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Justice Department to review DEA’s mass surveillance program

By John Shiffman and David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department is reviewing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit that passes tips culled from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a large telephone database to field agents, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. Reuters reported Monday that agents…

Appeals court rules intelligence reporter James Risen must testify if indicted whistleblower was his source

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the First Amendment right to free speech does not prevent a New York Times journalist from giving testimony in a high-profile government leak case. The ruling by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

Justice Department backs off on secret seizure of reporters’ records

Under heavy criticism from media organizations and others, the Obama administration has pulled back on one important aspect of its crackdown on government leaks: the ability of prosecutors to secretly seize reporters’ records while investigating leaks…  …

Obama picks former Bush official James Comey as new FBI director

Barack Obama is preparing to name a former Bush administration who was heavily involved in some of the most controversial issues of that era, including illegal wiretapping and torture, as the new director of the FBI. But the Obama administration will emphasise that James Comey, who was deputy attorney-general under…

‘Poor data sharing’ blamed for U.S. government losing track of two terrorists in witness protection

Copyright ImageClick to View Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. The Justice Department’s inspector general has found “significent deficiencies” in the department’s handling of suspected terrorists under the witness protection…  …

Eric Holder defends seizure of AP phone logs to track down ‘the most serious’ CIA leak

The US administration pushed back Tuesday after being accused of undermining press freedom by seizing reporters’ phone records, claiming officials took the drastic steps to protect American lives. Amid a barrage of criticism, Attorney General Eric Holder said telephone logs were secretly taken from US news agency the Associated Press…

Officials charge Texas suspect Bryce Ashley Reed on bomb charges

Federal authorities on Friday charged a Texas man with illegal possession of bomb making materials, but would not say whether the arrest is linked to a probe into last month’s deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. The US Justice Department said in a statement that Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, was…

Justice Department sues drug maker for paying doctors kickbacks

The US Justice Department on Friday accused drug maker Novartis of paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the company’s drugs over others. In the second US action against the Swiss firm this week, the Justice Department said Novartis had boosted sales of its expensive brand-name drugs with incentives for prescribing…

Justice Department investigated Wall Street Journal for claims reporters bribed Chinese officials

The US Justice Department last year opened an investigation into allegations that employees at The Wall Street Journal’s China news bureau bribed Chinese officials for information, the newspaper reported. But citing government and corporate officials familiar with the case, the paper said a search by the Journal’s parent company found…

Justice Department urges Maryland court to uphold citizens’ right to film police

The Justice Department filed a statement of interest Friday in the case of a journalist arrested in 2011 for filming police officers in Montgomery County, Maryland. According to Politico, the Department affirmed the right of individuals to record police under the First Amendment. The Civil Rights Division of the Justice…

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