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Tag: Eric Holder


Dear Mr. Holder: Here’s Why Edward Snowden Can’t Get a Fair Trial in Your National Security State

The former U.S. attorney general’s sudden appreciation of Snowden is hypocritical.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Former Attorney General Eric Holder: Snowden Performed ‘Public Service’ but Should Be Punished

Despite his belief that the way Snowden opened the public debate on surveillance was “inappropriate and illegal,” Holder says that any judge who might try the NSA whistleblower should account for his contribution to the debate about mass surveillance.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



Private Groups, Not Government, Lead the Charge on Prison Issues

As architects consider a ban on designing death chambers and a major pharmaceutical company stops selling drugs for use in executions, Washington sits on its hands when it comes to reform.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s Bureaucrats Thwarting His Efforts to Free Drug War Prisoners

The applications of thousands of federal inmates eligible for commuted sentences are bottlenecked, and the clock is ticking.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



Two Years Behind Bars or 20? One Day, a Computer Formula May Have a Say

Influenced by algorithms, judges who are racially biased might actually hand out milder sentences to minority defendants. But some experts worry that, in the big picture, an imperfect science may work against the accused.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



A Most Unhappy New Year at Guantanamo

As the clock counts down to the new year, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



The Best Defense Is Good Offense: DOJ Challenges Local Public Defense Programs

Court filings bring national attention to local funding issues.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



Comcast Merger With Time Warner Is Scrapped

The takeover’s collapse comes shortly after outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gave regulators his approval to challenge the merger, which they had feared would harm competition and consumers alike.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



For Goodness’ Sakes, Confirm Loretta Lynch Now

In a sane world, the Republican-led Senate would have confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general months ago. But sanity hasn’t been seen around here in some time.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE



Court Dismisses Suit Against Anti-Iran Group Due to Risk of Exposing State Secrets

The U.S. government won the dismissal of a defamation suit against an anti-Iran advocacy group last week. It was the first time the government has intervened in a private case not involving a government agency or defense contractor.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



In Selma, Memories of Bloody Sunday Spur Action Today

Fifty years have passed since Bloody Sunday, that seminal event in United States civil-rights history when African-Americans and their allies attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., demanding the right to vote.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

March 5 marks an important but oft-overlooked anniversary.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



DOJ: No Charges for Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting

Just a day after the news broke that the Justice Department had found evidence of racist practices within the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, the DOJ released a report claiming that, by its own estimation, Officer Darren Wilson was motivated by personal safety concerns when he shot and killed the unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



Department of Justice Finds Signs of Racial Bias in Ferguson Police Force

The national discussion about race relations and police brutality that intensified last summer with the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others is continuing with the news that a Department of Justice investigation has found evidence of racial bias within the Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE



DOJ: No Charges for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

Although Attorney General Eric Holder sounded a conciliatory note in making the announcement, it was his disheartening task on Tuesday to go public with the news that the Justice Department was closing the book on the highly charged Trayvon Martin case.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap

The shadow of a new threat seems to be darkening the national security landscape: the lone-wolf terrorist. But most of what pundits and officials claim about it simply isn’t true.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Isn’t David Petraeus on Trial?

The U.S. government has treated principled whistle-blowers like treasonous spies, yet Attorney General Eric Holder has reportedly ignored recommendations from his own FBI and Justice Department to prosecute former CIA chief David Petraeus.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Trial Is About Our Humanity, Not His Guilt

Ultimately the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and the process by which it is decided, will reflect the fairness of the U.S. justice system, the humanity of American society and our role in the world.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE



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The Next Attorney General Should Make Presidential Pardons Less Racist, at the Very Least

More than two years ago, a ProPublica series showed that white applicants were far more likely to receive clemency than comparable applicants who were black. Since then, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but the pardons system remains unchanged.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE


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Eric Holder and RFK’s Legacy

When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can and must always be a force for that which is right.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria, Holder and the Truth about the Fed

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the British Parliament’s vote to support attacks against Islamic State in Syria, President Obama’s speech at the United Nations Climate Summit and the departure of Attorney General Eric Holder, whom Scheer criticizes as an enormous disappointment.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Debate: One of the Finest Attorneys General in the Nation’s History?

