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Psychologists Behind CIA 'Enhanced Interrogation' Program Settle Detainees' Lawsuit

Psychologist behind 'advanced interrogation lawsuitsTwo psychologists who were paid more than $80 million by the CIA to develop "enhanced interrogation" techniques — which others have called torture — have settled a lawsuit brought by men who were detained.

The list of brutal methods devised by Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell for use by the U.S. included waterboarding; the tactics were meant to condition detainees into a state of helplessness. Mitchell has said he was told by U.S. officials that the idea was to "walk right up to the edge of the law."

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Around the country, ICE is arresting immigrants when they show up to court

ICE deporting immigrants who go to courtThe courthouse is supposed to be a place where justice is not only meted out to the perpetrators of crimes but offered as protection to its victims.

But around the country, immigrants showing up for their day in court — as defendants, witnesses, or victims seeking redress — are encountering a different face of the law instead: They’re being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers seeking to deport them after they leave the courthouse, or even when they’re still within its walls.

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First DREAMer deported under Trump files court documents disputing administration’s account

Deprted Dreamer sues USLawyers for the only known DREAMer deported by the Trump administration filed supporting statements in court Friday from people on both sides of the Mexican border who corroborate Juan Manuel Montes' account that immigration agents wrongly forced him across the border.

The court filings include statements from the last people to see the 23-year-old Montes in the U.S. and the first people to see him in Mexico after he was deported by Customs and Border Protection agents shortly after midnight on Feb. 19 from Calexico, Calif., where he lived with his family since age 9.

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Chinese dissident Xu Zhiyong released from jail after 4 years

Chinese dissident released after four yearsAbout two and a half weeks after China released dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo from prison, another notable opponent of the Chinese government is out of detention.

China on Saturday released Xu Zhiyong, the law lecturer and founder of the New Citizens' Movement who had finished a four-year sentence on grounds he led assemblies that disrupted public order.

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Israel sentences Khalida Jarrar to six months in prison without trial or charge

Khalid Jarrar jailed by Isralies without chargesAn Israeli military court has sentenced Palestinian politician and human rights activist Khalida Jarrar to six months of administrative detention.

The ruling on Wednesday came after Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was arrested from her home in a pre-dawn raid at the beginning of the July by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Feeling unwanted and unwelcome, African migrants hit by new tax in Israel

African migrants in Israel hit with taxNine years ago, Teklit Michael fled Eritrea to avoid military conscription, survived a perilous journey across the Sinai peninsula and sought asylum in Israel.

The 29-year-old Eritrean community organizer now works as a cook at a restaurant in south Tel Aviv -- alone, without family and in legal limbo, awaiting a response to his asylum request.

Since May, Michael's life has faced another challenge with new tax rules that force his employer to put part of his salary in a fund which he can access only if he leaves Israel.

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State: Iraqi refugees who aided U.S. not categorically exempt from Trump travel ban

Trump Iraqis who provided assistance to the U.S. military, military contractors and American news outlets will not be automatically exempt from the 120-day, global halt President Donald Trump has imposed on refugee admissions through his travel ban executive order.

Asked whether individuals in the Direct Access Program for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis would be categorically exempt from the version of the travel ban the administration began implementing Thursday, a State Department official said that such refugees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

TVNL Comment:  Returning these people to Iraq would guarantee their deaths.  This administration is the least informed and most inhumane in history.

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