My Life Is Likely Less Valuable than Yours

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 11:00 am

If you’re a heterosexual man or woman, and/or if your appearance is one where you’re perceived as not violating western society’s sex and gender norms, your life is more valuable than mine. That’s because I’m transgender.

At least, that’s what the hung jury in Brandon McInerney’s murder trial for the killing of Larry King tells me. The hung jury in the case tells me gay panic and trans panic defenses — “blame the victim” defenses — are still alive and well in my home state of California.

 

Before Colombia Trade Deal Vote, Another Colombian Labor Official Murdered

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 11:20 am

Another Colombian labor leader has been gunned down, a chilling reminder of the realities of organized labor in that country. The killing comes just weeks before the US Congress will vote on a trade agreement with Colombia.

Army Specialist Morlock Pleads Guilty to Murdering Afghan Civilians for Sport

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 4:12 pm

Jeremy Morlock, part of the Army Stryker “kill team” in Afghanistan, plead guilty today to killing three Afghan civilians in an Army court-martial case. Photos of Morlock and his colleagues posing with Afghan corpses were published in the German magazine Der Spiegel this week, stirring controversy about abuse, torture and defilement carried out by enlisted men and women during the occupation.

Note to John Durham: No Statute of Limitations on Murder

By: Friday November 5, 2010 1:30 pm

As bmaz has pointed out in language blunt enough that one presumes even the willfully obtuse Holder Justice Department might understand it, many of us are bearing witness to investigator John H. Durham intentionally allowing the statute of limitations to expire on Jose Rodriguez’s crime of destroying videotaped evidence of torture. Marcy Wheeler’s torture timeline links to the documentation that the tape destruction occurred on November 8, 2005. The five year statute of limitations on that charge will expire in just a few days. Further, my understanding of the timeline is that the last known waterboardings took place in March, 2003. Some aspects of the torture statutes carry an eight year statute of limitations, so that deadline for waterboarding prosecutions will expire in just a few months. However, with over a hundred deaths of prisoners during US interrogations, there are a number of potential murder charges that are not subject to a statute of limitations.

The Tragic History Behind the Shiny New Detention Facilty in Parwan

By: Thursday April 15, 2010 2:35 pm

Despite a huge public relations push to praise the new detention facility that has replaced the old Bagram prison, the legacy of torture and murder at Bagram and the nearby Afghan Pol-e-Charki facility will be hard to overcome.

Dusty Foggo’s Girlfriend, John Rizzo, and the Salt Pit of Death

By: Monday March 29, 2010 2:15 pm

The AP story on the Salt Pit death makes it clear that–at a time when Dusty Foggo was Executive Director of CIA–he was involved in an internal review of the death. He also received incredible levels of protection during his last two years at CIA, protection that probably goes beyond what you’d expect of his senior position. With each new detail of his involvement in the torture program, it seems more and more likely that that protection extended at least in part from the role he played in covering up torture.

Scott Roeder Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder

By: Friday January 29, 2010 9:29 am

Scott Roeder, the man who killed abortion services provider Dr. George Tiller, has been found guilty of first-degree murder in a Kansas courtroom today.

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