Holder Rationalizes Obama’s War on Whistleblowers

By: Thursday February 19, 2015 1:00 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a luncheon speech on sentencing reform at the National Press Club on February 17. He then answered questions after his speech. One of the questions involved President Barack Obama and his administration’s unprecedented crackdown on leaks.

“The Obama administration has prosecuted eight alleged whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, more than all previous presidential administrations combined. What justifies this more aggressive posture toward leakers?” a person attending the speech asked.

Holder acknowledged that members of the press have been concerned “about these prosecutions.” He highlighted the “series of meetings at the Justice Department” that have taken place, where editors of major media organizations and various officials have discussed views about the cases brought against whistleblowers and how certain policies involving media might be changed.

 

US Government Grows Increasingly Frustrated with Judge Challenging State Secrets Claims in No Fly List Case

By: Thursday January 29, 2015 5:00 pm

In a case where a US citizen is alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List, Attorney General Eric Holder and the United States Justice Department claim a federal judge is not interpreting the state secrets privilege correctly. The judge denied a motion to dismiss in October of last year, and the judge has been reviewing documents relevant to the case to determine whether the government’s state secrets claims are valid.

No, Supporters of Whistleblowers & Openness in Government Should Not Defend David Petraeus

By: Wednesday January 14, 2015 5:00 pm

David Petraeus is not the next victim in President Barack Obama’s crackdown on leaks. He is not someone that should be defended like previous whistleblowers, who have been prosecuted aggressively and charged with violating the Espionage Act. People opposed to excessive secrecy by the United States government do not have an obligation to oppose prosecution [...]

Attorney General Eric Holder to Decide Whether to Charge David Petraeus with Violating Espionage Act

By: Saturday January 10, 2015 3:00 pm

Justice Department and FBI prosecutors have recommended felony charges against former CIA director David Petraeus for leaking classified information to his mistress for a biography she was writing about him. It is now up to Attorney General Eric Holder to decide whether Petraeus should be charged and prosecuted for committing a crime, such as violating [...]

In Leak Case, Court Authorizes Subpoena for Testimony from New York Times Reporter James Risen

By: Tuesday December 16, 2014 12:00 pm

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 [...]

Reporter James Risen Says US Government Has Made ‘No Offers’ Related to Testimony in Leak Case

By: 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 [...]

Eric Holder’s Pathetic Reason for Continuing to Shirk His Responsibility on Marijuana Rescheduling

By: 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.

Whistleblower Details JPMorgan Mortgage Market Crimes, Justice Department Covering Them Up

By: 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.

Government Has No ‘Agreement’ With Reporter James Risen, Still Plans to Subpoena for Testimony

By: 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.

In Leak Prosecution, Attorneys Demand to Know if Government Has “Agreement” with Reporter James Risen

By: 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.

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