In Rare & Extraordinary Decision, Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Against Anti-Iran Group Over State Secrets

By: Tuesday March 24, 2015 3:00 pm

A federal judge made an extremely rare and unusual decision and dismissed a defamation lawsuit in between two private parties because the government invoked the state secrets privilege. He denied lawyers for the plaintiff in the case access to reasons why the government invoked the privilege. Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis alleged that [...]

 

Former CIA Operative Who Suffers from Narcolepsy Has Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed Over ‘State Secrets’

By: Friday February 27, 2015 12:00 pm

A federal judge dismissed a former CIA operative’s lawsuit alleging he was subject to a “hostile work environment” and discriminated against because of his disability and race. The judge decided the CIA had appropriately made a state secrets claim and there was no way to litigate the case without creating “substantial risk” to “national security.” [...]

FBI Lists Brother of US Citizen Challenging No Fly List as ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ Day Before Major Hearing

By: Friday January 30, 2015 11:00 am

In the Eastern District of Virginia, the Justice Department has been fighting a lawsuit brought by a US citizen, who claims his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List. The judge has not blindly accepted the government’s state secrets claims and left open the possibility that the government may fail to get the case thrown out. However, the day before a major hearing for summary judgment, the FBI put the US citizen’s brother on the Bureau’s list of “Most Wanted Terrorists.”

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.

Judge Rejects Government’s Effort to Have No Fly List Lawsuit Dismissed by Invoking ‘State Secrets’

By: Friday October 31, 2014 2:38 pm

A federal judge has denied a motion by the United States government to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a US citizen alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List. The government had attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed by invoking the state secrets privilege.

Did US Government Invoke “State Secrets” in Defamation Case Because Anti-Iran Organization Is Engaged in Graymail?

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 11:04 am

Attorneys for a business owner, who claims his company, Enterprises Shipping and Trading SA, was defamed by an anti-Iran advocacy group, are imploring a federal judge to not allow the United States government to invoke the state secrets privilege without making their reasons for doing so public. They suggest to the judge that the organization may be engaged in graymail.

Government Won’t Explain Why It Thinks ‘State Secrets’ at Risk in Lawsuit Against Anti-Iran Group

By: Saturday September 27, 2014 12:50 pm

The Justice Department has informed a judge that it refuses to additionally explain why it believes “state secrets” are relevant or some how entwined in the defense of an anti-Iran advocacy group accused of defamation.

Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis alleges that United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) falsely and maliciously identified him as part of a the organization’s campaign to name and shame individuals and companies that do business in Iran. But the Justice Department has moved to invoke the state secret privilege.

Why Is DOJ Protecting Anti-Iran Group & Not Prosecuting It for Possessing ‘State Secrets’?

By: Friday September 19, 2014 10:09 am

A lawyer representing a Greek businessman and ship owner, who has accused an anti-Iran advocacy group of falsely and maliciously identifying him as part of their campaign to name and shame individuals and companies that do business in Iran, has responded to the Justice Department’s unprecedented decision to claim state secrets privilege.

In No Fly List Case, Judge Questions Government’s ‘State Secrets’ Claims & Orders Documents Be Produced

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 1:45 pm

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The Justice Department’s Scandalous Decision to Invoke ‘State Secrets’ & Protect an Anti-Iran Group

By: Monday September 15, 2014 6:30 pm

In an unprecedented move, the United States government has moved to invoke the state secrets privilege in a private defamation lawsuit, which does not appear to hinge upon any government activity. The government has also called for the court hearing the case to dismiss the lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed in the US District Court of the Southern District of New York involves Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis and others, who have accused United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) of falsely and maliciously identifying them in their campaign to name and shame individuals or companies that do business in Iran.

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