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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Selected CRS Materials on Detention and Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects and Enemy Belligerents

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism,Treaties

Offers a set of links to previously issued Congressional Research Service reports on the issue of international agreements and domestic legislation concerning the treatment and interrogation of detainees. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Heien v. North Carolina

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

8-1 Supreme Court ruling that a cop’s reasonable mistake in interpreting the law was not sufficient cause to overturn a conviction.  The case involved a defendant who was convicted of cocaine possession when his car was stopped for a broken brake light.  The court ruled that searches and seizures based on mistakes of fact may be reasonable.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Questions and Answers on Title IX and Single-Sex Elementary and Secondary Classes and Extracurricular Activities

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Laws/Regulations,Youth

Offers legal guidance on circumstances under which school districts can offer single-sex classes and extracurricular activities without violation of civil rights provisions of law.  From the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights


CIA Comments on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report on the Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

Response of the agency responsible for the detention and interrogation program to the Senate Intelligence Committee study.  Declassified in December 2014.  From the Central Intelligence Agency


Hate Crime Statistics 2013

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Disability,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Statistics

Annual release of information about crimes related to bias categories of race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.  Includes data about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of the crimes.  Nearly 7,000 offenses were recorded in 2013.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism,Treaties

Includes the foreword by Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, Findings and Conclusions, and the lengthy Executive Summary.  From the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence


Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Science/Technology

Describes challenges and precautions that should be considered in implementing a body-worn camera program for police departments.  Based on a July 2013 survey of police departments.  From the Community Oriented Policing Services of the U.S. Department of Justice


Committee Against Torture: Concluding Observations on the Third to Fifth Periodic Reports of United States of America

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Immigration/Migration,Terrorism,United Nations

United Nation’s response to U.S. report which finds 5 items to praise and 26 to criticize including use of tactics of extraordinary rendition, secret and indefinite detention, enhanced interrogation, and the treatment of immigrants.  From the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


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