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Tag: Justice Department

Data-Grabbing ‘Stingrays’ Are Attacking Our Civil Liberties

The secrecy surrounding police use of these “anti-terrorism” devices in ordinary criminal investigations is a big and growing problem, ACLU experts say, one that puts some defendants at an unfair and illegal disadvantage.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Joins Call for DOJ Probe of Exxon’s Climate Change Misinformation Campaign

The petroleum company may have violated federal law by funding a decadeslong misinformation campaign on climate change, the Vermont senator says.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Report: Shift in Sentencing Guidelines Will Mean Freedom for 6,000 U.S. Inmates

In a move that will hopefully lead to further concrete steps to target America’s mass incarceration problem, the U.S. Justice Department is getting ready to release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

Across the Nation, States Charge Inmates for Prison Costs

The fees incurred aren’t just for the major expenses, but also for clothing, blankets, toilet paper and towels. One study found that many former inmates ended up dealing with collections agencies or even back in lockup for failure to pay the debts.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

Our Gang Problem Is Bigger Than We Think

The word “gang” has often been associated with groups of poor young men of color. But the recent deadly shootout in Waco, Texas, among five largely white motorcycle clubs has drawn attention to the fact that gangs come in a variety of forms and colors. Fraternities, sports fans and even the police and military bear many of the same hallmarks.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE

A Tale of Two Terrorists: Both Convicted, One Condemned to Die

The death penalty verdict in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been presented as a rational outcome of the facts, yet other terrorists whose acts were far more destructive, like the 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, have been shown mercy.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE

Five Big Banks Pleading Guilty to Felony Charges Will Continue Business as Usual

“For most people, pleading guilty to a felony means they will very likely land in prison, lose their job and forfeit their right to vote,” writes Dealbook at The New York Times.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Veteran D.C. Attorney: ‘Without Edward Snowden, Our System Could Have Failed’

The efforts to reform the way the U.S. government gathers intelligence indicate that the whistleblower’s disclosures “have had the impact that motivated him,” writes Ronald Goldfarb, who served in the Justice Department of the Kennedy administration, at Time magazine.

Posted on May 10, 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

Technology Does Not Guarantee Transparency

In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent. But two New York politicos are showing that the era of Big Data does not necessarily mean the public gets a better view of its government.

Posted on Mar 8, 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

Truthdigger of the Week: Barrett Brown

Since his arrest in 2012, Brown has come to be seen as one of those subjected to predatory treatment as the U.S. government persecutes journalists who use underground tactics to expose wrongdoing.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE

Justice Department Tracked International Calls in Secret

The U.S. Justice Department kept a secret database of U.S. calls made to and from foreign countries, a new court filing and officials familiar with the program say.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE


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

Justice Department-Sponsored Autopsy Calls Michael Brown’s Death a ‘Homicide’ (Video)

On Tuesday, four months after Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., news broke that the Justice Department had released the results of its own autopsy.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE

Photo by Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News & World Report, via Wikimedia Commons

American Hero; American Story

John Doar died last week at the age of 92. If there was a Greatest Generation, he was one of its greatest men.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE

IRS Seizes Money From Guiltless Americans on Mere Suspicion

A controversial area of law empowers the IRS to confiscate significant sums of money from “run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation” and “without ever filing a criminal complaint,” leaving the owners “to prove they are innocent,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Oct 26, 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

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

In Desegregation Case, Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department

A federal judge in Alabama says a local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE

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Citigroup: The Original Gangsta

The prototypical too-big-to-fail bank will pay $7 billion in fines, a move that will avoid a humiliating trial dealing with its role in the financial meltdown.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

The Top 40 Threats to Free Speech

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: What do sex-obsessed nipplephobes and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have in common? Also: Why the U.S. won’t give American banks the Credit Suisse treatment, and the logic behind Elizabeth Warren for president.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE

The Top 40 Threats to Free Speech

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: What do sex-obsessed nipplephobes and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have in common? Also: Why the U.S. won’t give American banks the Credit Suisse treatment, and the logic behind Elizabeth Warren for president.

