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Human Rights

Racial profiling: Still a problem?

By R. Neal
May 1, 2007 - A new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Contacts Between Police and the Public, 2005," says that while the number of citizens of all races stopped or searched by law enforcement has dropped since 2002, minorities are still more likely than whites to be searched, arrested, and/or have force used against them.

Culture of death

By R. Neal
February 22, 2007 - As Chris noted in this recent post, there is growing world-wide opposition to the death penalty, and the numbers are down in the U.S. but it's still most prevalent in the South.

North Carolina 'torture pilots' discovered

February 20, 2007 - In a fast-moving story that's being followed by several news organizations (including reporters here at the Institute), the identities of three North Carolina pilots — all operating under aliases — linked to CIA "extraordinary rendition" flights have been discovered.

Immigration fuels Klan surge

February 12, 2007 - After years of dwindling membership, the Ku Klux Klan is on the rise again by successfully exploiting the highly charged issue of immigration, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League titled "Extremism in America."