Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘Department of Justice’

I’m Suing DOJ For Copy of Senate Committee’s CIA Torture Report

I’m Suing DOJ For Copy of Senate Committee’s CIA Torture Report

Late Monday evening, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice to obtain a copy of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program. The panel spent four years “reviewing” the CIA torture program, which cost taxpayers more than $40 million. The substance of the […]

The Justice Department’s Assault On Northern Ireland’s Peace Process And The First Amendment

The Justice Department’s Assault On Northern Ireland’s Peace Process And The First Amendment

Oral histories of political movements give us glimpses of the participants who helped shape the world we know today. They often provide raw, personal first-hand accounts of peoples’ struggles. These projects also help to maintain historical truths that are often tainted by government revisionism and lost to cultural amnesia. Tacit confidentiality agreements between historians and […]

Department of Justice Accused of Undermining FOIA Ombudsman

Department of Justice Accused of Undermining FOIA Ombudsman

The Obama administration continues to disseminate a flawed narrative about President Obama’s commitment to open government. Just last week, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during a press briefing that President Obama has taken steps, “unprecedented in American presidential administration history,” to “enhance transparency.” But Carney’s rhetoric is not supported by the facts, as […]

Justice Department Refuses To Turn Over Guantanamo Detainee’s “Power-Of-Attorney” Form To His Lawyers

Justice Department Refuses To Turn Over Guantanamo Detainee’s “Power-Of-Attorney” Form To His Lawyers

This report was written by Jason Leopold and originally published at Truthout. Attorneys for Abu Zubaydah say they have been trying to mount a meaningful defense for the “high-value” detainee, who has been in the custody of the US government since March 2002, and have also sought legal remedies outside of the United States to […]

New Grand Jury Investigation On Torture, Or DOJ Smokescreen?

New Grand Jury Investigation On Torture, Or DOJ Smokescreen?

News certainly travels fast, sometimes. While it took the U.S. government two years to reply to a request by a Spanish judge regarding whether or not the U.S. has instigated any investigations or proceedings against six high-level Bush administration figures named in a complaint by the Association for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners (see PDF), […]

Revealed: Government Report On “U.S. Aid for Ex-Nazis”

Revealed: Government Report On “U.S. Aid for Ex-Nazis”

The New York Times has released a full unredacted version of the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) report, “Striving for Accountability in the Aftermath of the Holocaust.” According to NYT reporter Eric Lichtblau, “The Justice Department has resisted making the report public since 2006.” A “heavily redacted” version was released last month […]

Prosecuting a Tortured Child: Obama’s Guantanamo Legacy

Prosecuting a Tortured Child: Obama’s Guantanamo Legacy

Since coming to power 15 months ago, promising to close Guantánamo within a year, and suspending the much-criticized Military Commission trial system for terror suspects, President Obama’s zeal for repudiating the Bush administration’s “War on Terror” detention policies has ground to a halt. The rot set in almost immediately, when the new administration invoked the “state secrets doctrine” last February, to combat a lawsuit brought by several men subjected to “extraordinary rendition” and torture, and was sealed last May, when Obama delivered a major national security speech in which he announced that the Military Commissions were back on the table, and also announced his intention to continue holding some prisoners at Guantánamo without charge or trial.

No Justice Forever: America’s New Foreign Policy of Indefinite Detention

No Justice Forever: America’s New Foreign Policy of Indefinite Detention

As evidenced by the recent outpouring of generous support for the people of Haiti, America remains a caring and compassionate nation. But when it comes to human rights and the rule of law, the United States falls woefully short, trailing behind the rest of the civilized world. Case in point, the U.S. government is seriously considering indefinite detentions for some Guantanamo detainees.

Justice Department Will Look For A New Venue To Hold 9/11 Trial

Justice Department Will Look For A New Venue To Hold 9/11 Trial

The Obama administration has signaled that it wants the Justice Department to relocate the 9/11 terror trials, according to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The Senator’s spokesman, Josh Vlasto, said Schumer spoke “with high-level members of the administration and urged them to find alternatives.” The move comes a little more than a day after Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on the Justice Department to change the venue of the trial.

OPR’s Torture Report Still Under Review, But Will Be Out ‘Soon,’ DOJ Says

OPR’s Torture Report Still Under Review, But Will Be Out ‘Soon,’ DOJ Says

The Department of Justice is still working on the report prepared by an agency watchdog that probed several legal opinions John Yoo and two other former attorneys who worked at the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) wrote for the Bush White House on torture, an agency spokeswoman said Wednesday. “The [review] process is ongoing and we hope to have [the report] complete and released soon,” Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told Truthout.

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