Justice Department/Department of Justice (DOJ)
- Homepage: http://www.firstgov.com/us_gov/doj.html
January 2006: 'The overall mission of the Department of Justice (DOJ or the Department), as reflected in its Strategic Plan for the fiscal years (FY) 2003-2008, is stated as follows: "...to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans..."
Led by the Attorney General, DOJ comprises 40 separate component organizations. These include the U.S. Attorneys (USAs) who prosecute offenders and represent the United States government in court; the major investigative agencies – the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which deter and investigate crimes, and arrest criminal suspects; the U.S. Marshals Services (USMS), which protects the federal judiciary, apprehends fugitives and detains persons in federal custody; and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), which confines convicted offenders.'http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/annualreports/pr2005/P1/p01-2.pdf
April 2013: "But instead of using the savings to be more generous to authors, the six major publishing houses — five of which were sued last year by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division for fixing e-book prices — all rigidly insist on clauses limiting e-book royalties to 25 percent of net receipts. That is roughly half of a traditional hardcover royalty."http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/opinion/the-slow-death-of-the-american-author.html
February 2013: "The Justice Department filed civil fraud charges late on Monday against the nation's largest credit-ratings agency, Standard & Poor's, accusing the firm of inflating the ratings of mortgage investments and setting them up for a crash when the financial crisis struck."http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/u-s-and-states-prepare-to-sue-s-p-over-mortgage-ratings
February 2013: 'A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.'http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/04/16843014-exclusive-justice-department-memo-reveals-legal-case-for-drone-strikes-on-americans
November 2012: "The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission, with Wal-Mart’s cooperation, are also looking into the company’s compliance with the antibribery law."http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/business/wal-mart-expands-foreign-bribery-investigation.html
November 2012: "WASHINGTON — High-level officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department were notified in the late summer that F.B.I. agents had uncovered what appeared to be an extramarital affair involving the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus, government officials said Sunday."http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/us/us-officials-say-petraeuss-affair-known-in-summer.html
October 2012: "In February 2011, the Obama administration determined that the provision of the law that prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, and President Obama said he had directed the Department of Justice not to defend that aspect of the law in court."http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/19/us/appeals-court-rules-against-defense-of-marriage-act.html
August 2012: "HCA’s cardiac business is extremely lucrative, and the Justice Department has requested reviews that HCA conducted that indicate some of the heart procedures at some of its hospitals might not have been necessary and resulted in unjustified reimbursements from Medicare and other insurers."http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/business/hca-giant-hospital-chain-creates-a-windfall-for-private-equity.html
July 2012: "As Timm notes, the kind of legislative attack that Congress and the Justice Department seem to be intent on pursuing is a threat to media entities of all kinds — both traditional forms like the New York Times as well as newer iterations like WikiLeaks. That doesn’t mean mainstream media outlets have to allow Assange to become a member of the National Press Club, but it does mean they should be a lot more concerned about what the investigation of WikiLeaks portends for freedom of speech and a free press."http://gigaom.com/2012/07/24/first-they-came-for-wikileaks-then-the-new-york-times/
April 2012: "There are at least 81 public companies under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Department of Justice for running afoul of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes bribery in foreign countries punishable in the U.S. In addition, a growing number of companies have started placing disclosures in their financial documents that say their employees may at times violate the U.S.'s overseas bribery law, despite the company's best efforts to prevent it."http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/04/26/walmart-bribery-investigations/
April 2012: '“It was not open,” said a person who worked closely with the task force and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the bureau and Justice Department maintain a strong influence in forensic science. “Maybe [a coverup] wasn’t the intent, but it did seem to look that way. . . . It was too controlled by the FBI.”'http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/doj-review-of-flawed-fbi-forensics-processes-lacked-transparency/2012/04/17/gIQAFegIPT_story.html
March 2012: "In November 2011, I declined, in writing, a proposed meeting with Vaughan Smith and Julian Assange, because of statements made by high-level United States officials regarding their belief that Assange is a terrorist, as well as the ongoing Department of Justice investigation, which, as I understand it, could lead to terrorism and/or espionage charges against him. I have declined to meet directly with members of Occupy Wall Street, because that group is being threatened with being named as terrorists in Miami. As a result, I have ceased conducting one-on-one interviews with them."http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/mar/28/helping-chris-hedges-lawsuit-ndaa
March 2012: "If the Department of Justice gets its way, chances are that you will soon be able to purchase cheaper books on your Kindle, Nook, or iPad. The big winner, though, won't just be thrifty readers. It'll be Amazon.com. "http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/03/how-cheap-should-books-be/254279/
February 2012: "As more and more states signed on this week, the negotiations with the banks became especially intense, said one participant, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. Two bank officials, Frank Bisignano of JPMorgan Chase and Mike Heid of Wells Fargo, played a critical role in the talks with Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Thomas J. Perrelli, the associate attorney general at the Justice Department. Bank of America, which will make the largest payout as the nation’s biggest mortgage servicer, moved more cautiously, the participant said."http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/business/states-negotiate-25-billion-deal-for-homeowners.html
January 2012: 'Taking aim at financial institutions that engaged in risky lending practices that many believe tipped the country into financial crisis, Mr. Obama said he was asking Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to create a special unit of federal prosecutors and state attorneys general to expand investigations into abusive lending. The new unit, he said, “will hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/us/politics/state-of-the-union-2012.html
December 2011: "WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Friday blocked a new South Carolina law that would require voters to present photo identification, saying the law would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible minority voters."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/24/us/justice-department-rejects-voter-id-law-in-south-carolina.html
