The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said it is "unbelievable" that inquiries into the aftermath of her son's death are still ongoing after nearly 26 years. A public inquiry into undercover policing, which has been beset by delays, is looking at claims that grieving families were spied on as they campaigned for justice, including the Lawrences. Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday, Baroness Lawrence accused the Metropolitan Police of trying to avoid giving the "true facts" of what undercover officers did to the inquiry. Baroness Lawrence also claimed that chairman Sir John Mitting has not appreciated the lengths an officer would go to in order to keep their activity secret. "I don't think he understands the level of what a police officer would go through in order to deny and to secret whatever it is that they're doing," she said. "This has been going on for three years now and he still hasn't taken evidence. They're still going through the … [Read more...] about Met trying to avoid giving true facts on undercover officers, claims mother of Stephen Lawrence
Josh Hafner USA TODAY Published 5:46 AM EST Jan 9, 2019 President Donald Trump delivered a televised speech making his case for a border wall, the crux of an ongoing partial government shutdown with no end in sight. Media analysts and skeptics voiced concern over the potential for on-air falsehoods from a president with a documented history of straying from fact. "Giving Donald Trump air time without context or conditions is downright irresponsible," said Kurt Bardella, a former House Oversight and Government Reform Committee adviser, in a column at USA TODAY. "Yes, the public at large has a right to hear from the president, but the media have a responsibility to provide their audience with context and facts." From Trump's candidacy until now, USA TODAY has published 88 fact checks from FactCheck.org, our own staff and the Associated Press that hold the president accountable on topics from immigration to the Russia investigation … [Read more...] about Donald Trump fact checks: Read 89 on immigration, the border and more
British intelligence agencies were involved in the torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11, according to two reports by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee. The reports published on Thursday amount to one of the most damning indictments of UK intelligence, revealing links to torture and rendition were much more widespread than previously reported. While there was no evidence of officers directly carrying out physical mistreatment of detainees, the reports say the overseas agency MI6 and the domestic service MI5 were involved in hundreds of torture cases and scores of rendition cases. The committee says the agencies were aware “at an early point” of the mistreatment of detainees by the US and others. There were two cases in which UK personnel were “party to mistreatment administered by others”. One has been investigated by the Metropolitan police but the other is still to be fully investigated. Jack Straw, the foreign secretary from … [Read more...] about True scale of UK role in torture and rendition after 9/11 revealed
Robert Farley Factcheck.org Published 8:42 p.m. UTC Jun 27, 2018 President Donald Trump said it’s “not true” that immigrants in the U.S. illegally are “safer than the people that live in the country,” providing several crime statistics he claimed represented the “toll of illegal immigration.” Sen. Bernie Sanders made the opposite claim, saying: “I understand that the crime rate among undocumented people is actually lower than the general population.” Who is right? There are not readily available nationwide statistics on all crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally. Researchers have provided estimates through statistical modeling or by extrapolating from smaller samples. One such study backs the president’s claim, but several others support Sanders’ statement. Trump made his claim during a press conference on June 22 with “angel families” whose loved ones were killed by … [Read more...] about Fact check: Is illegal immigration linked to more or less crime?
Move over Netflix, here's whodunnit by headphones, writes Laura FindlayEverybody loves a good whodunnit. It’s why true-crime documentaries like Making a Murderer, The Keepers and now The Staircase have all been big Netflix hits. Yet away from television screens, true crime has found another very happy home – podcasting.Serial is often cited as the podcast that gave birth to the genre in 2014. That’s not entirely true, but it was ranked number one on iTunes even before it debuted.Presented by investigative journalist Sarah Koenig, season 1 focused on the murder of Baltimore student Hae Min Lee in 1999. It was downloaded over 68m times and arguably led to Adnan Syed, Lee’s then boyfriend, having his conviction vacated. He’s now awaiting a new trial.We have since seen an influx of very successful true-crime podcasts. The iTunes top ten frequently includes the likes of My Favorite Murder, Trace and Casefile True Crime – plus the brand new The Doorstep … [Read more...] about Five true-crime podcasts for the armchair detective in you