A federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, has authorized a subpoena for New York Times reporter James Risen to force him to provide testimony in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. Prosecutors would be able to ask if he had a “prior non-confidential reporter-source relationship” with Risen. The former CIA officer is alleged to [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 16, 2014 12:00 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 15, 2014 11:00 am|
Despite comments from anonymous officials, the United States government has issued no formal offer to New York Times reporter James Risen to protect him from having to reveal any information about his confidential sources if he were to be subpoenaed and forced to testify in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, according to [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 17, 2014 1:47 pm|
Even though Attorney General Eric Holder has both the power and duty to reschedule any drug based on the latest science, he continues to to claim rescheduling marijuana should be left to Congress.
|By: DSWright Friday November 7, 2014 10:36 am|
With the return of Matt Taibbi to Rolling Stone Magazine comes an amazing story about how the depraved crimes of JPMorgan Chase were covered up by Attorney General Eric Holder despite there being a whistleblower willing to testify. The whistleblower is Alayne Fleischmann, a former lawyer who worked for JPMorgan Chase overseeing mortgage securities. Fleischmann has been talking to federal regulators for years in hopes of seeing justice done for JPM’s role in causing the 2008 financial crisis by selling fraudulent mortgage securities.
Fleischmann details how those in charge of due diligence at the Too Big To Fail bank were slowly beaten down and ignored by senior managers after being told the financial products JPMorgan were selling were fraudulent. That executives at JPM knew, for a fact, that they were committing securities fraud in the mortgage market whose meltdown would lead to millions losing their homes and hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars going to bail out Wall Street.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 3, 2014 3:50 pm|
The United States government has indicated that the Justice Department does not currently have an agreement with New York Times reporter James Risen for testimony in a leak prosecution against his alleged source, Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with multiple violations of the Espionage Act.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 30, 2014 5:30 pm|
Attorneys for former CIA officer and whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling are demanding evidence of any “understandings” or “agreements” between the United States and James Risen, a New York Times reporter, for testimony in the case.
The demand comes after Attorney General Eric Holder made comments yesterday at the Washington Ideas Forum about whistleblowers and whether the administration would be willing to put a reporter in jail if they refused to comply with a subpoena and provide compelled testimony.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 30, 2014 9:46 am|
Brace yourself for an epic shock – Wall Street is breaking the law again.
After a couple of years of questionable compliance with legal settlements the banksters are now straight up violating the terms of the deals prosecutors and regulators struck as an alternative to criminal charges. Apparently, as has been argued by everyone not dim or bought, settlements do not work to stop criminal behavior. Something prosecutors seem genuinely surprised by as they are having to reopen old settlements because the banks are back to their old tricks.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 29, 2014 6:56 am|
Sharyl Attkisson, a former reporter with CBS News, claims in a new book that the US government hacked into her computer as well as her phone lines. Attkisson was one of the reporters responsible for the infamous Benghazi story that became the subject of numerous congressional hearings concerning how an American diplomat was killed in Libya at the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 23, 2014 4:25 pm|
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is considering an array of new procedures that may modestly improve protections for whistleblowers, however, the Justice Department rejected a number of key reforms that “whistleblower advocates” have urged the agency to adopt.
Under a presidential policy directive President Barack Obama issued in October 2012, which applied to whistleblowers with “access to classified information,” Attorney General Eric Holder was required to deliver a report within 180 days that assessed the “efficacy” of the FBI’s regulations. But it was not until June 2, 2014, that Holder delivered this report that was long overdue.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 21, 2014 5:35 pm|
Attorney General Eric Holder is sounding relatively happy with how marijuana legalization laws are going in Colorado and Washington State.
When asked on CNN about the experiment with legalization taking place in those two states Holder responded, “I would say I’m cautiously optimistic.” Holder did reiterate that if the Department of Justice isn’t satisfied that the industry is being strictly regulated, DoJ will move to sue the states and shut things down.
While these positive words are good news for the reform movement, they come as Holder is preparing to step down.