In Leak Prosecution, Attorneys Demand to Know if Government Has ‘Agreement’ with Reporter James Risen

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 4:33 pm

(update below) Attorneys for former CIA officer and whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling are demanding evidence of any “understandings” or “agreements” between the United States and James Risen, a New York Times reporter, for testimony in the case. The demand comes after Attorney General Eric Holder made comments yesterday at the Washington Ideas Forum about whistleblowers and [...]

Justice Department Rejects Key Reforms to FBI Whistleblower Regulations

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 5:06 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is considering an array of new procedures that may modestly improve protections for whistleblowers, however, the Justice Department rejected a number of key reforms that “whistleblower advocates” have urged the agency to adopt. Under a presidential policy directive President Barack Obama issued in October 2012, which applied to whistleblowers with [...]

Yet Another Example of How Government Uses ‘Legal Process’ to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources

By: Friday October 10, 2014 3:21 pm

In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought [...]

Living Life in Prison Without Parole for Nonviolent Drug Offenses: Euka Wadlington & His Fight for Freedom

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:34 am

“When you have a life sentence, it does not promote rehabilitation,” according to Euka Wadlington, a forty-eight year-old African-American who is serving two life sentences in federal prison in Greenville, Illinois. “By design, you are locked up in a cage until you die.” As he explains being in prison for life without the possibility of [...]

Why Is Justice Department Protecting Anti-Iran Group & Not Prosecuting It for Possessing ‘State Secrets’?

By: Friday September 19, 2014 11:29 am

A lawyer representing a Greek businessman and ship owner, who has accused an anti-Iran advocacy group of falsely and maliciously identifying him as part of their campaign to name and shame individuals and companies that do business in Iran, has responded to the Justice Department’s unprecedented decision to claim state secrets privilege. Abbe Lowell represents [...]

In No Fly List Case, Judge Questions Government’s ‘State Secrets’ Claims & Orders Documents Be Produced

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 3:09 pm

In a lawsuit in which a US citizens has alleged that his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List, a federal judge has ordered the government to produce documents so he can review them and determine whether the government should be allowed to invoke the state secrets privilege. The [...]

The Justice Department’s Scandalous Decision to Invoke ‘State Secrets’ & Protect an Anti-Iran Group

By: Monday September 15, 2014 8:10 pm

In an unprecedented move, the United States government has moved to invoke the state secrets privilege in a private defamation lawsuit, which does not appear to hinge upon any government activity. The government has also called for the court hearing the case to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit filed in the US District Court of [...]

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists Show Solidarity with James Risen in Fight Against Justice Department

By: Monday August 11, 2014 1:56 pm

There is no indication that the Justice Department will not pursue testimony for its leak prosecution against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, and, as a result, fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists have come forward to declare their support for Risen in his fight against revealing information from his confidential sources. The government has pursued testimony from [...]

Tsarnaev Lawyers Renew Effort to Convince Court to Hold Law Enforcement Officials Responsible for Leaks

By: Friday July 25, 2014 5:38 pm

For months, lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been pushing a federal district court in Massachusetts to hold a hearing and address the issue of law enforcement officials leaking details related to the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. Lawyers renewed their objection to leaks as they continue to occur, despite the objections of the court. [...]

Federal Judge Rules US Citizens Placed on No-Fly List Had Their Due Process Rights Violated

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 5:10 pm

A federal district court in Oregon has ruled that United States citizens who were placed on the No-Fly List had their rights to “procedural due process” violated. The current process is unconstitutional and the government must “provide a new process” that satisfies the “constitutional requirements for due process.” The ACLU brought a case on behalf [...]

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