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William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East and elsewhere for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration and now writes on subjects ranging from human rights to foreign affairs for a number of newspapers and online journals.

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Monday, April 29, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Georgia Justice I'm going out on a limb and charging that the two affirming judges simply do not want this murderer to live. So they are finding whatever technicalities they can find to see that he's executed -- mental retardation or not.

Monday, February 18, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bahrain: Will Dialogue Bring Peace? Watch the behaviour of the King of Bahrain and his minions as they ponder just how much freedom they're willing to surrender in the interests of peace.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Of Hope and Disgust: Solitary Confinement During the last generation,a virtual cavalcade of Federal lawmakers has proposed -- or opposed -- a comprehensive review of the solitary confinement regulations of our nation's bulging prisons. Nonjeof these proposals has resulted in a study. Now, thanks to Sen. Dick Durban, such a study is in the offing. But for many prisoners and former prisoners, it comes far too late.

Monday, January 28, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pleading With Satan Such a smoke screen of mythology has now enveloped our beloved rule of law that even seasoned lawyers sometimes can't tell the real thing from the Kabuki version.

Monday, January 7, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Our New Double-Standard for Justice Our judges seem to be as befuddled as the rest of us when it come to defining exactly what 'terrorism' is and is not -- and whenand how people should be punished for it. One of the judges in this case could only comment that, like porn, he kew it when he saw it. Shouldn't we have to have a tad more precision than that?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Does This Federal Judge Sleep at Night? The 'tough on crime" bunch continues to pack our prisons with hundreds of thousads of people who shouldn't be there at all. In the process, they ensure that we lose the so-called "drug war". And they do that with your money.

Saturday, November 24, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Prosecuting the Prosecutor DID A FORMER TEXAS PROSECUTOR -- NOW A JUDGE -- WITHOLD EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE THAT PUT MICHAEL MORTON BEHIND BARS FOR 25 YEARS?

Thursday, November 22, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Thanksgiving 2012 What can we be thankful for?

Saturday, November 3, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Whaddya Mean, Don't Vote! Our candidates for president may think as little of us as many of us think of them. They have put the nation deep into catatonia by what they said - and didn't say.

Friday, October 26, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Prince of God. Really? Should we execute mentally ill criminals? You tell me please.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Waiting for Lefty Wondering what ever happened to the prisoners who were sent to Guantanamo Bay? Many were released -- after years of captivity. Other were scheduled ti be tried in civilian courts, but Cibgress demurred and Obama didn't fight. Instead, he created a third-class systice system and is about to try these guys before Military Commissions -- a system most lawyers find has beebn designed to produce, not justice, but convictions.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bahrain's Cat and Mouse Games The PR machine grinds out self-congratulatory rhetoric about Bahrain becoming a model for civil rights practice while the police and the courts dish out long jailtime for those who speak out. American's Ally!

Saturday, September 29, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
For one lucky guy, Mardi Gras comes early! Sure, luck has a part to play. But the courage and tenacity of this case of characters should make us all proud.

Saturday, September 22, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Giving Voice to the Voiceless Some of law enforcement's most sacred cows are getting a long overdue critical look. Will Congress actualy stay with the program and get something done?

Thursday, September 20, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Court Puts Obama's Vague Indefinite Detention Power on Hold Welcome to the Post-Law Era!

Saturday, September 15, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Judge Who Actually Judges A young recently appointed Federal judge is squaring off against giving even more intrusive power to the Executive Branch of overnment.

Saturday, September 15, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Can We Turn Hate Into Reason? A number of countries in the Arab Middle East now enjoy freedom of speech as a result of their Arab Spring revolutions. But their idea of free speech is far from ours.

Saturday, September 15, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Judge Who Judges A young recently appointed Federal judge readies for a judicial battle with the heavyweights.

Friday, September 14, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Not for the Faint-Hearted The Internet won't do all your work. You need to know what you're looking for. Stories like these are a lot harder to find than the latest steamy affair initiated by a guy who wants to represent you next year.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Back to the Future with the GOP Do you remember Dwight David Eisenhower? He was the WW II hero who became our president -- twice. And he was a Republican!

Sunday, August 26, 2012 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
America: How Exceptional? Yes, America is extraordinary in many ways. But perfect it is not. And there's a huge question about whether we've even been truly "exce[tional."

Thursday, August 16, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Remember Mubarak? The King of Bahrain gives us all a lesson in PR 101, designed to turn day to night, handcuffs to jewelled bracelets, sows' ears to silk purses.

Sunday, August 12, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Second Chance for Second-Class Justice? Could Obama have fought harder to close GITMO?

Saturday, August 4, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Censoring the Whistle! Here we have yet another clue that the Afghan Government is skilled at poppy production and corruption. Don't expect much more from them regardless of what the propagandists tell us!

Monday, July 23, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Crazy While Locked Up! For the past twenty years or so, a large and growing population of mentally ill men and women have been discovering that they have virtually no place to go and that their future is homelessness followed by jail. Thousands are serving long sentences for relatively minor infractions.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Virginia's Political Asset Our lawmakers desperately need to understand some of the paths toward better behavior. If they don't, we'll just go on spending more money and throwing more lives on the landfill of broken lives.

Monday, July 9, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Texas Justice: 22 Years on Death Row Our prosecutorial bar will be perceived as weak and uncaring until these peer groups are ready to use their power to aggressively weed out bad behavior

Wednesday, June 20, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Tortured Punished, Torturer Cleared: The Story of Ahmed Abu-Ali. Does this story illustrate the excesses of the "war on terror" or our government's vigilance in jeeoing us safe?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Perpetual Trial of Sami Al-Arian The power of the Justice System is truly awesome. Pray you never find yourself in its talons!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who'll Have the Last Laugh? You know how they define someone who keeps doing the same things over and over and expects a different result?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Kidnapped in Macedonia, Tortured in Afghanistan, and Dumped in Albania: The Forgotten Case of Khaled Ed-Masri To those who still believe in the integrity of our justice system, this will come as a very big shock.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Justice Delayed? Justice Cancelled? What can we do when our government fails? When it lies to us? When it takes away the freedom of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of its citizens?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Arizona's Next Step: Guns in the Library Arizona wins another dubious honor. Guess what?

