Department of Justice Snatching Data From Citizens’ Cell Phones Using Planes and “Dirtboxes”

By: Friday November 14, 2014 7:01 am

Here we go again. The Department of Justice has been using a legally questionable program to target criminal suspect’s cell phone data. The program involves flying small Cessna planes equipped with a device known as a “dirtbox” which mimics cell towers in order to trick cellphones into giving out their registration information. Like the now notorious NSA programs exposed by Edward Snowden, the dirtbox program scoops up large amounts of data from entirely innocent people in order to look for those suspected of wrongdoing.

 

The Culture of Non-Accountability, Ferguson Edition

By: Saturday September 27, 2014 9:37 am

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the continuing actions of Ferguson and St. Louis County officials are providing a textbook case study in avoiding accountability. There are lots of steps along the way, but at the end, the big lesson is that the protection granted by a culture of non-accountability is only for those in power.

DOJ and Treasury Schooled by College Athletes

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 9:00 am

First it was former Northwestern University quarterback Kain Coulter and his football teammates taking a chunk out of the NCAA, and yesterday it was former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and 19 other former college players. They did what few thought possible in going after a Too Big to Challenge institution, and won.

You know, the president is a sports-loving guy. Imagine what would happen if he called the attention of the DOJ and Treasury to these college athletes: “This is how you go after Too Big To Challenge institutions.” . . .

FDL Exclusive: DOJ Says Smarter Sentencing Act Would Save Taxpayers $24 Billion

By: Friday July 25, 2014 8:49 am

The Department of Justice has responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from FDL News for documents estimating the costs that the federal government will not have to incur if the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014 is passed.

DOJ Citigroup Settlement Lacks Disclosure Of Victims And Criminal Conduct

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 10:55 am

On Monday the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder announced a meager $7 billion settlement with Citigroup for causing the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression by fraudulently selling mortgage securities that wrecked the financial markets. AG Holder celebrated the settlement and claimed “This historic penalty is appropriate given the strength of the evidence of the wrongdoing committed by Citi.”

But, according to The Litigation Daily, the details of that “wrongdoing” are nowhere to be found in the settlement documents, raising questions as to whether DOJ gave Citigroup a special deal regarding disclosure. Was part of this “historic penalty” an exemption from having to admit the crimes committed and the victims harmed?

Eric Holder’s Legacy To Be Failing To Hold Wall Street Accountable

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 2:25 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder, appointed in the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency, is beginning to have his legacy evaluated and it is not looking good. A creature of Wall Street who helped represent some of the culprits of the mortgage crisis in private practice, Holder never made an honest or substantive efforts to go after his former clients who helped crash the economy in 2008.

Department of Justice Tries to Split the Baby on Making “Drugs Minus Two” Retroactive

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 8:17 am

Sounds reasonable. Until you consider that the DoJ is supporting the bill’s application to all offenders henceforth by supporting the “Drugs Minus Two” amendment in the first place. Even for those who would benefit from retroactivity, none would be automatically released from jail — all applications be reviewed, and one would assume that people deemed too violent to be released would be turned down.

New Report: NCIS Hid Medical Evidence About Guantanamo Suicides

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 8:55 am

The Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at Guantanamo who attended at least two of three high-profile “suicides” at Guantanamo nearly eight years ago concluded at the time that, contrary to the conclusions of a later government investigation, the detainees did not die by hanging but by “likely asphyxiation” from “obstruction” of the airway. Moreover this SMO found a prisoner he examined and pronounced dead had “cotton clothing material in [his] mouth and upper pharynx.”

Hachette Says Amazon Delaying Book Shipments to Monopolistically Squeeze Profits

By: Friday May 9, 2014 10:46 am

Amazon controls roughly one third of the book market in the United States, giving it considerable muscle to extract favorable sales and payment terms. And according to Hachette Books, one of the largest New York publishing groups, Amazon is monopolistically delaying shipment of hard cover books 2-4 weeks by authors like Stephen Colbert and Malcolm Gladwell in order to do just that.

Going After Big Banks ‘Never A Real Priority’ At Department Of Justice

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 7:00 am

A new report from Pro Publica claims that part of the reason none of the major Wall Street banks were prosecuted for their role in causing the 2008 financial crisis was a disinterest in taking on cases by the US Department of Justice. The disinterest reportedly led to prosecutors not pursuing winnable cases and coincided with other concerns such as the possibility of losing a case.

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