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Sen. Carl M. Levin Esq.

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January 2008: "....Carl Levin was born in 1934 in Detroit, where he graduated from Central High School. In 1956, he graduated with honors from Swarthmore College and graduated from Harvard University Law School in 1959. He practiced and taught law in Michigan until 1964 when he was appointed an assistant attorney general of Michigan and the first general counsel for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. He then helped establish the Detroit Public Defender's Office and led the Appellate Division of that office, which has become the State Appellate Defender's Office.

He won election to the Detroit City Council in 1969, becoming its president in 1973 by winning the most votes citywide. In 1978, he won an upset victory over the number two Republican in the U.S. Senate. He was reelected in 1984, 1990, 1996 and 2002."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2013: '“Discipline is the heart of the military culture, and trust is its soul,” said Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan and the chairman of the committee. “The plague of sexual assault erodes both the heart and the soul.”'

March 2013: '“You give this very glowing call,” said Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan, “instead of telling them what you knew” — that the portfolio “had been losing money and violating risk limits.”'

May 2011: "Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who heads the Armed Services Committee, went a step further, saying he would cut off $1.5 billion in annual nonmilitary aid unless Pakistan explained how Bin Laden could have gone undetected for years and how militant groups like the Haqqani network use Pakistan as a haven for attacks into Afghanistan."

April 2010: 'Carl M. Levin, the Michigan Democrat who heads the Senate panel, said in a statement: “A conveyor belt of high-risk securities, backed by toxic mortgages, got AAA ratings that turned out not to be worth the paper they were printed on.”'

December 2008: "The report was issued jointly by Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the Democratic chairman of the panel, and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the top Republican. It represents the most thorough review by Congress to date of the origins of the abuse of prisoners in American military custody, and it explicitly rejects the Bush administration’s contention that tough interrogation methods have helped keep the country and its troops safe."

July 2008: 'Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat whose staff ran the investigation, said in a statement on Wednesday, “Tax havens are engaged in economic warfare against the United States, and the honest, hardworking American taxpayer is losing.”'

May 2008: '"Some have suggested that the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody was simply the result of a few bad apples acting on their own," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) said in a statement. "The report released today by the Department of Justice Inspector General is proof that that is simply not true. The IG found that scores of FBI agents observed the use of harsh interrogation techniques in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay."'

April 2008: 'The study [on use of credit cards by federal employees--Ed], released by Senate lawmakers yesterday, found that nearly half the "purchase card" transactions it examined were improper....Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), who requested the study along with Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), said that money "intended to pay for critical infrastructure, education and homeland security is instead being spent on iPods, lingerie and socializing."'

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....The declassified memo was sent by the Defense and Justice departments late yesterday to Democrats on Capitol Hill, including Sens. Carl M. Levin (Mich.) and Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), who had seen the document in classified form and pushed for its release."

January 2008: 'Bush last month rejected a defense spending bill that would have left the current Iraqi government financially liable...."It is unfortunate that the administration failed to identify the concerns upon which this veto is based until after the bill had passed both houses of Congress and was sent to the president for signature," said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, chairman of the Armed Services Committee.'

October 2007: Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) have introduced bills asking that [alleged Kurdistan Workers' Party member Ibrahim--Ed.] Parlak be granted permanent residency.

September 2007: Two years ago, Democrats in Congress championed a proposal to establish a 9/11-type independent commission to investigate allegations of detainee interrogation abuses. The measure was sponsored by Senator Levin, who complained that the Republican-controlled Congress had failed to aggressively carry out its oversight responsibilities.

June 2007: Sens. Carl M. Levin and Debbie Stabenow, the two Democrats from Michigan, and Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) are leading the effort to craft an amendment that opponents say would water down measures already approved by the Senate Commerce Committee.

May 2007:

Sen. Carl M. Levin, a Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he found the report “very troubling” and intended to hold hearings on how the SERE training methods became the basis for interrogation. “They were put to a purpose that was never intended,” Mr. Levin said.

March 2007: • Many in the Democratic-controlled Congress would like to see even more done. Sen. Carl Levin (D) of Michigan began pushing legislation in February that would make it harder for individuals to escape taxes by setting up offshore accounts.

August 2006: “The universe of offshore tax cheating has become so large that no one, not even the United States government, could go after all of it,” said Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat whose staff ran the investigation.

