscal year came to an end last week, the Bush administration had resettled only slightly more than 10 percent of the 7,000 Iraqi refugees it pledged to help - and an even tinier fraction of the estimated two million men, women and ... More >>

US Ally Thumbs Nose at Its Biggest Donor

Thursday, 27 September 2007, 9:12 am | William Fisher

Despite a US Congressional warning exempting American democracy-promotion funds from having to obtain prior approval from the Egyptian government, the Mubarak regime - a major recipient of US aid and hailed by the Bush administration as a staunch ... More >>

Foreign Service Officers Call on IG to Resign

Monday, 24 September 2007, 10:37 am | William Fisher

The organization that represents America's diplomats is calling on the State Department's inspector general to step down "pending the resolution of grave allegations of malfeasance leveled against him by numerous current and former career government officials." More >>

Iraq and the Bush "Democracy Agenda"

Saturday, 15 September 2007, 3:34 pm | William Fisher

Democracy was a word scarcely heard in the just-concluded Congressional testimony of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. The principal reason, according to a new report published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is that ... More >>

Bush Administration Ramps Up Secrecy

Tuesday, 11 September 2007, 10:42 am | William Fisher

The Bush administration is continuing its campaign to keep the public in the dark about the federal government's policies and decisions and to suppress discussion of those policies, their underpinnings, and their implications. More >>

"War on Terror" Tactics Make America Less Safe

Wednesday, 29 August 2007, 1:00 pm | William Fisher

The constitutional scholars who represented extraordinary-rendition victim Maher Arar charge that America is losing the "war on terror" and the civil rights of its citizens because of Bush administration policies. More >>

Hughes Diplomatic Doctrine Still Rankles

Monday, 27 August 2007, 10:15 am | William Fisher

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Editorials Mostly Ignore Padilla Verdict

Tuesday, 21 August 2007, 10:38 am | William Fisher

The conviction of Jose Padilla - whose larger implications are being labeled by legal experts as one of today's most significant constitutional issues - has been largely ignored by editorial writers at the nation's newspapers. More >>

Religious Groups Mobilize to Defeat Bush Prisoner

Saturday, 18 August 2007, 12:12 am | William Fisher

The Bush administration's policies for treatment of prisoners in the so-called global war on terror are being challenged by a consistently underreported segment of America's "faith communities" - long dominated by right-wing televangelists such as James Dobson, ... More >>

Executive Privilege Used to Expand Govt. Secrecy

Saturday, 4 August 2007, 12:27 am | William Fisher

Amid claims of executive privilege by President Bush in the firing of US attorneys, a bipartisan coalition of civil liberties groups has published a new report charging that the administration's stonewalling is simply part of a six-year pattern of unprecedented ... More >>

Leading GOP Candidates Surge to Embrace Torture

Thursday, 31 May 2007, 10:36 am | William Fisher

Despite the contention of scores of senior military intelligence officers that "torture doesn't work," the audience at last week's Republican presidential candidate debate broke into applause when leading candidates endorsed increased use of "enhanced interrogation" ... More >>

Whistleblowers Charge Retaliation; Seek Protection

Thursday, 24 May 2007, 3:42 pm | William Fisher

Career federal employees who report waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in government agencies are routinely subjected to career-ending retaliation, humiliation and legal costs - despite laws that are supposed to protect them, and repeated assurances from ... More >>

Special Counsel's Ties to White House Mar Probe

Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 9:56 am | William Fisher

Public interest groups and anonymous whistleblowers are charging that Scott Bloch, head of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), has irreconcilable conflicts of interest in his much-trumpeted investigations of Karl Rove's missing emails and the firing ... More >>

William Fisher: Padilla Trial Opens in Miami

Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 12:25 am | William Fisher

This week, a Florida jury is set to hear opening arguments in a trial that has come to be known as "Padilla Lite" because it lacks the most serious of charges made when the government spectacularly announced the arrest of Jose Padilla for conspiring ... More >>

Arab Nations Say "No Thanks" to US Democracy Promo

Friday, 11 May 2007, 10:54 am | William Fisher

The US war to bring democracy to Iraq has caused a large majority of Middle Eastern Arabs to reject any similar American campaigns in their countries. More >>

Resignation Spurs Doubts About US Public Diplomacy

Thursday, 10 May 2007, 11:38 am | William Fisher

The departure of one of the few Bush administration appointees with "some 'native' familiarity" with the Middle East - coupled with the release of a new survey revealing growing doubts among Americans about their country's reputation in the rest of the ... More >>





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