A close-up of the head of "Charging Bull," the famous Wall Street-area sculpture. (Wikimedia Commons / Ingfbruno)
10 Sep 2015

DOJ Claims Corporate Executives Will No Longer Be Above Law

After years of being mocked and ridiculed for failing to prosecute even one of the major Wall Street criminals that brought the global economy to its knees in 2008, the Justice Department now claims it will finally start enforcing the law on cases that involve criminal wrongdoing by corporate executives.

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File: An FBI agent uses a laptop inside a vehicle. (FBI)
04 Sep 2015

Justice Department’s New Stingray Surveillance Policy Has Major Loophole

On September 3, the Justice Department announced a new policy which will require the FBI, Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to get a warrant when using Stingray surveillance in domestic crime investigations. But the new policy contains a potentially major “exceptional circumstances” loophole that is undefined and could fuel further abuses of privacy.

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Lighted signs read "SANDRA" in front of an image of Sandra Bland's face at a Light Brigade direct action on January 1, 2014. (Flickr / Light Brigading)
28 Aug 2015

Activists Demand Sandra Bland Investigation With 750,000 Petition Signatures

On August 26, activists delivered 260,000 signatures to the Justice Department, demanding a federal investigation of Sandra Bland’s suspicious death in a Texas jail. Although officials ruled her death a suicide, many suspect she was murdered and, regardless of her official cause of death, her needless arrest during a traffic stop directly led to her demise.

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File: A keychain with several keys and metal charms attached. Heavy key chains could cause a defect in some General Motors' vehicles to shut off the engine, causing over 100 deaths according to the latest figures. (Morguefile)
25 Aug 2015

More Deaths Linked To General Motors’ Ignition Switches

A study by a consultant hired by GM has led to a nearly ten fold increase in the number of deaths linked to the faulty switches. The new estimate, released on August 21 by a consulting group led by famed attorney Kenneth Feinberg, puts the number of deaths from the defected ignition switches at 124. Previously, GM said it only knew of 13 deaths.

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Photo licensed under Creative Commons by Ryan J. Reilly
17 Aug 2015

Justice Department: Appeals Court Wrong to Revive Lawsuit Brought by Immigrants Abused After 9/11

The Justice Department has requested a federal appeals court revisit and reverse its decision to revive a lawsuit against former Justice Department officials, who allegedly violated the rights of Arab or Muslim immigrants when they were detained in the immediate months after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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File: A calculator and pen sit atop a print out of banking transactions. (Flickr / SeniorLiving.org)
11 Aug 2015

White Collar Crime Prosecutions At 20 Year Low

According to a study at the University of Syracuse using data from the Justice Department, federal prosecutions of white collar criminals are at a twenty year low. The decline began in the Clinton Administration and has continued to drop ever downward.

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Protesters hold signs accusing Obama of being the "Deporter-In-Chief" and demanding "Not 1 More Deportation" at a rally on January 8, 2009. Yesterday, the Obama administration went to court to defend the practice of incarcerating  undocumented families. (Flickr / ndlon)
07 Aug 2015

Obama Administration Shamefully Attempts to Scuttle Court Order Against Immigrant Family Detention

On Thursday, President Barack Obama’s administration requested that a federal court reverse a July 24 order which prohibited the detention of mothers and children who fled violence in countries in Central America. This represents a slimy attempt to push Judge Dolly M. Gee into scuttling an order, which sought to hold the Obama administration accountable for corruption and misconduct that has been ongoing as a result of immigration policies. But the administration does not stop there.

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File: The Islamic Society of Boston, a mosque and Muslim cultural center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, photographed on a snowy day on March 28, 2015. Advocates for civil liberties are concerned a DHS pilot program designed to combat extremism could instead foster dissent and infringe on free speech. (Flickr / Lorianne DiSabato)
05 Aug 2015

DOJ, DHS Pilot Program Encourages Boston Muslims To Spy On Each Other

Boston is also one of three cities, selected in February, for the launch of a pilot program with the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the National Counterterrorism Center to “counter violent extremism.” But local advocates for civil rights worry the program is really infringing on Muslims’ rights.

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J. Edgar Hoover Building / Wikimedia Commons
16 May 2015

Preemptive Prosecution: Iraqi American Arrested by FBI for Allegedly Lying About ‘Pledging Allegiance’ to ISIS Leader

An Iraqi-born US citizen in Mesquite, Texas, was arrested by the FBI for allegedly lying to agents about whether he had pledged allegiance to the “self-proclaimed” leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. A federal judge ruled a day later that he is a “danger to the community” and

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12 May 2015

In First Interview, CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Says Congressional Staffer Urged Him to Flee

In his first interview since he was charged with leaking details of a botched CIA operation to New York Times reporter James Risen, CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling says that he had a meeting with a staffer for Congressman William Lacy Clay and was urged to flee the United States. Sterling,

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