December 2011: 'Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the settlement showed that the Justice Department would “vigorously pursue those who would take advantage of certain Americans because of their race, national origin, gender or disability,” adding: “Such conduct undercuts the notion of a level playing field for all consumers. It betrays the promise of equal opportunity that is enshrined in our Constitution and our legal framework.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/business/us-settlement-reported-on-countrywide-lending.html
December 2011: "Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has engaged in systemic discrimination against Latinos with practices that violate federal law and the Constitution, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday."http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/15/justice/arizona-justice-department-investigation/index.html
August 2011: "The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a civil investigation into the alleged discriminatory policing by the sheriff's deputies in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, both in the Mojave Desert's Antelope Valley, federal officials said."http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/19/california.sheriff.discrimination/index.html
July 2011: "I realize that the Federal Reserve can’t bring a criminal case (and, to be fair, there are statutory limits on how big a fine it can levy). But the Justice Department certainly can. Yet ever since it lost an early case against two Bear Stearns fund managers in 2009, it has gone after only the smallest of small fry: individual borrowers, brokers and appraisers who lack the means to do much more than plead guilty."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/26/opinion/26nocera.html
July 2011: "In recent years, the Justice Department has brought several cases against defendants charged with supporting terror groups that have historically had ties to the ISI, including Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group that carried out the 2008 attacks in Mumbai. But those cases, too, involved no allegations that the defendants were agents of the ISI."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/world/asia/24isi.html
June 2011: "WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Thursday that it was opening a full criminal investigation into the deaths of two terrorism suspects in C.I.A. custody overseas, but it was closing inquiries into the treatment of nearly 100 other detainees over the last decade."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/01/us/politics/01DETAIN.html
July 2011: "Last week, Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, who was until recently in charge of the military’s Joint Special Operations Command, told a Senate hearing that detainees are sometimes kept on Navy ships until the Justice Department can build a case against them, or they are transferred to other countries for detention."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/06/world/africa/06detain.html
June 2011: "The Justice Department shows no sign of rethinking its campaign to punish unauthorized disclosures to the news media, with five criminal cases so far under President Obama, compared with three under all previous presidents combined. This week, a grand jury in Virginia heard testimony in a continuing investigation of WikiLeaks, the antisecrecy group, a rare effort to prosecute those who publish secrets, rather than those who leak them."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/us/politics/18leak.html
June 2011: "The probe — involving subpoenas to 23 people and raids of seven homes last fall — has triggered a high-powered protest against the Department of Justice and, in the process, could create some political discomfort for President Obama with his union supporters as he gears up for his reelection campaign."http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/activists-cry-foul-over-fbi-probe/2011/06/09/AGPRskTH_story.html
May 2011: 'He said the Justice Department’s public integrity section, which handled the investigation, “has fallen on hard times if this case has no appeal to them. It is pretty easy to get a single count of obstruction or a false statement here. In a saloon you could explain this one over a beer.” He added that “if I were the attorney general, I would have some serious questions about the judgment that the people applied. “'http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/14/us/politics/14ensign.html
December 2010: "Those arrested by the Justice Department and FBI included several figures suspected of channeling secrets from technology companies to hedge funds that then traded on that information but did not include any big names from Wall Street or corporate America."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/17/AR2010121700287.html
October 2010: "Justice Department officials announced the settlement in a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Boston, saying a $150 million payment to settle criminal charges was the largest such payment ever by a manufacturer of adulterated drugs. The outcome also provides $600 million in civil penalties. The share to the whistle-blower will be $96 million, one of the highest such awards in a health care fraud case."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/27/business/27drug.html
June 2010: "The Obama administration has decided to file a lawsuit to strike down a new Arizona law aimed at deporting illegal immigrants...."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/19/us/politics/19arizona.html
June 2010: 'The Justice Department invoked a novel argument--which White dubbed "unpersuasive"--claiming that while Hanson was able to enter the country, his laptop remained in a kind of legal limbo where the Bill of Rights did not apply. (The Fourth Amendment generally requires a warrant for searches.)'http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20007315-38.html
May 2010: "SAN FRANCISCO — The Justice Department is examining Apple’s tactics in the market for digital music, and its staff members have talked to major music labels and Internet music companies, according to several people briefed on the conversations."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/technology/26apple.html
March 2010: "The ruling by Judge Walker, the chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, rejected the Justice Department’s claim — first asserted by the Bush administration and continued under President Obama — that the charity’s lawsuit should be dismissed without a ruling on the merits because allowing it to go forward could reveal state secrets."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/us/01nsa.html
March 2010: "Since May 2004, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb and four other drug companies have paid a total of $7 billion in fines and penalties. Six of the companies admitted in court that they marketed medicines for unapproved uses. In September 2007, New York-based Bristol-Myers paid $515 million -- without admitting or denying wrongdoing -- to federal and state governments in a civil lawsuit brought by the Justice Department. The six other companies pleaded guilty in criminal cases."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/19/AR2010031905578.html
February 2010: "A Justice Department attorney told the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that there is no constitutional problem with obtaining records from cellular providers that can reveal the approximate locations of handheld and mobile devices. (See CNET's previous article.)"http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10453214-38.html
January 2010: "A similar drama unfolded in April over the release of Justice Department memos that had authorized the CIA interrogation program. CIA Director Leon Panetta and several of his predecessors opposed public release of the memos in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on the only legitimate grounds for such a stand: that the documents were legitimately still classified and their release would gravely harm national security. On this policy -- not legal -- question, the president sided with his attorney general rather than his CIA chief."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/29/AR2010012902142.html
