In Rare & Extraordinary Decision, Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Over State Secrets

By: Monday March 23, 2015 5:05 pm

A federal judge made an extremely rare and unusual decision and dismissed a defamation lawsuit in between two private parties because the government invoked the state secrets privilege. He denied lawyers for the plaintiff in the case access to reasons why the government invoked the privilege. Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis alleged that [...]

FBI’s Culture of Hostility Toward Whistleblowers—And How Justice Department Permits Policy of Retaliation

By: Thursday March 5, 2015 2:16 pm

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI retaliation against whistleblowers, FBI associate deputy director Kevin Perkins declared, “We will not and do not tolerate retaliation against whistleblowers in the FBI.” The astonishing remark was made as the committee chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, reported that an FBI whistleblower had recently emailed him to report retaliation. [...]

Judge Decides FBI, Justice Department May Keep Records on Investigation Into WikiLeaks Secret

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:27 pm

A federal judge has determined the government does not have to release records related to its investigation into WikiLeaks. The judge indicated the court was “persuaded” there is a “criminal investigation.” The government had provided “sufficient specificity” as to the investigation’s status and a “sufficient explanation as to why the investigation is of long-term duration.” [...]

David Petraeus’ Sweetheart Plea Deal for Leaking ‘Black Books’ with Names of Covert Agents to His Biographer

By: Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:26 pm

Former CIA director and military general David Petraeus improperly possessed “Black Books” containing the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and other classified information, including notes from his discussions with President Barack Obama. He provided his biographer, Paula Broadwell, access to these books after she asked to use them as source material. He [...]

Leaked HSBC Files Show Banking Giant Provided Services to Clients Tied to Arms Trafficking, Blood Diamonds

By: Monday February 9, 2015 11:10 am

Files from a whistleblower, which a major French newspaper obtained, show HSBC’s Swiss private bank offered services to clients, who the United Nations, court documents and media had singled out as having connections to arms trafficking, bribery and blood diamonds. The HSBC files span from 2005 to 2007. According to The Guardian, the files “amount [...]

Obama Administration Hinders FBI Whistleblower Protections & Inspector General Oversight

By: Wednesday February 4, 2015 4:55 pm

The FBI withholds records the inspector general for the Justice Department should legally be able to access, and, in the process, has impacted the ability of the office to review whistleblower allegations and claims of retaliation. President Barack Obama’s administration has apparently supported this position, which hinders an office that is supposed to provide independent [...]

How DEA Keeps Defendants in the Dark on Role Intelligence Agencies Play in Their Prosecution

By: Tuesday February 3, 2015 4:11 pm

Drug Enforcement Agency training guides reveal details about how law enforcement agencies go about concealing how evidence from intelligence agencies may have been used to prosecute a person. They show how DEA agents, law enforcement and prosecutors cooperate together to essentially sidestep constraints created by the United States Constitution and statutory requirements for open and [...]

Inspector General Report: DEA Doesn’t Keep Data on Racial Profiling in ‘Cold Consent Encounters’

By: Saturday January 31, 2015 1:26 pm

The Office of the Inspector General for the Justice Department conducted a review of Drug Enforcement Agency “cold consent encounters” at mass transportation facilities after receiving complaints from two African American women about a practice that has been associated with racial profiling. The review found that the DEA does not collect the appropriate racial and [...]

FBI Lists Brother of US Citizen Challenging No Fly List as ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ Day Before Major Hearing

By: Friday January 30, 2015 12:50 pm

In the Eastern District of Virginia, the Justice Department has been fighting a lawsuit brought by a US citizen, who claims his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List. The judge has not blindly accepted the government’s state secrets claims and left open the possibility that the government may [...]

US Government Grows Increasingly Frustrated with Judge Challenging State Secrets Claims in No Fly List Case

By: Thursday January 29, 2015 7:34 pm

In a case where a US citizen is alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List, Attorney General Eric Holder and the United States Justice Department claim a federal judge is not interpreting the state secrets privilege correctly. The judge denied a motion to dismiss in October of [...]

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