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January 21, 2013 | By Heidi Vogt, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - The United Nations said Sunday that Afghan authorities were still torturing prisoners a year after the U.N. first documented the abuse and the Afghan government promised detention reform. The report shows little progress in curbing abuse in Afghan prisons despite a year of effort by the U.N. and international military forces in Afghanistan. The report also cites instances where Afghan authorities have tried to hide mistreatment from U.N. monitors. The slow progress on prison reform has prompted NATO forces to again stop many transfers of detainees to Afghan authorities out of concern that they would be tortured.
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January 18, 2013
PHILLY-RAISED director Brian De Palma is reteaming with his old "Scarface" star, Al Pacino, to take on the story of Penn State coach Joe Paterno , reports Deadline. The project, titled "Happy Valley," will be based on the book Paterno by Joe Posnanski . Dave McKenna , who wrote "American History X" and "Blow," will write the script, ensuring that there is absolutely no subtlety in it at all. Paterno was the legendary coach of the Nittany Lions until the public became aware of his involvement in the pedophilia scandal involving Worst Person Hall of Fame member Jerry Sandusky.
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January 9, 2013 | By Greg Sargent
The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director is getting somewhat lost in the controversy over the Chuck Hagel nomination. Brennan's reported support for Bush-era torture programs - which he has denied - and his oversight of President Obama's drone program are causing ripples, but mostly within rarefied precincts on the left. The nomination, however, creates an opportunity. What if senators use Brennan's confirmation hearings to force a public debate about the legality and transparency of Obama's drone-strike program and the need for meaningful congressional oversight?
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January 9, 2013
Culture's role in violence Quentin Tarantino fails to realize that popular culture, including films that explicitly depict graphic violence, has a significant impact on people like the shooters at Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Blacksburg ("The question not to ask Tarantino," Saturday). His comment that movie violence has nothing to do with real life absurdly denies the fact that the Aurora shooter was dressed like a villain from a Batman movie during his rampage. And who can believe that any mass shooter has taught himself how to kill so many people so efficiently without having seen a similar act in a film?
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November 28, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Four people have been arrested and charged with beating and torturing a relative for three months in the house they shared in Mount Holly, police said Tuesday. The 37-year-old woman's ordeal began when she failed to follow instructions in caring for an aunt who had suffered a stroke, police said. The aunt, Georgianna Jester, 51, is among those charged. According to Mount Holly Police Det. Frank Pallante, the victim was beaten with a cane, shot with a BB-gun, stunned by a Taser, and in one instance forced to drink urine.
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November 28, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
For three months, police say, a 37-year-old woman endured torture at the hands of her own relatives in the home she shared with them in Mount Holly. They beat her with a cane, rapped her hands with a back scratcher, stunned her with a Taser, shot her with a BB gun, and forced her to drink urine, police said. But now, with her aunt, two cousins, and the spouse of one of the cousins in custody, the woman's ordeal is over. Detective Frank Pallante said the victim's torment came to light Sunday when she showed up at Virtua Memorial hospital in Mount Holly with a festering foot infection.
NEWS
November 16, 2012
HARRISBURG - A Central Pennsylvania church and its youth pastor have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a mock kidnapping of a youth group that was meant to be a lesson on religious persecution. Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Lower Swatara Township and Andrew David Jordan, 28, of Elizabethtown, waived an appearance Thursday at a formal arraignment in Dauphin County Court on charges of false imprisonment and simple assault. Prosecutors said the half-hour ordeal in March included interrogation and staged torture using power tools.
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October 28, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Frankford man was abducted and tortured, apparently in an attempt to get information, before being robbed of several thousand dollars early Saturday morning, police said. The 32-year-old man, whom police would not identify, had just arrived home and was exiting his car when he was grabbed by three masked men carrying guns, said Sgt. Joseph Green of Northeast Detectives. The men were wearing black "battle dress uniforms," Green said, similar to police SWAT or paramilitary uniforms.
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October 28, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Frankford man was abducted and tortured, apparently in an attempt to get information, before being robbed of several thousand dollars early Saturday morning, police said. The 32-year-old man, whom police would not identify, had just arrived home and was exiting his car when he was grabbed by three masked men carrying guns, said Sgt. Joseph Green of Northeast Detectives. The men were wearing black "battle dress uniforms," Green said, similar to police SWAT or paramilitary uniforms.
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