Mar 31 2014

Daily News Flash with Courtney Morris on Senate Intel Report, Albuquerque Protests, and How One Rich Man Escaped Justice

Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African American and women’s Studies at Penn State University and a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Torture techniques did nothing to lead the US to Osama bin Laden, according to a controversial Senate Intelligence Report. The report, which has been at the center of a standoff between the CIA and the Intelligence committee headed by California Senator Dianne Feinstein, is said to undermine the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Details of the report were leaked by congressional aides and others to the Associated Press. While the CIA maintains that torture helped the US track down bin Laden, the committee members, having pored over details of when intelligence was obtained and how, have concluded otherwise. Click here for an Associated Press report about the story.

A protest in the New Mexico city of Albuquerque against police brutality turned into a near-riot yesterday. City police are under investigation by the US Justice Department for possible civil rights violations. Over the past few years, in a city of just over half a million residents, there have been 37 police-related shootings, of which 23 have been fatal. Yesterday’s protests were prompted in part by the March 16th police shooting of a homeless man named James Boyd. Hundreds of people took to the streets and at least one police officer was injured. Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry said the demonstrations resulted in “mayhem.” Click here for an Associated Press report about the story.

A man convicted of raping his three year old daughter and accused of also assaulting his infant son, will serve no jail time, and instead participate in a sex offenders rehabilitation program. The man in question is Robert H. Richards IV, a member of the Dupont family which owns the multinational chemical company by the same name. Richards, who was able to afford the best lawyers money can buy, was granted the light sentence by the judge who assumed he would fare better under treatment than in prison. The sentence only came to light after Richards’ ex-wife filed a new lawsuit. Click here for a Huffington Post report about the story.

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