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BP Hides Use of Black Prison Labor For Oil Gusher Cleanup

BP Hides Use of Black Prison Labor For Oil Gusher CleanupWhen the BP oil gusher mess first began, BP hired prison labor in order to reap tax benefits instead of hiring coastal residents whose livelihoods crashed with the explosion of the wellhead. When the community expressed their outrage, BP did not stop the practice of using prison labor.

No, apparently BP simply tried to literally cover-up the use of prison labor by changing the clothing worn by the inmates to give the appearance of a civilian workforce. Big surprise.

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Top Secret America: A hidden world growing beyond control

Top secret AmericaThe top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.

These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight.

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Man with neo-Nazi ties leading patrols in AZ

NSMMinutemen groups, a surge in Border Patrol agents, and a tough new immigration law aren't enough for a reputed neo-Nazi who's now leading a militia in the Arizona desert.

Jason "J.T." Ready is taking matters into his own hands, declaring war on "narco-terrorists" and keeping an eye out for illegal immigrants. So far, he says his patrols have only found a few border crossers who were given water and handed over to the Border Patrol. Once, they also found a decaying body in a wash, and alerted authorities.

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U.S. paid Iranian nuclear scientist $5 million for aid to CIA

CIA paid Iranian scientist 5 million dollarsThe Iranian nuclear scientist who claimed to have been abducted by the CIA before departing for his homeland Wednesday was paid more than $5 million by the agency to provide intelligence on Iran's nuclear program, U.S. officials said.

Shahram Amiri is not obligated to return the money but might be unable to access it after breaking off what U.S. officials described as significant cooperation with the CIA and abruptly returning to Iran. Officials said he might have left out of concern that the Tehran government would harm his family.

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Illegal Workers Swept From Jobs in ‘Silent Raids’

Advertise on NYTimes.com Illegal Workers Swept From Jobs in ‘Silent Raids’The Obama administration has replaced immigration raids at factories and farms with a quieter enforcement strategy: sending federal agents to scour companies’ records for illegal immigrant workers.

While the sweeps of the past commonly led to the deportation of such workers, the “silent raids,” as employers call the audits, usually result in the workers being fired, but in many cases they are not deported.

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Supreme Court Vacates Fraud Conviction of Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman

former Alabama Gov. Don SiegelmanThe Supreme Court has ordered a review of the bribery and conspiracy convictions of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, sending the 2006 case back to a federal appeals court.

The surprise decision Tuesday comes a week after the justices put new limits on an anti-fraud law that federal prosecutors used against Siegelman and in many other corruption cases, including former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling's.

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Supreme Court Rules That Gun Rights Apply to Local Laws

Supreme Court Rules That Gun Rights Apply to Local LawsThe Second Amendment’s guarantee of an individual right to bear arms applies to state and local gun control laws, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision.

The ruling came almost exactly two years after the court first ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns in District of Columbia v. Heller, another 5-to-4 decision.

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