Eric Holder’s Off the Record Meetings with The Press

May 31, 2013 in News

Lucy Steigerwald | Today Attorney General Eric Holder held a meeting — the second of three — with journalists from high-profile organizations including the ABC, The Wall Street Journal, and POLITICO, in order to discuss how to placate them during any potential, future Department of Justice wiretapping.

Obama DOJ formally accuses journalist in leak case of committing crimes

May 20, 2013 in News

Glenn Greenwald | It is now well known that the Obama justice department has prosecuted more government leakers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all prior administrations combined – in fact, double the number of all such prior prosecutions. But as last week’s controversy…

DoJ Secretly Granted Immunity to Companies that Participated in Monitoring Program

April 26, 2013 in News

Kim Zetter | The Justice Department agree to grant internet service providers that participated in a new cybersecurity monitoring program legal authorization to monitor and intercept communications traffic, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Are You A Teenager Who Reads News Online? According to the Justice Department, You May Be a Criminal

April 3, 2013 in News

EFF | As we’ve explained previously, in multiple cases the DOJ has taken the position that a violation of a website’s Terms of Service or an employer’s Terms of Use policy can be treated as a criminal act. And the House Judiciary Committee…

Inspector General Report Claims DOJ Asked ICE to Drop “Fast and Furious” Investigations

March 29, 2013 in News

Washington Post | The Office of the Assistant Attorney General allegedly asked an ICE investigative unit in Arizona to stop certain investigations into weapons smuggling in order to avoid disrupting the gun-walking operation, according to the report.

Rule of Law Undermining by Attorney General Holder Eclipses DOJ Predecessors

March 20, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | Far from holding government officials accountable to abiding by the rule of law, the attorneys general of each successive administration have increasingly aided and abetted the Executive Branch in skirting and, more often than not, flouting the law altogether…

Software Piracy Conspiracy Surrounds Defense Contractor Working with Military Helicopters, Marine One

March 19, 2013 in News

ComputerWorld | The pirated software was used to design components for military helicopters, including the president’s Marine One fleet

DOJ Zealously Prosecuted Swartz, But Ignored Pirated Drone Software Sold to CIA

March 18, 2013 in News

Bill Conroy | It turns out that the same prosecutors who chose to bury Swartz under an avalanche of computer-fraud charges chose not to pursue prosecution of another far more serious alleged corporate computer crime…

CIA May Be Forced to Disclose Drone-related Documents

March 15, 2013 in News

Politico | For now, the CIA can still maintain its official silence on whether it uses armed drones. But a new court decision Friday could force the agency to provide some information about what kind of records they have on the subject and spell out why it’s not required to say more about them.

How Panic and Hysteria Led U.S. Anti-hacking Law Far Astray

March 14, 2013 in News

CNet | The 1983 movie “WarGames” led to an anti-hacking law with felony penalties aimed at deterring intrusions into NORAD. Over time, it became broad and vague enough to ensnare the late Aaron Swartz.