The Daily Muck

May 13, 2008 10:23 a.m.

The Washington Post’s four-part series on sub-standard health care provided for illegal immigrants with fewer rights than convicted felons, detained in Gitmo-like prisons, continues today with a look into the perils of mental health treatment at detention centers. (Washington Post)

Alaa “Alex” Mohammad Ali, dual Iraqi and Candadian citizen and Army translator working in Iraq, has been court-martialed by the U.S. military for stabbing another contract worker on Feb. 23. This is the first such prosecution of a civilian military contractor working for the U.S. since the Vietnam War. (US News)

Esquire takes a careful look at John Yoo, former Justice Dept. lawyer and author of what are now called the torture memos, and the steps he took when contemplating the rationales for torture during a war with a unique foes. (Esquire)Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) is asking a federal court to force depositions from former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Abubakar’s wife and a Nigerian businessman all connected to the case. This use of international criminal law would further delay the trial that’s set to begin in January. (Roll Call sub. req.)

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is set to testify in front of the “Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 2007” today as part of an inquiry by Republicans claiming Hoyer killed voting on a crucial measure much too early, calling to mind Tom DeLay-era finagling. (Washington Post)

Around 5,000 international students living in the U.S. applying for ID cards are at least initially being turned away by the government, which has deemed them security threats. (New York Times)

Closing arguments finally wrapped weeks of testimony in the case of Antonin Rezko, Chicago businessman and political fund-raiser accused of soliciting kickbacks. (New York Times)

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