July 2009: "The Justice Department needs to investigate whether the secretiveness of Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program tainted terrorism prosecutions by hiding exculpatory evidence from defendants, an oversight report from five inspectors general warned Friday."http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/07/psp/
June 2009: "SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley was abuzz Wednesday with news that the Justice Department had begun an antitrust investigation into the hiring practices of some of the best-known companies in the technology and biotech industries, including Google, Apple, Yahoo and Genentech."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/technology/companies/04trust.html
May 2009: "More recently, the U.S. Department of Justice has supported efforts to have Spain pursue investigations against two alleged Nazi concentration camp guards living in the United States. The Justice Department lacks the jurisdiction to prosecute the men for crimes committed decades ago in Europe but would like to deport them to Spain to stand trial there."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/23/AR2009052301795.html
December 2008: "The Interstate Horseracing Act, first passed in 1978 and amended in 2000, includes a provision that allows betting parlors to cover bets on tracks in other states. The industry interprets that language to include Internet bets, and several large firms now accept millions in wagers annually. The Justice Department contends that those bets are illegal but has not prosecuted any of the sites."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/30/AR2008113002006.html
November 2008: "The [New York City] Police Department, with the largest municipal counterterrorism operation in the country, wants the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to loosen their approach to the federal law that governs electronic surveillance. But federal officials have refused to relax the standards, and have said requests submitted by the department could actually jeopardize surveillance efforts by casting doubt on their legality."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/washington/20terror.html
November 2008: "This summer, however, the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the Justice Department, seeking documents related to the FBI's cell-phone tracking practices. Since August, they've received a stream of documents—the most recent batch on November 6—that were posted on the Internet last week. In a post on the progressive blog Daily Kos, ACLU spokesperson Rachel Myers drew attention to language in several of those documents implying that triggerfish have broader application than previously believed."http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081116-foia-docs-show-feds-can-lojack-mobiles-without-telco-help.html
November 2008: 'U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Mr. Spitzer for buying women in prostitution is a stunning betrayal of the public trust. Citing precedent, Mr. Garcia indicated that the Department of Justice (DOJ) does not typically prosecute johns who buy women from pimps, except in cases of prostitution of children....The DOJ also chose not to charge Mr. Spitzer for transporting a woman across state lines for the purpose of prostitution—a violation of the Mann Act. Congress might be interested to learn that its laws are being effectively nullified by DOJ policy.'http://www.newsweek.com/id/168395
October 2008: "For the change to go into effect, it must be approved by the Civil Rights Division of the federal Justice Department, under a provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 known as preclearance. The process is meant to ensure that changes in election law do not adversely affect a racial or ethnic minority group."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/nyregion/24whatsnext.html
October 2008: "The articles, by Barton Gellman, were excerpted from his new book called Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency. They describe how Cheney's lawyer, David Addington, and the vice president himself defended the surveillance program, overruled concerns from the Justice Department about the legality of the program -- and came within a hairsbreadth of sparking a mass Justice Department resignation that would have put Richard Nixon's Saturday Night massacre to shame."http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10063138-38.html
October 2008: 'These Uighurs didn't just steam into Guantánamo Bay off a Carnival cruise. They were brought here in error and abused in error. And now to remedy that error they will be forced to stay there indefinitely. As Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in a landmark Supreme Court decision this past summer, "The costs of delay can no longer be borne by those who are held in custody." The Justice Department managed to halt the ruling, by repeating discredited claims that the Uighurs associated with terrorists, and squawking about the perils of bringing Guantánamo to Washington.'http://www.newsweek.com/id/163477
September 2008: 'The Justice Department released a nearly 400-page report with this jaw-dropping bottom line: "Our investigation found significant evidence that political partisan considerations were an important factor in the removal of several . . . U.S. attorneys."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/29/AR2008092902663.html
August 2008: "WASHINGTON — A Justice Department plan would loosen restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to allow agents to open a national security or criminal investigation against someone without any clear basis for suspicion, Democratic lawmakers briefed on the details said Wednesday."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/21/washington/21fbi.html
July 2008: "The Justice Department has been defending COPA since its passage in 1998, when the ACLU and others filed suit against the censorship law and won an immediate injunction. Since then, the court battle has made its way twice to the Supreme Court, though the government has never won any clear battles in the dispute."http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/07/net-censorship.html
July 2008: "The Guantánamo proceedings were unfolding as Congress continued to review Bush administration policies on interrogation. At a hearing on Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee, former Attorney General John Ashcroft rejected repeated suggestions from Democrats that the methods approved by the Justice Department constituted torture."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/18/washington/18detain.html
July 2008: "In accounts dealing with other detainees, officials have written that sleep deprivation was used to soften up detainees before interrogations. A May report by the Justice Department inspector general said American military interrogators appeared to have collaborated with visiting Chinese officials at Guantánamo Bay to disrupt the sleep of Chinese Uighur detainees, waking them every 15 minutes the night before their interviews by the Chinese."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/us/15gitmo.html
July 2008: '"While this is an important first step, the S.E.C. has to undertake bold measures to constrain abusive short-selling and rumor-mongering," Wachtel, Lipton, a Wall Street law firm, wrote in a July 14 memo to clients.The firm suggested that the S.E.C. undertake a 45-day study of the markets with a public report at the end. It also suggested the agency work more closely with the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office, which has criminal authority (the S.E.C. can bring only civil penalties).'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/16/business/16short.html
July 2008: "Last month, the Justice Department agreed to pay $4.6 million to settle a lawsuit in which Dr. Hatfill claimed that law enforcement officials had improperly leaked information about him to news outlets in connection with the anthrax investigation."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/business/media/15hatfill.html
