Using differential law enforcement to separate them from us is an old trick.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 25, 2014 4:10 pm|
For months, lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been pushing a federal district court in Massachusetts to hold a hearing and address the issue of law enforcement officials leaking details related to the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. Lawyers renewed their objection to leaks as they continue to occur, despite the objections of the court.
Tsarnaev faces terrorism charges, including use of a weapon of mass destruction, for his alleged role in the bombing.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday July 23, 2014 2:18 pm|
The NSA sits at the nexus of violations of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with a legal dodge called Parallel Construction.
Parallel Construction is a technique used by law enforcement to hide the fact that evidence in a criminal case originated with the NSA. In its simplest form, the NSA collects information showing say a Mr. Anderson committed a crime. This happens most commonly in drug cases.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 6, 2014 3:14 pm|
An FBI fact sheet accompanying every Freedom of Information Act response from the agency has changed, according to a Washington-based national security lawyer named Kel McClanahan.
Noticed last month by McClanahan, ForeignPolicy.com reports that the fact sheet used to list the “primary function” of the FBI as being “law enforcement.” The new fact sheet indicates that it is “national security.”
|By: Gabriel M. Kuris Saturday September 21, 2013 1:59 pm|
Corruption is a relative crime: a bribe in one country might be a gratuity in another or a lawful act of lobbying in yet another. However, these norms are not set in stone. Public servants and businesspeople adjust to new systems. Citizen expectations change. Democracies evolve. These changes require enforcers like Vincent Green. But they also require whistleblowers and everyday people who refuse to acquiesce to wrongs. Green’s book shows why we should fight for a more transparent and accountable democracy, and many concrete and important steps towards this goal.
|By: Mike German Sunday August 4, 2013 1:59 pm|
“If your image of American policing is Mayberry’s Sheriff Andy Taylor, who used homespun wisdom and a deep knowledge of his community to solve their problems and keep big city crime at bay, you won’t recognize the picture Radley Balko paints of modern law enforcement in his excellent new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.”
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 13, 2012 6:41 am|
Maybe I was too blasé about the federal government letting HSBC off the hook; certainly the story has effectively shown how Too Big to Fail continues to be the watchword of the financial regulatory community. My pet theory here is actually that, because practically every mega-bank engaged in this same type of money laundering for drug cartels and countries under sanction – all of the big four in the US, including Wells Fargo (who admitted it in court), Bank of America, Citi and JPMorgan Chase – if they threw the book at HSBC, they would have to do the same to everyone else. So we’ve migrated from Too Big to Fail to Too Caught Up In The Same Criminality to Fail.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 9, 2012 8:57 am|
Less than a year after Occupy Atlanta members clashed with police in riot gear in a downtown park, they’re now protesting alongside officers to help a retired detective avoid losing her home to foreclosure.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 6, 2012 1:12 pm|
It’s sad that we have to see the injustice of a “show me your papers” law in action before invalidating it, but that’s what it’s going to take.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 21, 2012 8:45 am|
Federal courts have consistently trimmed back attempts by states to write their own immigration laws. The Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law in June, and federal judges have done the same to parts of laws in several Southern states. We saw another example of this yeterday, when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the state of Alabama and its draconian immigration law. However, the precedent set by the Supreme Court on Arizona did hold, and the “papers please” parts of immigration laws in Alabama and Georgia were upheld for the time being.