As facial recognition on the fly becomes more and more possible, are there any uses that don’t send chills up the spines of civil libertarians?
June 17, 2013 • 5:26 PM • Share
How far does the writ of the military run? Only to the highway’s verge, argue professional peace protesters who will make their case before the Supreme Court.
June 6, 2013 • 5:31 PM • Share
The U.N. wants to hit pause on autonomous killing machines right now—before the robotic cat is out of the bag.
May 30, 2013 • 6:47 PM • Share
Did you miss the president’s important speech about the War on Terror? Here’s the one response you should make some time for.
May 24, 2013 • 9:48 AM • Share
Tolokonnikova received a two-year sentence for her participation in a protest in Moscow’s main Orthodox church last year.
April 30, 2013 • 9:31 AM • Share
Low-slung speedboats from Mexico are smuggling millions of dollars’ worth of marijuana along the California coast. And we can’t do a thing about it.
April 1, 2013 • 4:00 AM • Share
In Europe and most of the rest of the world, gay marriage arrives via legislatures, not courts. But the U.S. is different, as always.
March 29, 2013 • 12:48 PM • Share
Despite debates over its depiction of torture, Zero Dark Thirty became the most-watched movie in America this week, and looks to be heading for another strong weekend. How reliable the film’s portrait? Does it give an accurate picture of how the CIA anti-terrorism efforts really work? Nada Bakos, who spearheaded the CIA’s Zarqawi Operations team from 2004-2006 as a targeting officer, weighs in. Prior to the operations position, Bakos served as an analyst for the agency primarily in the Counterterrorism Center, and was a member of the team charged with defining the relationship between Iraq, al Qaeda, and 9/11.
January 16, 2013 • 11:27 AM • Share
A sampling of the many achievable reforms now being used to help avoid wrongful convictions
October 27, 2012 • 4:00 AM • Share
Opinion: Three legal experts who have worked with victims of human trafficking argue that Prop 35, a laudable effort on California’s ballot to address sex slavery, will actually set back existing efforts to fight the trade.
October 18, 2012 • 9:35 AM • Share
Because police, detectives and forensic scientists are only human, and it’s all-too natural to be inexplicably reluctant to admit to – or even to see – some of their mistakes.
October 18, 2012 • 9:03 AM • Share
Almost half the DNA tests conducted at prisoners’ request confirm guilt. Yet many believe that the exceptions more than justify making post-conviction testing widely accessible. And what is often fair or prudent is for Death Row inmates essential.
October 4, 2012 • 9:12 AM • Share
The single biggest cause of wrongful convictions is mistaken eyewitness identification. Is there a better way to find the right perpetrator?
September 27, 2012 • 4:00 AM • Share
Fingerprint matching is a vital investigative tool. But despite its legendary aura of infallibility, courtroom claims of fingerprints’ uniqueness are slowly receding.
September 20, 2012 • 4:00 AM • Share
Amateurs and experts alike overestimate their ability to divine truth and deception. But when criminal investigators do it, it can be very bad news for the accused.
September 13, 2012 • 9:00 AM • Share
John Watkins’ stash of pornography made him a look like a prime suspect for a rape in police and prosecutors’ eyes. How they wrung a confession out of him and convinced a shaky witness to ID him offers textbook examples of how to achieve a wrongful conviction.
August 23, 2012 • 9:57 AM • Share
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