Three Felonies a Day

Three Felonies a Day

We’re supposed to be the “land of the free.” But believe it or not, the United States is actually the most incarcerated country on the planet. It’s true: While the United States has just 5 percent of the world’s population, it houses 25 percent of the world’s prison...
Human Trafficking and Immigration: The Ties That Bind

Human Trafficking and Immigration: The Ties That Bind

VIEW FACT SHEET ON “THE DUAL MANDATE: IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING.” Once again this year, President Obama has declared January as “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,” and in his address he calls on the...
The Sixties Made Me Do It

The Sixties Made Me Do It

I try to avoid religious commentary, but — Good God! What is it about confession that the Catholic hierarchy can’t seem to grasp? The grotesque epidemic of priestly pedophilia that has roiled the church has been under assessment in a five-year, $2-million study...
Sexual Prey in the Saudi Jungle

Sexual Prey in the Saudi Jungle

He was an officer in the Saudi Royal Navy assigned to the strategic Saudi base of Jubail in the Persian Gulf, and he wanted to hire a maid. She was a single mom from Mindanao in the Philippines who saw, like so many others, employment in Saudi Arabia as a route out of...

Church’s Sex Abuse Scandal Reflects Deep Flaw

The Catholic Church didn’t just celebrate Easter this year, it re-enacted it. The main difference between the Church’s ordeal and The Passion of the Christ is that the Church’s wounds are largely self-inflicted. The sexual abuse scandal that began in...
Behind the Afghan Fraud

Behind the Afghan Fraud

All frauds have a purpose, mostly to relieve the unwary of their wealth, though occasionally to launch some foreign adventure. The 1965 Tonkin Gulf hoax that escalated the Vietnam War comes to mind. So, what was the design behind “Operation Moshtarak,” or...