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  • Atty. Gen. Harris seeks to overturn ban on California executions

    Atty. Gen. Harris seeks to overturn ban on California executions
    A federal judge's "flawed" decision declaring California's enforcement of the death penalty unconstitutional will be appealed, Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced Thursday. Harris will ask the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn last month's...
  • Still Prisoners Unaccounted For

    In the editorial "Strike The Black Flag" [June 7], The Courant shows how little the staff knows about prisoners of war. Who is to say that Sgt. Bowie Bergadahl is "the last American prisoner of war"? How can you take such an important subject so lightly?...
  • Journalist from So. Florida threatened after colleague's apparent beheading by militants

    Journalist from So. Florida threatened after colleague's apparent beheading by militants
    The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives. "He was an...
  • America's real patriots fought to expose and end torture

    America's real patriots fought to expose and end torture
    After more than a decade of denial and concealment on the part of our government, President Obama's recent acknowledgment that "we tortured some folks" felt like a milestone. Even in its spare, reductive phrasing, the president's statement opened up the...
  • Gone, never forgotten [Commentary]

    Gone, never forgotten [Commentary]
    Maryland native Joseph Gantt joined the Army at 18, serving with distinction as a Sergeant First Class in the South Pacific during World War II, even though the military segregated him because of the color of his skin. Gantt had redeployed to the front...
  • The U.S. got a good deal on Sgt. Bergdahl's return [Letter]

    The U.S. got a good deal on Sgt. Bergdahl's return [Letter]
    Dane Egli's commentary decrying the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees is wrong on every point ("Bergdahl swap troubling amid recent violence," July 28). Legally, the Taliban detainees were declared to be "enemy combatants," not...
  • J. Robinson Risner dies at 88; leader of Hanoi Hilton prisoners

    The captured fighter pilot had already been through so much at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He had been beaten up and starved, thrown for months into a dark cell crawling with rats, held immobile with his legs pinned in stocks, and strapped with ropes...
  • Abe Baum dies at 91; decorated WWII officer

    Dog-tired, Capt. Abe Baum was snoozing on the hood of a military vehicle when he was shaken awake and summoned to a superior's tent. With worry on their faces, his unit's top officers were clustered around Gen. George S. Patton Jr., who had just issued...
  • Maj. Gen. John Borling writes poetry of survival

    Maj. Gen. John Borling writes poetry of survival
    For the better part of four years, Air Force Maj. Gen. John Borling lived in a cell that was about 21/2 paces wide and 31/2 paces long. There were no windows and little ventilation, except for three small holes. One of the holes contained a naked light...
  • Talks with Taliban ahead, now that U.S. envoys can find them

    In one of the more bizarre diplomatic events of late, turbaned envoys of the Taliban cut a pink satin ribbon across the entrance of a two-story villa in Doha, Qatar, a fixed address where U.S. negotiators can find the fugitive extremists when they want to...
  • In the Pipeline: Humble POW downplays his sacrifice

    In the Pipeline: Humble POW downplays his sacrifice
    The Western Union telegram is dated June 12, 1951. It is addressed to a Lillian Roberts in Mankato, Minn. It reads, "The secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your son PFC Roberts, Lloyd L has been missing in action in Korea...