July 2008: 'The United States Department of Justice posted a team of observers to monitor the primary, and the Alabama secretary of state, Beth Chapman, a Republican, reported hearing from one of the federal observers that a candidate had “free rein” of a polling place, where campaigning is prohibited, passing out sample ballots and instructing voters how to vote.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/10/us/10fraud.html
July 2008: 'The Justice Department has tried for more than two years to kill the lawsuit, saying any surveillance of the charity or other entities was a “state secret” and citing the president’s constitutional power as commander in chief to order wiretaps without a warrant from a court under the agency’s program.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/washington/03fisa.html
July 2008: "WASHINGTON — In a highly unusual admission of error, the Justice Department acknowledged on Wednesday that government lawyers should have known that Congress had recently made the rape of a child a capital offense in the military and should have informed the Supreme Court of that fact while the justices were considering whether death was a constitutional punishment for the crime."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/us/03scotus.html
July 2008: "The Justice Department’s antitrust division has begun issuing civil subpoenas as it probes further into whether a planned Google-Yahoo partnership in search advertising is anticompetitive, a person close to a company that received a subpoena confirmed on Wednesday."http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/google-yahoo-partnership-justice-is-looking-closer/index.html
July 2008: "More than 900 cases alleging that government contractors and drugmakers have defrauded taxpayers out of billions of dollars are languishing in a backlog that has built up over the past decade because the Justice Department cannot keep pace with the surge in charges brought by whistle-blowers, according to lawyers involved in the disputes."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/01/AR2008070103071.html
June 2008: 'WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Friday that it would pay $4.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Steven J. Hatfill, a former Army biodefense researcher intensively investigated as a “person of interest” in the deadly anthrax letters of 2001.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/28/washington/28hatfill.html
June 2008: 'WASHINGTON -- Justice Department officials over the last six years illegally used “political or ideological” factors to hire new lawyers into an elite recruitment program, tapping law school graduates with conservative credentials over those with liberal-sounding resumes, a new report found Tuesday.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/washington/24cnd-justice.html
June 2008: "Such cases are a relative rarity this decade. In the last eight years, the Justice Department has brought roughly 15 obscenity cases that have not involved child pornography, compared with 75 during the Reagan and first Bush administrations, according to Jeffrey J. Douglas, chairman emeritus of the First Amendment Lawyers Association. (There have been hundreds involving child pornography.) Prosecutions at the state level have followed a similar arc."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/technology/24obscene.html
June 2008: "Since the disability law was signed by the first President Bush, advances in technology have made services more available to people with disabilities. But Justice Department officials said they were still receiving large numbers of complaints. In recent months, the federal government has settled lawsuits securing more seats for disabled fans at Madison Square Garden in New York and at the nation’s largest college football stadium, at the University of Michigan."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/16/washington/16disabled.html
June 2008: "The current law governing foreign lobbying, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, requires those representing a foreign government or foreign officials in the United States to inform the Department of Justice. The act does not cover meetings abroad with United States officials."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/12/washington/12agent.html
June 2008: "But the F.B.I. officials said agents were rebuffed and were told that senior Pentagon officials, including Donald H. Rumsfeld, then the defense secretary, with the backing of Justice Department legal opinions, had approved the treatment. Valerie E. Caproni, the F.B.I.’s general counsel, testified that when she asked to read classified legal opinions on torture in 2004, she was refused access and has still not seen them."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/11/washington/11detain.html
May 2008: "WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and the National Association of Realtors reached a major antitrust settlement Tuesday that government officials said should spur competition among brokers and ultimately bring down hefty sales commissions."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/business/28realty.html
May 2008: "WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee pressed its investigation of possible political influence in Justice Department prosecutions on Thursday by issuing a subpoena to Karl Rove, the former chief political operative at the Bush White House."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/23/washington/23rove.html
May 2008: "WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has appointed at least 30 former prosecutors and other government officials as well-paid corporate monitors in arrangements that allow companies to avoid criminal prosecution, according to government data released Thursday by Congress."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/23/washington/23justice.html
May 2008: "Reports that Guantanamo detainees were being subjected to extreme temperatures, religious abuses and nude interrogation were conveyed at White House meetings of senior officials in 2003, yet these questionable tactics remained in use, a lengthy report by the Justice Department's inspector general concluded."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/20/AR2008052001123.html
May 2008: "Agencies say administrative costs can run high. The Justice Department said its Office of Justice Programs, which provides grants to state and local law enforcement authorities, spent about $10 million to administer Congressionally directed financing in 2006. Congressional watchdog groups say Mr. Nelson hardly fits the bill as a reformer — he requested more than $16 million for projects in Nebraska last year alone, according to a database of Congressional earmarks — but his complaints have raised questions about what ultimately happens to the billions of dollars requested for pet projects each year and the lack of openness."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/washington/20earmark.html
May 2008: 'After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and after the Bush administration assumed a tough new stance on immigration in its campaign against terrorism, the Justice Department still sounded wary about drugging deportees. In March 2002, a Justice lawyer laid out two options. One choice, he wrote, was to "seek a court order . . . in every case where the alien's medication is not therapeutically justified." The other choice was to create a regulation to grant immigration officials explicit permission to sedate deportees, perhaps including safeguards that would give people a warning that they might be medicated -- and a chance to object.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/13/AR2008051303243.html
May 2008: 'Justice Department officials have said in the past that they had not used their terrorist surveillance powers to single out lawyers but that telephone “calls involving such persons would not be categorically excluded.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/07/us/07gitmo.html
