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Vicki Needham (The Hill) reports on a new ABC News - Yahoo! News poll: "In the recent survey, 85 percent said they are angry about the nation's economic condition, with 54 percent blaming both parties equally. Still more people — 35 percent of those polled — are angry at Democrats, while only 10 percent are mad at Republicans, who are the minority in the House and the Senate. " ABC News analyzes the results here.
In other news, Gareth Peirce is a human rights attorney in England and one of the few shining apples in a world filled with bad apples. The Guardian has a profile on her by Stuart Jeffries:
'I don't have any memories of my childhood now," says Gerry Conlon, as he rolls a cigarette in the sun-dappled garden of a cafe in Camden Town, north London. "But everything that happened from Saturday 30 November 1974 is absolutely vivid." That was the day the 20-year-old was arrested in Belfast for his supposed part in the Guildford pub bombings, in which five people died and 65 were injured. It was 15 years before Conlon was finally released from prison – thanks mostly to the human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce.
Conlon became known as one of the Guildford Four, whose convictions, along with those of the Birmingham Six and the Maguire Seven, remain among the most grievous miscarriages of justice in British history. Here's a typical vignette from Conlon's 15 years in British jail: "When they put me in a cell in the police station, there was no mattress or anywhere to sit. There was no glass in the windows, so flurries of snow were coming in. I was shivering. To make myself small I rolled into the foetal position. A policeman came into the cell with an alsatian as I was lying on the floor naked. He loosened the lead and the dog leaped at me. Its teeth were not even an inch away from my face. He said, 'Don't lie down again or I'll come back with the dog and take it off the leash.'"
In her new book, Dispatches from the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice, Peirce argues that these miscarriages catalysed conflict in Northern Ireland. "Central to the anger and despair that fuelled the conflict was the realisation that the British courts would offer neither protection nor justice," she writes. "This should be always in our minds as we analyse the experiences of our new suspect community." Certainly, this thought has been in her mind a long time. Moazzam Begg, the one-time terror suspect whom Peirce represented before and during his imprisonment in Guantánamo Bay, says, "She said soon after I met her in 1998: 'It was the Irish first and I can see now it's the turn of the Muslims.'"
Emma Thompson played Peirce in the film In The Name of the Father.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday: