The Never-Ending Drug War

August 13, 2013 in News

Jacob Hornberger | The drug war is back in the news with two major events, one here in the United States and the other in Mexico. Both events point to the utter futility and destructiveness of this decades-long disaster. The New York Times reports that Attorney General Eric Holder will announce…

ACLU sues four top Obama administration officials over Verizon metadata sharing

June 12, 2013 in News

Ars Technica | The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday against four high-level government officials, arguing that Verizon’s ongoing sharing of telephone metadata to the National Security Agency (NSA) is unconstitutional. The officials include Director of National Intelligence James Clapper…

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.

Murder, Inc.

May 27, 2013 in News

Jacob Hornberger | For all his faults and failures, President Lyndon Johnson put it correctly: With its assassination program, the CIA was operating a “damned Murder Inc.” Not only does Johnson’s pointed observation observe the true nature of the federal government’s assassination program…

The Audacity of Eric Holder’s Letter Admitting Team Obama Killed 4 Americans

May 23, 2013 in News

Conor Friedersdorf | Attorney General Eric Holder has just sent a truly incredible letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In it, he acknowledges that the U.S. has killed four of its own citizens in drone strikes. Casual news consumers may find that confusing.

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.

‘Fast and Furious’ Report: ATF Kept Border Patrol Unaware of Operation, DHS Ignored Leads

March 23, 2013 in News

Los Angeles Times | Even as they lost scores of illegal firearms in their Fast and Furious operation, federal ATF agents asked their Border Patrol counterparts not to pursue criminal leads or track gun smuggling in southern Arizona…

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…

Rand Paul Ends Historic Filibuster After Almost 13 Hours

March 7, 2013 in News

The Washington Times | After years in the shadows, the administration’s secret drone program burst into very public view Wednesday with lawmakers grilling the attorney general over legal justification for targeted killings and Sen. Rand Paul launching…

Attorney General Holder Sends DC Lawyers To Plug Stuxnet Leaks

January 28, 2013 in News

Washington Post | Federal investigators looking into disclosures of classified information about a cyberoperation that targeted Iran’s nuclear program have increased pressure on current and former senior government officials suspected of involvement, according to people familiar with the investigation.