Posted on May 23, 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

Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Mark Udall

The Colorado senator used an open hearing in the chamber to disclose the existence of an internal CIA review that conflicts with the agency’s official assessment of its dubious interrogation program.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE

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Government Sues Sprint for Inflating Surveillance Charges

It turns out even Uncle Sam has had enough of hidden fees.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE

‘It’s Information Warfare Against Journalism, Against the Public’

“The state now wants to make sharing unapproved information a crime,” DSWright writes at FireDogLake. “Which is to say the stakes in the Barrett Brown case could not be higher.”

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE

‘Obama Administration Calmly Debates Killing More Americans’

Readers could be forgiven for thinking they stepped into a parallel universe while reading The New York Times on Monday, Jason Hirthler writes at CounterPunch, as the paper reported that “the U.S. was debating slaughtering another American by drone strike. And that this ‘debate’ was occurring in the hallowed halls of justice.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE

For-Profit Probation Companies Target the Poor

By Donald Kaufman

Here’s a look into the dysfunctionality of for-profit probation companies and the story of Thomas Barrett.

Posted on Feb 13, 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


Why Has It Taken the Justice Department 10 Years to Act on Rape in Juvenile Hall?

Last week, the Justice Department convened hearings under the Prison Rape Elimination Act to examine the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse in the nation’s prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Judge Jed Rakoff

In The New York Review of Books last week, Judge Jed Rakoff stepped off the judicial bench and blamed the Justice Department for enabling “too big to jail” banks.

Posted on Dec 22, 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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Boys in Custody and the Women Who Abuse Them

A new report from the U.S. Department of Justice found that in the vast majority of cases of sexual abuse in prison, it was female staff members who were targeting and exploiting the male teens in their custody.

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 READ MORE

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Bush Caved on NSA Surveillance After Top Officials Threatened to Resign

According to The Washington Post, some of the top officials who served during the George W. Bush administration, including the man whom President Obama may tap to become the next head of the FBI, threatened to resign nine years ago upon learning that then-President Bush had ordered the NSA to begin collecting metadata on emails and Skype calls placed within the U.S.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE

Tea Partyer Threatens Senator, Fox News Pundit’s Sexist Remarks, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why prominent news outlets are declining an invitation to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama’s becoming the target of yet another letter possibly laced with the deadly poison ricin.

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE

Eric Holder Should Resign Over Spying, Editor of The Progressive Says

On “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday, Matt Rothschild reiterated his call for the attorney general to resign or be fired in the wake of recent revelations that the government was spying on the press and on Occupy protesters.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE

DOJ Allegedly Spied on Fox News Correspondent, the FBI Investigates Bachmann, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP candidate once trying to criminalize not reporting a miscarriage to police and Bob Woodward delivers some bad news for Republicans.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Angus King

Sen. Angus King was the lone voice of sanity at a hearing where Pentagon officials said the war on terror could last up to 20 more years—or however long the president deems fit.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE

What the Benghazi Emails Reveal, Rove Blames Obama for Scandals, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest sign that Anthony Weiner will enter the New York City mayoral race and televangelist Pat Robertson’s dubious marital advice for women.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE

The False God of ‘Narrative’

I know, I know: This “confluence” of “scandals” spells “trouble” for the Obama administration. Well, sure, this has been hell week for the president. But what spells trouble for our country is our apparent eagerness to avoid debate about discrete problems by sacrificing the particulars and the facts to the idol of political narrative.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE

GOP Leaders Call IRS Scandal ‘Criminal,’ O’Reilly Defends Obama, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a rosy economic forecast is released and the IRS scandal leads to at least one resignation.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE

Obama Weighs In On IRS Scandal, Bachmann Pushes 9/11 Pray Day, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Justice Department is caught spying on The Associated Press and a new poll shows Sarah Palin’s U.S. Senate prospects.

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE


Prosecuting the Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been denied his Miranda rights and should he be charged as an enemy combatant?

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE

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