Yesterday the Justice Department announced a $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan over the megabank’s fraud in the mortgage backed security market that helped trigger a financial meltdown in 2008. The deal was completed after JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon summoned Attorney General Holder to a private meeting to avoid a press conference, the terms discussed at that meeting would later be finalized into the current settlement agreement.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 20, 2013 11:58 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 14, 2013 8:00 am|
An activist, who pled guilty to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) while hacking into the private intelligence firm, Stratfor, in May, will be sentenced in a federal court in New York tomorrow.
Jeremy Hammond worked with Anonymous to hack into Stratfor and release information from the firm. The material was eventually by published by WikiLeaks.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 13, 2013 9:25 am|
United States District Judge Jed Rakoff has given a scathing rebuke to US Attorney General Eric Holder’s Too Big To Jail rationale for not prosecuting crimes committed by Wall Street banks and executives. Judge Rakoff, in a speech before the New York Bar Association, labeled Holder’s view on Wall Street and rich Wall Street executives as “disturbing.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 8, 2013 4:00 pm|
Karen Lancaster McCutchin “apologized Fridya in Dallas federal court for hiding the laptops from agents during a March raid at their home. Her son faces three separate federal indictments and has gotten widespread attention among groups who believe he’s being unfairly prosecuted.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 23, 2013 4:36 pm|
A Palestinian woman and well-respected organizer in Chicago has been charged with lying to immigration authorities about her background when she applied for citizenship in the United States. If convicted, she faces the possibility of being imprisoned for up to ten years and being deported.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 18, 2013 11:25 am|
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence produced a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program that has still not been declassified in some form for the public to read. And, now New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer has reported on an episode involving the confirmation of a former high-ranking CIA lawyer to serve in a similar position at the Pentagon.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 17, 2013 4:00 pm|
The United States Justice Department has brought new charges against four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors for their role in a massacre that took place in 2007 in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 3, 2013 4:05 pm|
Major Internet companies—Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! Inc., Facebook, Inc., and LinkedIn—have requested that they be allowed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to publish information on how frequently the United States government makes demands that companies provide user data. However, the government opposes this push by Internet companies to be more transparent.
|By: Norman Solomon Tuesday September 24, 2013 7:46 am|
The New York Times coverage should have given attentive readers indigestion over breakfast Tuesday: “A former F.B.I. agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information to The Associated Press about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen last year … Federal investigators said they were able to identify the man, Donald Sachtleben, a former bomb technician, as a suspect in the leak case only after secretly obtaining AP reporters’ phone logs, a move that set off an uproar among journalists and members of Congress of both parties when it was disclosed in May.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 13, 2013 11:05 am|
A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the full Senate. The shield law would likely protect reporters from subpoenas intended to force them to give up confidential information about their sources, but the protection national security journalists would be able to enjoy is debatable.