‘Library of Horrors’: Photos, Videos Show Grisly War Crimes by US-Trained Iraqi Military Units

By: Wednesday March 11, 2015 5:00 pm

ABC News has posted a report on photos and videos showing soldiers from Iraq’s elite military units committing gruesome acts, including the torture and execution of detainees. Units implicated are the very units the United States helped to train from 2003 to 2011. The individuals appear to be from Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Forces and the Interior [...]


Over Easy: When does a mentally retarded person stop being retarded? When the state decides to execute him.

By: Wednesday January 28, 2015 5:00 am

Last night, Georgia executed Warren Hill, a man with intellectual disabilities (formerly called mental retardation). In 2002, the United States Supreme Court banned executions for people with intellectual disabilities with its ruling in Atkins v Virginia. However, the ruling left it up to the states to decide what, exactly, that means. In Georgia, one must prove intellectual disability “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Since no one can ever meet that strict rule, even people who have an IQ of 70 or below and are found to be disabled by a preponderance of the evidence are eligible for the death penalty. Georgia will continue to execute adults with the intellectual capacity of children.

Over Easy: Texas to Execute ‘Floridly Psychotic’ Scott Panetti Today at 6 PM

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 5:21 am

Barring a last-minute stay, Texas will execute Scott Panetti today at 6 PM. Scott Panetti is a severely mentally ill,  ”floridly psychotic” individual whose trial was a farce that took place before a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole was an option. A Texas trial court allowed Panetti to decline a [...]

Media Organizations Challenge Secrecy Around Execution Drugs for Lethal Injections

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 4:20 pm

Five media organizations are challenging Missouri’s Department of Corrections, which is keeping critical information about execution drugs that are being used for lethal injections secret.

Podcast: ‘Shia Saddam’—Maliki’s Forces & the ‘Residual Effects’ of US Military Occupation in Iraq

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 8:00 am

Nearly eleven years later, the residual effects of United States military occupation are still being felt in Iraq. Some of the worst effects are felt as a result of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who the US hand-picked to control the country’s government.

The Iraqi government’s ongoing attacks on the city of Fallujah are resulting in more and more claims of “war crimes” and “crime against humanity.”

In 2012, Number of New Death Sentences Remained Near Historic Low

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 2:25 pm

A year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) indicates the “number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.” The number remained near the historic low number of death sentences in 2011.

Seventy-eight people were sentenced to death in the United States. States that had typically used the death penalty at higher rates, like North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Indiana, had no new death sentences.

Oregon Governor Issues Death Penalty Reprieve, Will Not Execute Any Inmate During His Term

By: Tuesday November 22, 2011 6:30 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, M.D., in an announcement today at the state capital, said he will put a temporary reprieve on executions in the state, including the pending execution of Gary Haugen, convicted of two murders in 1981 and 2003. The governor, in an unexpected addendum to his announcement regarding Haugen, also said he will not sign any death warrants while in office.

Thousands of Monuments to War, but Few to Peace

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 9:04 am

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, my thoughts turn to peace. It’s hard to keep them there, though, because of the chorus of voices that scream for violence and war.

I grieve for those who died ten years ago in New York, DC, and Pennsylvania, as well as all who have died — and continue to die — in the wars spawned out of that attack. I long for the day when military fly-overs at football games become a thing of the past, and our cities have more statues to teachers than generals.

But the cheers for executions, and the willingness to spend billions of dollars on weapons to dole out death but mere pennies on social services that preserve life in one way or another for the most needy among us tell me that the day I long for is quite a ways off.

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