Justice Department

Gonzales Resigns

With an announcement scheduled for this morning, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned.

Impeachments Of Cheney And Gonzales Gain Momentum

Resolutions to impeach vice-president Cheney, H Res 333, and attorney general Gonzales, H Res 589, are gaining co-sponsors with each passing day.

Time: Bush Needs Gonzales To Avoid Prosecutors

Time magazine has an interesting take on the continuing saga that is the Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' tenure.

Congress Alleges Illegal Activity During And After Attorney Firings

As the House Judiciary Committee prepares to seek formal contempt charges against current and past administration officials, they have released a report detailing specific accusations of misconduct and outright illegal activity in relation to the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and the subsequent effort to cover-up the mess.

Contempt Meet Disdain

As Congress threatens to hold current and past Administration officials in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify, the Bush Administration is threatening to order the Justice Department to simply ignore the contempt citations.

Justice Department Working To Shrink Voter Rolls

In another case of the Department of Justice selectively enforcing laws comes a tale of disenfranchisement of voters. The Justice Department's Voting Section is pressuring ten states to purge "ineligible" voters from their rolls. At the same time, the same body refuses to compel the states to enforce new laws that require people applying for social services be given an opportunity to register to vote.

Court Restricts Wiretapping Suits

In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that you cannot sue the government over illegal wiretapping unless you can prove that you were personally effected by it. That appears to leave out everyone but Wendell Belew, a D.C. attorney who was accidentally handed a copy of his surveillance record in 2004.

Leahy May Seek Bush Contempt Charge

Following the White House's refusal to turn over documents related to its involvement in the firing of nine U.S. attorney's, Congress has issued subpoena's for the information. The White House, again this week, has refused to honor the subpoenas citing executive privilege.

Gonzales Plans Annual Political Reviews For U.S. Attorneys

A new development from the Attorney scandal is almost impossible to believe, but I've seen it from two different sources now; so, I'm passing it on to you. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is planning to conduct annual reviews for the various U.S. Attorneys, like the eight recently fired, in which they will discuss complaints against them from politicians.

Gonzales Uses Interim Appointments Against Congressional Wishes

Both houses of Congress passed a bill that has been sitting on Bush's desk since June 4th that would eliminate the ability of the Attorney General to make interim appointments to the U.S. Attorney positions. While it awaits the president's signature, Gonzales is going ahead an making appointments.

'Shield' For Bloggers Under Attack From Bush Administration

Part of the proposed Free Flow Of Information Act would shield bloggers from having to reveal their sources to authorities. The Bush Administration is opposed to the idea.

Investigation Of Attorney Firings Draws Subpoenas Of Bush Staffers

Congress has subpoenaed former presidential legal counsel Harriet Miers and political director Sara Taylor to testify before committees investigation the firing of federal prosecutors.

Cheney Interfered In Justice Department Over Wiretapping Issue

According to the written testimony of James Comey, vice president Cheney's office and Cheney himself, waded into the Justice Department's internal struggles over the legality of the domestic wiretapping program. It is further alleged that Cheney blocked the promotion of a justice department lawyer responsible for the dissent.

Headlines (5/18/2007)

Today's headlines are a mixed bag of political, business, and environmental news. Some good, some bad, some just more of the same:

Google wins part of nude-photo suit. This is a victory for search engines and fair use. It's not all great news however, as the court is still deciding whether Google can link to a website without permission.

Scientists cast doubt on Kennedy bullet analysis. A new look at old evidence debunks the single-shooter theory of the assassination. Please, please, no one tell Oliver Stone.

Deal May Legalize Millions of Immigrants. Much to the chagrin of the border-control crowd I suspect. If you're wondering whether it's a good plan, consider that people at both ends of the spectrum hate it. That's a victory for the silent majority.

More Government Spying

New FBI "emergency" procedures allow agents to request phone records verbally and no longer require that the agents follow-up with a grand jury subpoena.

In the past, agents were required to make such requests in writing and then follow-up with a grand jury subpoena. Very often, according to a report from the Justice Department's Inspector General, agents failed to do any such follow-up.

The report also documents many cases of FBI agents claiming "emergency" circumstances for such requests where no emergency existed. Instead of cracking down on agents, the FBI has decided to lift any semblance of due process by changing the rules to legitimize their illegal practices.

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