May 2008: "The comparable figures in traditional U.S. criminal courts are less clear-cut, because the Justice Department has come under wide criticism for claiming terrorism-related convictions in cases that actually turn on immigration or other violations. But the Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law has identified Justice Department charges against 202 people in connection with terrorism offenses since Sept. 11, 2001, and finished trials for 116. Of those, 80 were convicted, the center said."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/05/AR2008050502315.html
April 2008: "The trend has led to increased speculation about how the Justice Department might use the agreements in investigations against financial companies in the mortgage lending scandal, which has become a top law enforcement priority for the department as the economy has withered."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/09/washington/09justice.html
April 2008: "The Justice Department sent a legal memorandum to the Pentagon in 2003 asserting that federal laws prohibiting assault, maiming and other crimes did not apply to military interrogators who questioned al-Qaeda captives because the president's ultimate authority as commander in chief overrode such statutes."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/01/AR2008040102213.html
September 2001: "The Justice Department has insisted that the proposals uphold constitutional rights while giving law enforcement the tools it needs to conduct its investigation. But critics say immigrants in particular face new dangers from the proposals that they say parallel the treatment of Japanese in this country during the 1940's."http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/24/national/24LEGA.html
March 2008: "The Justice Department on Monday imposed new restrictions on such monitoring agreements, requiring U.S. attorneys to obtain approval from Justice headquarters for such agreements and to form special committees to review potential applicants for the assignments."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/11/AR2008031101739.html
February 2008: '"In my own view, the view of my lawyers and the Department of Justice, it is not certain that that technique [waterboarding--Ed.] would be considered to be lawful under current statute," Hayden told the House intelligence committee.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/07/AR2008020701542.html
January 2008: 'Judy Orihuela, spokeswoman for the FBI's Miami office, insists the agency will investigate any group that intends to violate U.S. law and poses a violent threat. At the Department of Justice in Washington, Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the national security division, rejects the notion that federal law enforcement shows leniency toward exile militants. Boyd maintains the DOJ would never attempt to influence a local case for political reasons and is blind to community or political pressure. "We pursue charges based on the evidence, not on other considerations," he says.'http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/01/14/cuba/
November 2007: 'A little-noticed aspect of an appellate court decision could sharply limit investigations of members of Congress and hamper ongoing corruption probes....was handed down in August in the case of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), but its effects complicate other investigations...Justice Department lawyers said in their motion that the appellate ruling represents an "unprecedented expansion" of the "speech or debate" clause of the Constitution, which was intended to protect legislators from intimidation under civil or criminal law.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/20/AR2007112002009.html
November 2007: "Homeless sex offenders are not necessarily more dangerous than those with housing, says Laura Rogers, director of the Justice Department's office for tracking sex offenders."http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-11-18-homeless-offenders_N.htm
November 2007: 'In a fact sheet released Thursday, the Justice Department said its Civil Rights Division "has set records and achieved notable successes in prosecuting defendants for civil rights violations."'http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/11/16/justice.rally/index.html
November 2007: The administration and other supporters of immunity [for telecommunications companies--Ed.] say the companies should get it because they were acting under what they believed to be lawful orders from the government. The administration also argues that if the lawsuits, coordinated by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy group know as EEF, are allowed to proceed, they could reveal national security secrets, and so the Justice Department has sought to block them by using the “state secrets privilege.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/07/us/07nsa.html
November 2007: Questionable practices by loan servicers appear to be enough of a problem that the Office of the United States Trustee, a division of the Justice Department that monitors the bankruptcy system, is getting involved. Last month, It announced plans to move against mortgage servicing companies that file false or inaccurate claims, assess unreasonable fees or fail to account properly for loan payments after a bankruptcy has been discharged.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/06/business/06mortgage.html
October 2007: In still-secret legal opinions in 2005, the Justice Department ruled that even the toughest C.I.A. techniques, including waterboarding, were legal.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/31/washington/31mukasey.html
October 2007: Law enforcement authorities, including the Justice Department, are expressing concern over a recent spate of noose sightings in the aftermath of events in Jena, the small Louisiana town that has been engulfed by racial strife and was the scene of a recent civil rights demonstration.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/19/AR2007101902543.html
October 2007: That's the legal position staked out by Justice Department lawyers who are urging a federal judge in Charleston, S.C., to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of Jose Padilla against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and nine other current or former US officials. Mr. Padilla was held in military custody from 2002 to 2006 as a suspected Al Qaeda operative and enemy combatant.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1019/p01s11-usju.html
October 2007: But recent research has kept the argument alive. A 2005 study by the Justice Department found that while Hispanic, black and white drivers were stopped by the police about as often, Hispanic drivers or their vehicles were searched 11.4 percent of the time and blacks 10.2 percent of the time, compared with 3.5 percent for white drivers. Data collected from state courts by the Justice Department also shows that a higher percentage of black felons than white felons receive prison sentences for nearly all offenses, and also that blacks receive longer maximum sentences for most offenses.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/07/weekinreview/07glater.html
October 2007: The Justice Department has filed serious criminal charges against Grace and seven of its top executives for concealing the dangers of the ore it mined and sold. After two years of postponements, the trial may begin early next year.http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/health/334357_asbestos05.html
October 2007: But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/washington/04interrogate.html
September 2007: Masri's lawyers claim that the CIA kidnapped and tortured an innocent man. The government has never responded directly to the accusation. Instead, Justice Department lawyers asked a US judge to throw the case out of court to prevent disclosure of state secrets. He did.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0919/p01s08-usju.html