November 2005: The compromise links legislation written by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), which would deny detainees broad access to federal courts, with a new measure authored by Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) that would grant detainees the right to appeal the verdict of a military tribunal to a federal appeals court. The deal will come to a vote today, and the authors say they are confident it will pass.


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Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization
Student/Trainee (past or present) Harvard University Organization Jan 27, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Michigan (State Government) Organization Jan 27, 2008
Student/Trainee (past or present) Swarthmore College Organization Jan 27, 2008
Member of (past or present) US Senate Organization
Family Member Rep. Sander M. Levin Person Aug 3, 2007

Articles and Resources

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Jun 04, 2013 Joint Chiefs’ Answers on Sex Crimes Dismay Senators

QUOTE: the Armed Services Committee questioned one military leader after another on Tuesday about what they were doing to address the problem of sexual assault in the military...Senators from both parties pressed the leaders, at times using strong language, about why, decades after the full integration of women into the military, the problem seems to have worsened.

New York Times
Mar 15, 2013 JPMorgan Executives Face Withering Questions at Senate Hearing

QUOTE: ...[Senator] Levin and a handful of colleagues questioned current and former executives about the bank’s risk management, oversight policies and pricing methods. The lawmakers took aim at JPMorgan for misleading investors and regulators about the disastrous bet, building off a scathing, 300-page Congressional report...

New York Times
Mar 14, 2012 Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs

QUOTE: the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money. Goldman Sachs is one of the world’s largest and most important investment banks and it is too integral to global finance to continue to act this way. The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for.

New York Times
May 14, 2011 As Rift Deepens, Kerry Has a Warning for Pakistan

QUOTE: The United States and Pakistan are veering toward a deeper clash, with Pakistan’s Parliament demanding a permanent halt to all drone strikes just as the most senior American official since the killing of Osama bin Laden is to arrive with a stern message that the country has only months to show it is committed to rooting out Al Qaeda and associated groups.

New York Times
Apr 23, 2010 Rating Agency Data Aided Wall Street in Mortgage Deals

QUOTE: One of the mysteries of the financial crisis is how mortgage investments that turned out to be so bad earned credit ratings that made them look so good. One answer is that Wall Street was given access to the formulas behind those magic ratings — and hired away some of the very people who had devised them.

New York Times
Jun 15, 2009 Neo-Nazis are in the Army now: Why the U.S. military is ignoring its own regulations and permitting white supremacists to join its ranks.

QUOTE: Since the launch of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. military has struggled to recruit and reenlist troops. As the conflicts have dragged on, the military has loosened regulations... The lax regulations have also opened the military's doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists and gang members — with drastic consequences.

Dec 12, 2008 Report Blames Rumsfeld for Detainee Abuses

QUOTE: leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said top Bush administration officials, including Donald H. Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary, bore major responsibility for the abuses committed by American troops in interrogations at Abu Ghraib in Iraq; Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; and other military detention centers.

New York Times
Jul 17, 2008 Senate Report Examines Role of Banks in Tax Evasion

QUOTE: The secrecy surrounding offshore bank accounts was pierced Wednesday by a Senate report that examined how UBS, the big Swiss bank, and LGT, which is run by the royal family of Liechtenstein, helped wealthy individuals evade American taxes. The 115-page report, prepared by Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, laid out how eight individuals used offshore accounts to dodge taxes.

New York Times
Jul 05, 2008 Accounting Plan Would Allow Use of Foreign Rules

QUOTE: But critics say the changes appear to be a last-ditch push by appointees of President Bush to dilute securities rules passed after the collapse of Enron and other large companies — measures that were meant to forestall accounting gimmicks and corrupt practices that led to those corporate failures. Legal experts, some regulators and Democratic lawmakers are concerned that the changes would put American investors at the mercy of overseas regulators who enforce weaker rules and may treat investment losses as a low priority.

New York Times
Jun 06, 2008 2 Leaders Ousted From Air Force in Atomic Errors

QUOTE: The Air Force secretary, Michael W. Wynne, and the service’s chief of staff, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, were forced to resign after the inquiry found that the latest in a series of incidents reflected “a pattern of poor performance” in securing sensitive military components, Mr. Gates said at a Pentagon briefing. So deep and serious are the problems, Mr. Gates said, that he has asked a former secretary of defense and of energy, James R. Schlesinger, to head “a senior-level task force” to recommend improvements in the safekeeping of nuclear weapons, delivery vehicles and other sensitive items.

