Tag Archives: Department of Justice

Donald Trump’s war on journalism has begun. But journalists are not his main target…

“These leaks have been going on for a long time, and my administration will get to the bottom of this,” Trump warned in a statement on Thursday.

Justice Dept Announces It Will End Use of For-Profit Prisons

This announcement comes on the heels of a rather scathing report from the DOJ’s inspector general last week which found the nefarious privately-run facilities had a greater number of safety and security incidents than those run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Chelsea Manning: We’re citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear

Manning: After 9/11, a dedicated office of lawyers specializing in novel applications of law for national security issues, the National Security Division (NSD), was created and now, with a small caseload and an enormous amount of resources, this division of the Department of Justice has been waging a quiet war against the media, their sources and the right to free speech and a free press, using the growing national security and surveillance apparatus to prosecute various cases and, occasionally, target the media.

Nation of Change: DOJ Admits FBI Forensic Examiners Gave False Testimony for Decades

From the article: “Unfortunately hair analysis is only one of many flawed forensic practices that are still used that pose the threat of infecting criminal trials across the nation. We need leadership in Washington to ensure scientific rigor and greater oversight over forensics to prevent these miscarriages of justice.”

Kathy Kelly: The Storm Is Over

The Department of Justice Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 provides 27.4 billion in discretionary funding. In state prisons alone, it’s estimated that taxpayers spend an average of $31,286.00 per inmate per year. (The Price of Prisons: What Incarceration Costs Taxpayers, p. 9). But, for Kelly: Most of the 2.5 months that I’ve lived here in Atwood Hall, the elevator from the basement to the 3rd floor, which should serve close to 300 women, has been out of order.

Glenn Greenwald | Court Accepts DOJ’s ‘State Secrets’ Claim to Protect Shadowy Neocons: a New Low

Group of neocon extremists was literally just immunized by a federal court from the rule of law. By GLENN GREENWALD   The Intercept   firstlook.org   March 26, 2015 A truly stunning debasement of the U.S. justice system just occurred through the joint efforts of the Obama Justice Department and a meek and frightened Obama-appointed federal judge, Edgardo Ramos, all in order to […]

Sahar Aziz: Moving Beyond Politics to Accountability on US Torture Program

  Will the United States do what it demands of other nations, and hold its own government officials accountable for torture, or will it parrot authoritarian regimes as it invokes national security as a blanket excuse for crimes against humanity? January 11, 2009: “Who Would Jesus Torture?” sign at the International Day to Shut Down Guantanamo […]

▶ Michael Ratner: Obama’s Record on Defending Civil and Constitutional Rights Abysmal

 Michael Ratner and Paul Jay [Real News Network] discuss Obama administration’s policy towards Ferguson, Guantanamo, the NSA and torture Uploaded on Nov 26, 2014 Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Rise Up Times is […]

U.S. Muslim leaders say FBI pressuring people to become informants

 Leaders at several mosques in California and Minnesota contacted for comment said they were afraid to speak out for fear of becoming a government target.    The seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Mandel Ngan / AFP-Getty Images)     By JOHN M. GLIONNA  Los Angeles Times  November 3, 2014     CrimeCouncil on […]

Truthdig: Why Twitter’s Lawsuit Could Make or Break Transparency

Twitter’s recent battle to be able to release a more specific transparency report isn’t just a PR move, Cardozo contends. “I think the six tech companies that sued in the FISA court last year and then rolled over and agreed to the Justice Department’s guidance—I think that was PR. Those companies—Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple—declared victory […]

Rolling Stone: Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire

Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world’s largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they don’t want you to know is how they made all that money. Tim Dickinson has written a great article in a mainstream publication. It really introduces the Kochs to a […]

A Group Of Ferguson Protesters Releases List Of Demands, Calls For National ‘Walk Out’

A coalition of Ferguson protesters met with reporters Friday to announce a list of demands related to the investigation of the shooting death of Michael Brown and to call for college students to participate in a national “Walk Out” from classes on Monday. By DURRIE BOUSCAREN   St. Louis Public Radio   August 22, 2014 The group […]

▶ 52 Orgs. Demand Charges against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange be Dropped

Assange on his two years of asylum | MSNBC. NOW MSNBC  Alex Wagner  June 19, 2014 Julian Assange discusses his time spent in embassy asylum, and the efforts being made by some organizations to have charges against him dropped. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page […]

Citing “Intense Public Interest and Concern” Over Mass Surveillance, Judge Orders DOJ to Turn Over Secret Legal Opinions for Court to Review

A federal judge today ordered the Department of Justice to hand over key opinions by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (also known as the “FISA court”) so the judge can directly review whether information about mass surveillance was improperly withheld from the public. BY DAVE MAASS  EFF.org  June 13, 2014 Courtroom sketch by Susie Cagle. Click to enlarge. The order is […]

Norman Solomon: An Assault from Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism

The Obama administration is insisting that Risen name his confidential source — or face imprisonment. Risen says he won’t capitulate. by Norman Solomon  Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Common Dreams New York Times journalist James Risen continues to face prosecution by the Department of Justice for performing his job. (Photo: Alex Menendez/UCB Graduate School of Journalism/) […]

Glenn Greenwald> Obama DOJ again refuses to tell a court whether CIA drone program even exists

Obama DOJ again refuses to tell a court whether CIA drone program even exists As the nation spent the week debating the CIA assassination program, Obama lawyers exploit secrecy to shield it from all review Glenn Greenwald  guardian.co.uk, Thursday 14 February 2013 The Obama DOJ again tells a court that it cannot safely confirm or deny the existence […]

Josh Stearns> Citizens Get Conflicting Messages About Their Right to Record

Citizens Get Conflicting Messages About Their Right to Record by Josh Stearns, May 29, 2012       MediaShift This month, federal agencies and local officials sent two powerful but conflicting messages to the American public about our right to record. On May 14, the Justice Department submitted a letter to the Baltimore Police Department providing in-depth guidance on […]

People’s Blog for the Constitution » DOJ goes after Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir for role in WikiLeaks video

DOJ goes after Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir for role in WikiLeaks video Lindsey Needham   January 29, 2012    BORDC Birgitta Jónsdóttir, member of Iceland’s parliament since 2009, is being targeted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for her role in producing Collateral Murder with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The controversial video shows footage, reportedly […]