September 2007: Indeed, the Justice Department issued a statement expressing its concerns with the European decision, saying that tough restraints on powerful companies can be harmful. Thomas O. Barnett, assistant attorney general for the department’s antitrust division, said that the effect “rather than helping consumers, may have the unfortunate consequence of harming consumers by chilling innovation and discouraging competition.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/technology/18soft.html
September 2007: The Justice Department has filed a request to overturn that decision, issued by a federal appeals court panel on July 20. The decision was an important victory for detainees’ lawyers, who said it could pierce layers of secrecy shielding what the government knows about many of the 340 men held at the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/12/washington/12gitmo.html
September 2007: This has some major implications for content companies: Antitrust authorities at the U.S. Justice Department have warned FCC against imposing net neutrality regulations, saying that would deter broadband ISPs from “upgrading and expanding their networks to reach more Americans.”http://www.forbes.com/technology/2007/09/06/netneutrality-doj-antitrust-tech-cx_pco_0906paidcontent.html
August 2007: New York - First came the Federal Bureau of Investigation's decision in the spring to implement stringent new guidelines to prevent agents from abusing their authority to issue national security letters, which can be used to gather information about Americans without their knowledge. Then in Congress, lawmakers voiced concern that the wiretapping authority they granted the Justice Department this summer may be too broad and needs to be revisited.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0828/p02s01-usju.html
August 2007: In 2002, the Justice Department produced a 'torture' memo stating that victims would have to experience pain equivalent to organ failure to prove torture.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0813/p01s03-usju.html
July 2007: Let's say you happen upon an obscene Web site and want to report it to the feds. You go to the Justice Department Web site to pass along the details, under a section titled 'What Citizens Can Do About Obscenity.' But instead of letting you tip off the authorities, the site directs you elsewhere -- to the privately run ObscenityCrimes.org, which offers an online form to fill out.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/13/AR2007071301728.html
July 2007: An independent oversight board created to identify intelligence abuses after the CIA scandals of the 1970s did not send any reports to the attorney general of legal violations during the first 5 1/2 years of the Bush administration's counterterrorism effort, the Justice Department has told Congress.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/14/AR2007071400862.html
July 2007: Citing “extraordinary misconduct by the Department of Justice,” the chief judge of the Federal District Court in Boston has filed an unusual disciplinary complaint against a federal prosecutor there, according to two letters from the judge dated Friday and placed in the court file yesterday.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/03/washington/03justice.html
June 2007: WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opted out of at least 10 whistle-blower lawsuits alleging fraud and corruption in government reconstruction and security contracts in Iraq, and has spent years investigating additional fraud cases but has yet to try to recover any money.http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/06/20/1997/
June 2007: Paralleling concerns of many conservative groups, the Justice Department has successfully argued in a number of cases that government agencies, employers or private organizations have improperly suppressed religious expression in situations that the Constitution’s drafters did not mean to restrict.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/14/washington/14discrim.html
June 2007: That's because Schlozman, who was a senior political official in the division from 2003 to 2006, including five months as its acting assistant attorney general, has emerged as the latest lightning rod for allegations that the Justice Department has become politicized during the Bush administration.http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1180688733893
June 2007: “International law,” the Justice Department asserted in a court filing in the case last week, “does not prohibit an individual under 18 from being prosecuted for war crimes.” Even so, prosecutors said that if they won a conviction, they would seek something less than a life term, given Mr. Khadr’s age. He is 20 now.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/us/03gitmo.html
April 2007: While he was investigating, in the fall of 2005, Mr. Biskupic informed the media. Justice Department guidelines say federal prosecutors can publicly discuss investigations before an indictment only under extraordinary circumstances. This case hardly met that test.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/opinion/16mon4.html?ex=1334376000&en=4f44b10e368e999d&ei=5124
May 2007: At an executive session Wednesday during the Justice Department's annual U.S. attorneys conference, Gonzales met with most of the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys to apologize for the controversy over the firings of nine prosecutors last year and to attempt to shore up sagging morale.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/18/AR2007051801969.html
May 2007: Last week, the Justice Department quietly filed a motion with the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that it would cap the number of visits by civilian defense lawyers to their clients at Guantanamo at three. Ever. Attorney-client mail would no longer be private. These requests are grounded in the brazen claim that civilian attorneys foment unrest at the prison. Perhaps if the detainees were to be completely isolated and ignored, they would realize how happy they are.http://www.slate.com/id/2165348/
May 2007: The action by the high court comes as the Justice Department is seeking the dismissal under the MCA of hundreds of pending habeas corpus appeals filed by lawyers on behalf of Guantánamo detainees. As part of that effort, the Justice Department is trying to limit the ability of the lawyers to have continuing contact with Guantánamo detainees. Lawyers for the detainees are countering with a flurry of creative legal maneuvers designed to entice the Supreme Court into the battle. So far, the court has declined repeated invitations.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0501/p02s01-usju.html
April 2007: WASHINGTON, April 11 — Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/washington/12fraud.html
April 2007: But the Arizona case has reached all the way from the Navajo reservation to the halls of Congress, part of a still-stewing dispute within the Justice Department over a critical law enforcement question: Should interviews with criminal suspects be tape-recorded?http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/02/washington/02taping.html
April 2007: 'Although it may be tempting to open our courts to right every wrong all over the world, the function has not been assigned to the federal courts,' stated a Justice Department brief filed in 2003.http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-01-foreign-lawsuits_N.htm
March 2007: The Justice Department is trying to ramp up prosecutions. In January, it created a new human trafficking prosecution unit. Last year it obtained 98 convictions.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0322/p13s01-usju.html
March 2007: A little-noticed provision in the recently passed Violence Against Women Act may soon trigger the largest sweep of DNA information in this country. The Justice Dept. plans to collect DNA from anyone arrested or detained by federal agents. This will, by definition, include all illegal immigrants.http://www.businessweek.com/print/technology/content/mar2007/tc20070305_747605.htm