New York Times
May 21, 2008 Audit Finds FBI Reports Of Abuse Were Ignored: Tactics Continued Against Detainees

QUOTE: 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.

Washington Post
Apr 09, 2008 Federal Credit Cards Misused: GAO Cites Charging Of Frivolous Items

QUOTE: Federal employees used government credit cards to pay for lingerie, gambling, iPods, Internet dating services, and a $13,000 steak-and-liquor dinner, according to a new audit from the Government Accountability Office, which found widespread abuses in a purchasing program meant to improve bureaucratic efficiency.

Washington Post
Apr 02, 2008 Memo: Laws Didn't Apply to Interrogators: Justice Dept. Official in 2003 Said President's Wartime Authority Trumped Many Statutes

QUOTE: "If a government defendant were to harm an enemy combatant during an interrogation in a manner that might arguably violate a criminal prohibition, he would be doing so in order to prevent further attacks on the United States by the al Qaeda terrorist network," [John C.] Yoo wrote. "In that case, we believe that he could argue that the executive branch's constitutional authority to protect the nation from attack justified his actions."

Washington Post
Jan 25, 2008 POWs alleging Iraqi torture ask White House to intervene

QUOTE: The [Bush] administration argues such lawsuits [seeking compensation from the Iraqi government] would siphon money needed for rebuilding Iraq, and open the country to massive liability from the misdeeds of the past...[but Persian Gulf war veterans who were tortured] said they wanted to send a message to other foreign leaders that mistreating prisoners of war is never acceptable under international law.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 24, 2007 Deportation Target Has High-Profile Defenders: DHS Says Man Joined Terrorist Group

QUOTE: In July 2004, Homeland Security moved to deport him and placed him in immigration detention, saying he did not mention his conviction in Turkey on his 1993 green-card application and 1998 naturalization application. The government also alleges that he was a member of the PKK, which the U.S. government designated a terrorist organization in 1997.

Washington Post
Sep 04, 2007 In Padilla interrogation, no checks or balances: Oversight of the executive branch regarding treatment of terror detainees remains inadequate, say legal analysts.

QUOTE: The difference between Mr. Mohammed's experience and Padilla's experience highlights a near total lack of independent oversight involving the secret military detention and interrogation of a US citizen on American soil.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 30, 2007 Some Immigration Bills Aim for Little Victories: Individual Remedies a Controversial Last Resort

QUOTE: For those whose requests have been denied by federal officials and rejected by immigration judges, Congress is the court of last resort. Touched by their stories and convinced of the need for occasional flexibility, lawmakers have introduced more than 500 private immigration bills since 1996.... Some immigrant advocates call it special treatment for people with common problems.

Washington Post
Jul 02, 2007 Florida election mayhem for 2008: How the home of hanging chads, Katherine Harris and butterfly ballots is shaking up the Democratic primary.

QUOTE: The biggest political event over the past three months in the Democratic presidential race .... came May 21 when Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist signed legislation moving the Sunshine State's presidential primary to next Jan. 29. ... Six weeks later, it is slowly becoming apparent that Florida destroyed the last vestiges of sanity in the 2008 presidential calendar by moving its primary.

Jun 21, 2007 The CIA's torture teachers: Psychologists helped the CIA exploit a secret military program to develop brutal interrogation tactics -- likely with the approval of the Bush White House.

QUOTE: There is growing evidence of high-level coordination between the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. military in developing abusive interrogation techniques used on terrorist suspects .... Two CIA-employed psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, were at the center of the program, which likely violated the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners.

Jun 14, 2007 Senators Try to Limit Fuel-Efficiency Rules

QUOTE: Allies of the U.S. auto industry stepped up a campaign yesterday to soften strict vehicle fuel-efficiency mandates in proposed energy legislation before the Senate, even as momentum for the tougher measures continued to build. Sens. Carl M. Levin and Debbie Stabenow, the two Democrats from Michigan, and Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) are leading the effort to craft an amendment that opponents say would water down measures already approved by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Washington Post

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