Peace and Security
November 25, 2015 -
Rural America is long on opportunity and short on people. If the rest of America doesn't want an influx of courageous and determined new residents, send them our way.
February 19, 2015 -
Though its immigrant deportation relief efforts have been put on hold, the Obama administration continues to carry out its policy of detaining Central American immigrant children and families apprehended at the border. Attorneys for the detainees recently took legal action to address harsh conditions at the government's privately-managed family detention centers.
December 12, 2014 -
The Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of a report this week documenting the CIA's use of torture against detainees following the 9/11 attacks. It offers revealing details on the involvement of private contractors in those human rights violations -- including an aviation firm based in North Carolina.
September 10, 2014 -
U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, has renewed his push for a resolution he introduced last year that seeks to declassify 28 pages of the official 9/11 report. Jones and other lawmakers who've read the redacted material say it doesn't pose a threat to national security but would embarrass the Bush administration, which initially classified them.
August 15, 2014 -
A federal program to transfer Defense Department gear to local law enforcement has led to police even in small communities looking like an occupying military force. It's now under scrutiny because of shocking scenes of police violence that unfolded this week in Missouri following an officer's deadly shooting of an unarmed black teen -- and it's also caused problems across the South.
July 15, 2013 -
Civil rights and gun safety leaders are calling for the repeal of what some decry as racially biased "shoot-first" laws, which are especially popular in the South. Some are putting renewed pressure on the corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the business advocacy group that promoted such laws in the states.
June 18, 2013 -
In the wake of the NSA surveillance revelations, Gulf Coast advocate Cherri Foytlin considers her own experience of monitoring by federal authorities while pressing for justice from BP, part of a long history of U.S. spying on people's movements.