Assessments of Attorney General Eric Holder’s legacy have been mixed. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund hailed him for his role in transforming the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and his leadership on voting rights. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union criticized Holder’s record on national security issues.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General

He’s spent almost six years guiding the Justice Department through some tricky terrain—think Benghazi, Ferguson and DOMA—and Thursday, Eric Holder made it known he is preparing to exit his position as U.S. attorney general. 

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Too Big to Punish

A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law.” Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson’s Next Rally: Justice for Michael Brown

The real pressure point now moves to the grand jury of St. Louis County. The focus should now be justice for Michael Brown.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Exposes America’s Enduring Legacy of White Bigotry

At the heart of what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., is an unbridgeable racial divide that has prevented too many whites from looking at African-Americans as human beings.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE


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Eric Holder in Ferguson: ‘I Am Also a Black Man’

The nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer and the first African-American attorney general is now physically in the center of the racially charged uprising in Ferguson, Mo.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Turmoil Continues With Another Shooting, More Arrests

The face-off between police and protesters in and around Ferguson, Mo., continued Tuesday, with tensions further kindled by reports of another police shooting and by more details about slain teenager Michael Brown.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE



Civil Rights Leaders Make the Case for Peace in Wake of Michael Brown Shooting (Video)

While acknowledging the outrage that followed the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday after the unarmed teenager was shot in a police car by a still-unnamed police officer, on Tuesday activists like the Rev. Al Sharpton emphasized the need for calm and justice as the case is investigated.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE



Dead Is Dead: Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment

Thanks to a much contested, recently released but significantly redacted Justice Department white paper providing the basis for the extrajudicial killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, we finally know the president in post-constitutional America is officially judge, jury and executioner.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Sentenced to Wait: Efforts to End Prison Rape Stall Again

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in Washington in 2003. It still hasn’t been fully implemented.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



Prosecutors May Finally Go After Criminal Mega-Banks

The biggest banks pose a challenge for prosecutors.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury

Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Justice Department Probes High-Speed Trading

File this under “In Case You Missed It” (or “ICYMI,” for Twitter-savvy types): The U.S. Justice Department has launched a probe of high-speed trading to see whether it involves illegal insider trading, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 READ MORE



Toyota to Pay $1.2 Billion for Deadly Defect Cover-Up

Toyota Motor Corp. will pay $1.2 billion to settle U.S. criminal charges that it lied to safety regulators and the public as it tried to cover up deadly accelerator defects.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



Revealed: Abuse of Secrets Privilege in Obama’s DOJ

For almost a decade the U.S. government refused to let Stanford Ph.D. student Rahinah Ibrahim back in the country after putting her on a no-fly list and not telling her why. Invoking the state secrets privilege, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed the information she wanted “could reasonably be expected to cause significant harm to national security.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



Holder Promises to Protect Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. attorney general announced Saturday that he would aggressively defend a slew of rights granted to same-sex spouses.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



Enough Is Enough: Fraud-Ridden Banks Are Not L.A.’s Only Option

JPMorgan Chase has been involved in more than a dozen felonies. Why are we still doing business with it?

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



Eric Holder Hints at Plea Deal for Edward Snowden

The U.S. attorney general suggested Thursday that the government could allow the NSA whistle-blower to return home from Russia under negotiated terms.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Would Holder Prosecute Greenwald? A Blurry Answer

An inquiry by Florida Congressman Alan Grayson compelled Attorney General Eric Holder to state that “any journalist who’s engaged in true journalistic activities is not going to be prosecuted by [the U.S.] Justice Department.” But as civil liberties journalist Glenn Greenwald points out, the assertion is riddled with caveats.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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The Neutered Message of the March on Washington

“Based upon the speeches during the main portion of today’s events there can be little doubt that the Dr. King who was murdered in Memphis in 1968 would not have been allowed to speak at this fiftieth-anniversary commemoration of his life,” The Nation’s Dave Zirin wrote of Saturday’s March on Washington.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE


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Justice Dept. Seeks to Block Airline Merger, Says ‘American People Deserve Better’

Worried that the impending merger of American Airlines and US Airways would kill domestic competition, the Justice Department is suing on antitrust grounds.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE



George W. Bush Hospitalized, Government Sues Bank of America, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the first charges filed in the deadly Benghazi terrorist attacks and a look at the donations of The Washington Post’s new owner.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Fighting Back on Voting Rights

Attorney General Eric Holder has opened what will be an epic battle over whether our country will remain committed to equal rights at the ballot box. In a display of egregious judicial activism in late June, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Holder made clear last week he intends to fight back.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE


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