February 2007: The Justice Department announced yesterday that it is partnering with civil rights groups to pursue the killers of scores of black men and women slain by white vigilantes in the South decades ago.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/27/AR2007022701597.html
February 2007: The Justice Department removed a prosecutor in Arkansas without cause in order to make room for a former aide to presidential adviser Karl Rove aide, a senior Justice official conceded in testimony today.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/06/AR2007020600732.html
December 2006: The Justice Department is building a massive database that allows state and local police officers around the country to search millions of case files from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal law enforcement agencies, according to Justice officials.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/25/AR2006122500483.html
September 2006: A group of former top Justice Department officials have asked the United States attorney general to curtail the tactics of federal prosecutors that encourage companies and people to disclose legal communications to avoid indictment.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/07/business/07legal.html
June 2006: A Justice Department policy that warns companies against paying legal bills for employees under investigation violated the workers' constitutional rights, a federal judge ruled, as he blasted the government for letting 'its zeal get in the way of its judgment.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/27/AR2006062701537.html
January 2006: Bush's use of signing statements thus potentially brings him into conflict with his own Justice Department. The Justice Department is responsible for defending the constitutionality of laws enacted by Congress. What is going to happen when the question at issue is the constitutionality of a provision the President has declared unconstitutional in a signing statement?http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20060113.html
December 2005: The Justice Department has barred staff attorneys from offering recommendations in major Voting Rights Act cases, marking a significant change in the procedures meant to insulate such decisions from politics, congressional aides and current and former employees familiar with the issue said.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/09/AR2005120901894.html
December 2005: Justice Department lawyers concluded that the landmark Texas congressional redistricting plan spearheaded by Rep. Tom DeLay (R) violated the Voting Rights Act, according to a previously undisclosed memo obtained by The Washington Post. But senior officials overruled them and approved the plan.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/01/AR2005120101927.html
November 2005: House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative agreement yesterday on revisions to the USA Patriot Act that would limit some of the government's powers while requiring the Justice Department to provide a better accounting of its secret requests for information on ordinary citizens.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/16/AR2005111601047.html
November 2005: A team of Justice Department lawyers and analysts who reviewed a Georgia voter-identification law recommended rejecting it because it was likely to discriminate against black voters, but they were overruled the next day by higher-ranking officials at Justice, according to department documents.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/16/AR2005111602504.html
June 2005: A top Justice Department official threatened to remove a government expert from its witness list if he did not water down his recommended penalties for the tobacco industry, the witness said in an interview yesterday.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/19/AR2005061900691.html
June 2005: An analysis of the Justice Department's own list of terrorism prosecutions by The Washington Post shows that 39 people -- not 200, as officials have implied -- were convicted of crimes related to terrorism or national security.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/11/AR2005061100381.html
February 2005: And it's more than easy to blame the Justice Department, which sees Rasul, and the other seminal war-on-terror case, Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, through the sophisticated legal prism known as the Toddler Worldview: Anything one doesn't wish to accept simply isn't true. Lyle Denniston explained this trial tactic last December. It consists of insisting, over and over in every filing and argument, that Rasul and Hamdi constituted sweeping victories for the government's inviolate pre-Rasul and pre-Hamdi positions. The government still reads these cases to mean that the administration has unfettered authority to label and detain enemy combatants, to warehouse them indefinitely, and to offer them the most glancing brushes with military-style "due process." Judge Green specifically objected to the use of classified evidence and the lack of meaningful counsel at the status review tribunals, and she paints a truly chilling picture of the Kafka-esque "hearing" of Mustafa Ait Idr—who kept begging his judges to simply tell him the name of the al-Qaida member he was alleged to have conspired with.http://slate.msn.com/id/2113003
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Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 07, 2013 The Slow Death of the American Author
QUOTE: The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers....Many people would say such changes are simply in the nature of markets, and see no problem if authors are left to write purely for the love of the game. But what sort of society would that be?
New York Times Feb 04, 2013 Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans
QUOTE: A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those aimed at American citizens
NBC News Feb 04, 2013 U.S. Accuses S. & P. of Fraud in Suit on Loan Bundles
QUOTE: The Justice Department filed civil fraud charges late on Monday against the nation's largest credit-ratings agency, Standard & Poor's, accusing the firm of inflating the ratings of mortgage investments and setting them up for a crash when the financial crisis struck....From September 2004 through October 2007, S.&P. "knowingly and with the intent to defraud, devised, participated in, and executed a scheme to defraud investors" in certain mortgage-related securities, according to the suit filed against the agency and its parent company, McGraw-Hill Companies. S.&P. also falsely represented that its ratings "were objective, independent, uninfluenced by any conflicts of interest," the suit said.
New York Times Nov 15, 2012 Wal-Mart Inquiry Reflects Alarm on Corruption
QUOTE: Wal-Mart on Thursday reported that its investigation into violations of a federal antibribery law had extended beyond Mexico to China, India and Brazil, some of the retailer’s most important international markets. The disclosure, made in a regulatory filing, suggests Wal-Mart has uncovered evidence into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...
New York Times Nov 11, 2012 Officials Say F.B.I. Knew of Petraeus Affair in the Summer
QUOTE: The new accounts of the events that led to Mr. Petraeus’s sudden resignation on Friday shed light on the competing pressures facing F.B.I. agents who recognized the high stakes of any investigation involving the C.I.A. director but who were wary of exposing a private affair with no criminal or security implications.
New York Times Oct 18, 2012 A Second Appeals Court Calls Marriage Law Unfair to Gays
QUOTE: A federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled on Thursday that the federal statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unlawfully discriminates against same-sex married couples by denying them equal federal benefits. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is the second federal appeals court to reject a central portion of the federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act...
