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Today Think Progress published an article titled “As NYPD Stop-And-Frisks Drop, So Does Crime.”
The article’s author Nicole Flatow writes:
The number of stop-and-frisks performed by the New York Police Department dropped in the first three months of 2013, and so did the city’s crime rate, according to new data from the New York City Council. The statistics come as the NYPD’s aggressive use of stop-and-frisk is under review in a major lawsuit challenging the practice’s constitutionality. Plaintiffs allege an expansive and racist use of police stops has been applied without legal justification, subjecting vast swaths of the city’s young African American and Hispanic men to invasive frisks, unwarranted searches, and detention at police centers for alleged minor crimes, often marijuana possession.
Yesterday The Miami Herald published an article titled “Guantánamo hunger strikers and Obama.”
The article reads:
President Obama’s powerful indictment of the continuing scandal that is the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay is an encouraging sign that he hasn’t forgotten his campaign pledge to close the facility. But to suggest that his hands are tied is misleading.
Yes, a politically motivated Congress has thwarted the president’s plan to move detainees to the mainland and otherwise has sought to obstruct his efforts to move them out of Guantánamo by placing onerous restrictions on transfers and prohibiting trials in federals courts.
Yes, the role of the judiciary has been inconsistent. The courts have held their ground against the most extreme claims by the executive. But no Guantánamo detainee has ever won a habeas corpus case before the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the main venue for cases brought by detainees. Some frustrated attorneys feel the path of judicial relief is blocked.
Yet that doesn’t mean Mr. Obama is powerless to take decisive action in the face of a desperate hunger strike staged by 100 of Guantánamo’s 166 detainees.
For starters, the president can direct his agencies to stop blocking detainees’ access to their lawyers. Last year, District Judge Royce Lamberth labeled the government’s attempt to devise new rules on access “an illegitimate exercise of executive power.”
IN OTHER NEWS
Today Queerty published an article titled “Former College Football Star and NFL Hopeful Kevin Grayson Comes Out As Gay.”
The article reads:
Kevin Grayson, one of the most decorated football players and talented athletes Virginia has ever produced, has come out as gay. He compared hiding his sexuality to “a cancer that can eat away at you” and hopes that coming out can help others who may be dealing with similar pressures.
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