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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 19, 2014 10:09 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 18, 2014 1:45 pm|
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|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday February 15, 2014 7:50 am|
In recent weeks, it has been learned that a Malaysian doctoral student, who was twice granted a visa from the United States to study and obtain degrees architecture, including a Ph. D, had her due process rights violated when she was placed on the no-fly list. She never posed a threat to the US, something the government conceded in a trial in December of last year. Yet, according to the government, her placement on the list was a result of “human error,” not because of the intricate system of putting people on watch lists that has developed since the September 11th attacks.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 10, 2013 3:33 pm|
Amir Meshal, a United States citizen born and raised in New Jersey, is a Muslim, who decided to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006, in order to “broaden his understanding of Islam after the country’s volatile political situation had largely stabilized.” Yet, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing him in a lawsuit, during Meshal’s trip in Somalia he was detained without due process and “harshly interrogated” by FBI agents.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 20, 2012 3:30 pm|
In a District Court ruling last week, the judiciary proved once agai, how impotent and subservient to unchecked executive power it is when a federal court judge invoked the state secrets privilege and dismissed most of a suit against Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, who infiltrated and spied on mosques in Orange County in California. The ruling essentially gave cover to the FBI, which had lied to the community about engaging in covert operations against the Muslim community. And yet the foundation of the state secrets doctrine is based on government fraud.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 7, 2012 5:58 pm|
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an Islamic charity that claimed it was the target of warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency when the Bush administration was in power. The ruling overturned the awarding of damages and attorneys’ fees to the charity, and found the government is immune to claims of warrantless wiretapping.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday June 30, 2012 1:59 pm|
Classified Woman: A Memoir is a stirring book that takes us through the injustice Edmonds has endured starting during the Bush Administration. In her job as a language specialist, she finds out the FBI has been covering up information related to the September 11th attacks. She figures out the FBI has been penetrated by a Turkish translator named Melek Can Dickerson and her husband, who have engaged in illegal transactions that involve shielding potential targets from intelligence operations. She realizes any investigation of Dickerson would “shine a light on major cover-ups initiated by the State Department ” and expose crimes committed by “high-placed US officials.” She feels uneasy but knows she cannot turn back. And so she decides to pursue appropriate channels to let the proper people know all this but is forced to choose between having a career and pursuing accountability.