New York Times Aug 14, 2012 A Giant Hospital Chain Is Blazing a Profit Trail
QUOTE: HCA’s emergence as a powerful leader in the hospital industry is all the more remarkable because only a decade ago the company was badly shaken by a wide-ranging Medicare fraud investigation that it eventually settled for more than $1.7 billion. Among the secrets to HCA’s success: It figured out how to get more revenue from private insurance companies, patients and Medicare by billing much more aggressively for its services than ever before; it found ways to reduce emergency room overcrowding and expenses; and it experimented with new ways to reduce the cost of its medical staff, a move that sometimes led to conflicts with doctors and nurses over concerns about patient care.
New York Times Jul 24, 2012 First they came for Wikileaks, then the New York Times
QUOTE: There are signs that the U.S. government wants to target mainstream journalists and media outlets for the same kind of investigation that WikiLeaks has been subjected to for publishing classified information, which makes it even more important to defend WikiLeaks’ status as a media entity.
GigaOM Jul 19, 2012 It's legal: cops seize cell phone, impersonate owner: Court says sending texts using a seized iPhone doesn't violate privacy rights.
QUOTE: Mobile phones exist in a constitutional grey area. The law has well-developed doctrines protecting the privacy of our desktop computers, landline telephones, and filing cabinets. But modern cell phones perform all of these functions, and more. If the police are free to rummage through any cell phone that falls into their hands, every arrest would automatically give the police access to a treasure trove of private data that they would otherwise need a warrant, based on probable cause, to obtain.
Ars Technica Jul 13, 2012 That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker.
QUOTE: Thanks to the explosion of GPS technology and smartphone apps, these devices are also taking note of what we buy, where and when we buy it, how much money we have in the bank, whom we text and e-mail, what Web sites we visit, how and where we travel, what time we go to sleep and wake up — and more. Much of that data is shared with companies that use it to offer us services they think we want.
New York Times Jun 20, 2012 U.S. Push on Illegal Bias Against Hiring Those With Criminal Records
QUOTE: In April, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission signaled that it would begin to crack down on employers who use the criminal histories of job applicants to discriminate against them illegally....many small businesses had no idea there was anything wrong with practices like a blanket ban on hiring anybody with a criminal record.
New York Times May 11, 2012 Should Congress Move To Ban Employers From Demanding Employees’ Facebook Passwords? Is it a big enough invasion of privacy to warrant government intervention?
QUOTE: If your future employer or current boss asks you for your Facebook password, it might soon be against the law. That’s because there is new national legislation against the practice of employers demanding access to employees’ personal accounts....“People have an expectation of privacy when using social media like Facebook and Twitter,” said Representative Perlmutter.
WebProNews Apr 26, 2012 Not just Wal-Mart: Dozens of U.S. companies face bribery charges
QUOTE: Deere, Disney, Hewlett-Packard, Qualcom and many others are also under investigation for violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 17, 2012 DOJ review of flawed FBI forensics processes lacked transparency
QUOTE: Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louis J. Freeh decided to launch a task force to dig through thousands of cases involving discredited agents, to ensure that “no defendant’s right to a fair trial was jeopardized,”...The task force took nine years to complete its work and never publicly released its findings. Not the results of its case reviews of suspect lab work. Not the names of the defendants who were convicted as a result. And not the nature or scope of the forensic problems it found. Those decisions more than a decade ago remain relevant today for hundreds of people still in the U.S. court system, because officials never notified many defendants of the forensic flaws in their cases and never expanded their review to catch similar mistakes.
Washington Post Mar 28, 2012 The reason I'm helping Chris Hedges' lawsuit against the NDAA: By placing journalists in jeopardy for reporting on 'terrorists', the Homeland Battlefield Bill has had a chilling effect on media work
QUOTE: I believe part of my job involves meeting with, discussing ideas with, and publishing stories about persons and groups who have, or are under threat of being, labeled a terrorist or terrorist group. My understanding of the [NDAA] bill, however, has forced me to decline to meet with certain newsworthy individuals, and groups of people, for fear that my communications with them and publishing articles on these individuals could be considered to be providing material support to a terrorist or terrorist organization.
Guardian Unlimited Mar 11, 2012 How Cheap Should Books Be?
QUOTE: A looming lawsuit could solidify Amazon's dominance in the book business. That might be good for readers' wallets, but it also might be bad for readers in the long term. Here 's why.
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) Feb 08, 2012 States Negotiate $26 Billion Deal for Homeowners
QUOTE: After months of painstaking talks, government authorities and five of the nation’s biggest banks have agreed to a $26 billion settlement that could provide relief to nearly two million current and former American homeowners harmed by the bursting of the housing bubble, state and federal officials said. It is part of a broad national settlement aimed at halting the housing market’s downward slide and holding the banks accountable for foreclosure abuses.
New York Times Jan 24, 2012 In Address, Obama Makes Pitch for Economic Fairness
QUOTE: President Obama pledged on Tuesday night to use government power to balance the scale between America’s rich and the rest of the public, trying to present an election-year choice between continued leadership toward an economy “built to last” and what he called irresponsible policies of the past that caused an economic collapse.
New York Times Jan 23, 2012 MegaUpload: The content cartel strikes back
QUOTE: Like SOPA and PIPA, the bust comes with its own collateral damage. Along with those pirated movies and music, the feds took down noninfringing data from thousands of legit MegaUpload users, who are howling in protest and demanding -- futilely, so far -- the return of their stuff.
InfoWorld Dec 23, 2011 Justice Dept. Cites Race in Halting Law Over Voter ID
QUOTE: The Justice Department on Friday blocked a new South Carolina law that would require voters to present photo identification, saying the law would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible minority voters....an aggressive stance in reviewing a wave of new state voting restrictions, largely enacted by Republicans in the name of fighting fraud.
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