Sunday, April 15, 2012 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bahrain Follows The Money Bahrain's Royalty is counting on the Formula One Grand Prix to refurbish the country's brutal image. But fun at the races might just backfire to the benefit of the thousands who have been arrested and tortured.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ozzie: Open Mouth, Insert Foot? Ozzie Guillen has the same First Amendment rights as the rest of to say whatever he wants about anyone he wants to talk about. But, frankly, we enjoy his baseball more than his politics.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Amnesty Urges Halt in Immigration Enforcement; Calls for I.G. Inspection In the land of John Perry and Joe Arpaio, the gun is the king, and racial profiling isn't just inconvenient and humiliating -- it can land you in jail.

Sunday, April 1, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Texas Prosecutors Go Rogue --And Get Away With It! In its infinite wisdom, our Supreme Court has granted prosecutors virtual immunity from prosecution for misconduct that has doomed many to long prison sentences -- sometimes on death row. Now, a courageous group of lawyers are trying to correct this travesty of justice.

Monday, March 26, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is This the Accountability We Were Promised? The lawyers who bring human rights cases to US courts have to be the most patient and most frustrated guys in the legal profession. How are they now looking for a way around America's courts, which seem to have forgotten their mission: Justice!

Saturday, March 17, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The GOP's Death Wish The GOP says "not so", but follow the feet and you'll get to the graveyard of what was once a legitimate political party.

Monday, March 12, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Prisoner Transfer to Afghans Likely to Produce More, Not Less, Torture. Afghanistan: Isn't this the war we won in 2002? The longer we stay there, the more complicated our mission becomes. Do you know what the mission is?

Sunday, March 11, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sending Americans into Exile The President claims the authority to kill you with drones overseas. Now he refuses to let you back into your own country after you travel abroad.

Thursday, March 8, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
FOIA: Honored in the Breach! President Obama pledged an era of open government, of transparency and accountability. But it appears the Freedom of Information Act is going in the wrong direction.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Nine Florida Republicans Sandbagged the Private Prison Industry It was a real kick to see nine Florida lawmakers thumb their noses at their leadership, their governor, their campaign purses -- and the for-profit prison industry.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Iranian Government Use Brutal Tactics After Parliamentary Poll? Iran is taking no chances that a Persian Spring will descend on the country in the run-up to Parliamentary elections on Friday. They've got the truncheons, rubber bullets, tear gas, paramilitary on motorcycles, and thousands of troops with live rounds ready and waiting for another bloodbath.

Sunday, February 26, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bahrain in Wonderland Would tiny, oil-rich Bahrian actually go ahead with a premier Formula One racing event while the country's self-appointed king is tear-gassing and torturing his own subjects?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
For Prisoners in Afghanistan, Torture is the Old Normal If The Rule of Law is central to a sustainable democracy, we could be in Afghanistan for generations.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Egypt: The Army's Chess Match? US will pay Egypt aid funds despite arrests of American NGO workers.

Friday, February 10, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Reigning in the Prosecutors Is anyone trying to keep innocent people off death row? Well, yes!

Saturday, January 28, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What We Left Behind in Iraq We pulled out of Iraq not because we wanted to but because the Iraqi government wanted us to. Today, it is arguable whether what we left there is better or worse than what we found there.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Man Who Refuses Silence What's the price for truth-telling? This man is about to find out.

Saturday, January 21, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Royal Stall What part of "dialogue" does King Hamad not understyand?

Thursday, January 19, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Baradei's Anguish One of the prospective leaders of post-revolutionary Egypt has taken his hat out of the ring. He is Mohamed ElBaradei, whom naby consider on of the more capable among possible leders.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rights Group Slams Governments For "Double Standard" on Arab Spring Amnesty Slams Western Responses to Arab Spring

Saturday, January 7, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama Immigration Agency Exaggerating Deportations Is this an Obama gambit for currying favor with with anti-immigrant right? But at the same time, it's likely to curry anger from Latino voters.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Saudis to Reinforce Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters, Amnesty Says In Saudi Arabia, our ally and oil-supplier, the Arab Spring has been greeted by yet more repression. Here's the scoop on what may become SA's latest contribution to the rule of law.

Saturday, December 31, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Toothless and Tone Deaf Here's a classic example of the Arab League's Foxes mobilizing to guard Syria's Henhouses.

Thursday, December 29, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Egypt Security Raids US, German and Egyptian NGOs This couldn't be more Mubarak-esque! Take a look at what the Egyptian Army is trying to do to the country's last bastions of civil liberties and huiman rights!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Early Christmas for Virginia Prisoner Our Justice System is broken in many places, one of which results in innocent people being convicted and sentenced to long terms in prison. The job of The Innocence Project, and other groups like it, is to get these prisoners out. They have been hugely successful but continue to face daunting obstacles.

Monday, December 19, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Death Sentences Drop to Lowest Number Since 1976 There are no do-overs for those we execute. Do we ever make a mistake? Ask the Innocence Project. Ask the Death Pentalty Information Center.

Sunday, December 18, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is ICE Running Out of Criminals to Deport? A few months ago, our immigration authorities were criticized for deporting people for broken tail lights and so forth under a program designed to catch serious criminals. Did things get better? Read On!

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