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2009-01-12 22:00:00

Human Rights Organization Urges Royal Thai Government to Crack Down on Use of Torture, Ensure Accountability for Abuse WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thai security forces pursuing a counter-insurgency campaign in the country's violence-plagued southern provinces systematically engage in torture and other ill-treatment, Amnesty International revealed in a report released today. The human rights organization called on the Royal Thai government to crack down on such...

2009-01-12 09:14:00

Global Expansion, Significant Partner and Product Developments, and Increased Demand by Enterprises and Service Providers Fuel Growth BOXBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossbeam Systems, Inc., the leading provider of next-generation security platforms for high-performance networks, today announced that 2008 was its most successful year to date, having realized year over year growth of 56 percent. A number of factors contributed to making 2008 a milestone year for Crossbeam,...

2009-01-05 07:00:00

BOXBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossbeam Systems, Inc., the leading provider of next-generation security platforms for high-performance networks, today announced that its X-Series Next Generation Security Platform has won the China Information World 2008 Editors' Choice award in the Security Service Gateway category. Considered one of China's most influential technical publications, China Information World evaluates products annually based on performance, end user relevancy, user...

2008-12-25 16:26:25

Replicating a controversial experiment from some 50 years ago, a U.S. psychologist found people are just as willing to administer painful electric shocks. Jerry M. Burger of Santa Clara University replicated one of the famous obedience experiments of the late Stanley Milgram and found compliance rates in the replication only slightly lower than those found by Milgram. Like Milgram, Burger found no difference in the rates of obedience between men and women. People learning about Milgram's...

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2008-12-19 13:23:02

Scientists said on Friday they had replicated the notorious Stanley Milgram experiment from the 60's in which people obediently delivered painful shocks to others if encouraged to do so by authority figures. Jerry Burger of Santa Clara University in California found that seventy percent of volunteers continued to administer electrical shocks even after faked screams of pain from an actor. "What we found is validation of the same argument"”if you put people into certain situations, they...

2008-11-03 15:00:12

British actor Richard Armitage said a scene in which his "Spooks" character endures waterboarding was as difficult to shoot as it is disturbing to watch. The episode of the BBC's long-running spy series, featuring the controversial interrogation technique, is slated to air Monday night. The actor said that before he allowed himself to be subjected to waterboarding for the show he thought the technique was "a humane way of extracting information without hurting people." He admitted he...

2008-08-06 15:00:27

A Utah salesman vows to continue pursuing a lawsuit alleging his former employer "waterboarded" during a company training session. Chad Hudgens' attorney told the Salt Lake Tribune Wednesday he would appeal last month's dismissal of the lawsuit by a 4th District judge who claimed there was no evidence that Hudgens' two supervisors deliberately tried to injure him in the May incident. The Salt Lake Tribune said the suit stems from a 2007 training session along the Provo River where Hudgens...

2008-07-28 12:00:49

Xinhua world news summary at 0800 GMT, July 25 WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department has allowed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to torture jailed terror suspects, according to the three torture memos made public Thursday. "These documents supply further evidence, if any were needed, that the Justice Department authorized the CIA to torture prisoners in its custody," said Jameel Jaffer from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). (US-Torture-Memos) - - - - MANILA -- A...

2008-07-24 21:00:27

By MICHAEL GRAHAM During my days as a stand-up comic, I faced some pretty tough crowds. In Nashville, I was escorted off stage by security to keep a bachelor party from beating me to a pulp. In Michigan, a large, leather-clad patron with a knife followed me into the men's room to suggest I rework some of my "biker" material. But at least I never had to work in Weymouth, where one bad joke cost the police chief his gun and badge and, maybe, his job. Chief James Thomas has been a cop for...

2008-07-17 18:00:11

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft told a congressional committee Thursday that he does not believe waterboarding is torture. Ashcroft testified before the House Judiciary Committee, CNN reported. The committee is holding hearings on whether the Bush administration permitted torture to be used on suspected terrorists. I believe a report of waterboarding would be serious, but I do not believe it would define torture, Ashcroft said. Ashcroft said that as far as he knows U.S....