Congress Tries to Rein in Mercenaries

Congress is trying to rein in mercenaries like Blackwater, to make sure they are accountable to US law. However, the White House, backed by some of its allies in Congress, expressed “grave concerns” and said in a statement that the measure would place “inappropriate and unwarranted burdens” on the U.S. military in war zones. The…

Police Games

LA deputy sheriffs were having contests to see who could arrest the most people or impound the most cars in a 24 hour period. But police accountability experts, civil libertarians and defense attorneys condemned the practice, saying that it trivialized traumatic encounters such as arrests and having a car impounded, and raised questions about deputies’…