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  • New Justice Dept. policy allows authorities to seize suspicious bank accounts

    03/31/2015 3:50:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2015 | Maggie Ybarra
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has crafted a new policy that would allow government officials to seize bank accounts involved in financial structuring schemes prior to filing criminal charges against the individuals who own those accounts. The new policy stems from the Justice Department’s ongoing review of its asset forfeiture program. The policy is aimed at preventing criminals from making a series of currency transactions under a certain monetary threshold in order to evade reporting the transaction to the authorities, according to a department statement. Those types of transactions typically lead to “the most serious illegal banking transactions” and occur...
  • Justice Department Sues University Over Alleged Anti-Transgender Discrimination

    03/30/2015 7:42:19 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Chris Geidner
    The action against Southeastern Oklahoma State University is the first lawsuit claiming that anti-transgender discrimination violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from the Justice Department.WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging that the school discriminated against a transgender professor in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case is the first time the Justice Department sued an entity alleging that the sex discrimination ban in Title VII of the historic civil rights legislation protects transgender people from discrimination. In December 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the...
  • The Obama Administration’s Operation “Choke Point,” Part 2

    03/29/2015 5:39:49 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/29/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    On March 24th, Coach is Right published—“The Obama Administration’s Operation ‘Choke Point’ now in the open”. That piece is currently available on the CiR site under Recent Posts. On Monday, Richard Manning, Director of Communications for Americans for Limited Government, said this of the Obama Administration: “Their intent is to create a government sanctioned means of driving private industry out of the business of providing payday loans.” Peter Barden, of the Online Lenders Association agrees that what the Obama Administration is doing is outside its legal authority. Manning was referring to a particular, ongoing use of Operation Choke Point, a...
  • FORMER US ATTORNEY: DOJ SHOULD OPEN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO HARRY REID PUSHING EB-5 VISA EXP

    03/27/2015 12:08:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 27, 2015 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    EXCLUSIVE–FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY: DOJ SHOULD OPEN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO HARRY REID PUSHING EB-5 VISA EXPANSION Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says he intends to retire at the end of his term in 2017. But he may still face legal pressure before he leaves. Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova, a leading legal expert on the prosecution and defense of white collar criminals, tells Breitbart News there is enough public evidence to launch a criminal investigation of Reid. “Here’s the issue,” diGenova tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “Because his son was involved representing the SLS Casino and Hotel...
  • Lynch admits she had whistleblower's evidence on banksters

    03/27/2015 11:44:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    wnd ^ | 3/27/15 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – President Obama’s attorney-general nominee, Loretta Lynch, admitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee that her investigators in the money-laundering probe of HSBC were aware of evidence compiled by whistleblower John Cruz but she chose, nevertheless, not to bring criminal charges. Lynch provided written answers to questions submitted by committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in a document posted on the panel’s website dated Feb. 18. As WND reported, Lynch’s confirmation vote in the Senate initially was postponed after Sen. David Vitter, R-La., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, opened the investigation of Lynch’s role in the HSBC...
  • CALL YOUR REPS--Did the DOJ's Computer Forensics Division look into Hillary's State Dept server?

    03/26/2015 4:39:40 AM PDT · by Liz · 7 replies
    REFERENCE Computer Crime, E-Crime, Hi-Tech Crime or Electronic Crime is a crime in which a computer plays an essential part. Computer crime is a felony violation of section 1030 of the United States Code. Computer crime also violates copyright laws and property rights in some cases. This type of crime is the illegal exploitation of computer technologies, usually to support crimes such as fraud, identity theft, sharing of information, and embezzlement. A link to the U.S. Department of Justice's website about e-crime and the DOJ's computer forensics activities is at their web site. Examples of computer crime are: <><> *...
  • Is race a factor in Loretta Lynch delay? WH won’t say

    03/25/2015 2:11:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 25, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    A litany of prominent Democrats have said race has played a role in the delay of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as attorney general. But the White House won’t say whether it agrees. Lynch would become the first African-American woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, but she has gone 137 days without receiving a confirmation vote in the Senate. Press secretary Josh Earnest was asked five times Wednesday whether Republicans are delaying a vote on Lynch because of her race. He dodged the question each time. “I think that the delay we have seen from Senate Republicans...
  • Four Frankfort, Illinois Men Jailed After Alleged Tinley Park Road Rage Attack

    03/25/2015 5:56:54 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    patch.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Joseph Hosey
    Four Frankfort Men Jailed After Alleged Tinley Park Road Rage Attack The men denied attacking a driver but video showed otherwise, police said. By Joseph Hosey (Patch Staff) March 24, 2015 The four men, along with a 16-year-old, were in a Chevy Tahoe that pursued a 21-year-old man and his girlfriend into Tinley Park, police said. The Elabeds and the other driver then reportedly headed over to the Tinley Park Police Department to accuse each other of wrongdoing. The Elabeds claimed they were actually “threatened and followed by (by the other driver) and his girlfriend,” police said, and while at...
  • The Obama Administration’s Operation “Choke Point” now in the open

    03/24/2015 7:04:34 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 26 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | March 24, 2015 | John Velisek USN (Ret)
    Operation “Choke Point” is not new. It began as an outgrowth of the President’s Financial Fraud Task Force in 2009. Choke Point never acquired congressional authority to begin operations though it was started by the DOJ, FDIC, and the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2009. It is called “Choke Point” because its main purpose is to choke off lending to industries which are out of favor with the Obama Administration. In essence, if businesses can’t process payments, they can’t survive. Choke Point operations were first begun against payday lenders in New York by the NY Financial Services...
  • The Obama Administration’s Operation “Choke Point” now in the open

    03/24/2015 7:19:15 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/24/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Operation “Choke Point” is not new. It began as an outgrowth of the President’s Financial Fraud Task Force in 2009. Choke Point never acquired congressional authority to begin operations though it was started by the DOJ, FDIC, and the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2009. It is called “Choke Point” because its main purpose is to choke off lending to industries which are out of favor with the Obama Administration. In essence, if businesses can’t process payments, they can’t survive. Choke Point operations were first begun against payday lenders in New York by the NY Financial Services...
  • US Marshals Investigated for Quid Pro Quo Hiring, Misuse of Asset Forfeiture Funds

    03/22/2015 1:18:42 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 19, 2015 | C J Ciaramella
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) has launched an investigation into alleged quid pro quo hiring and misuse of federal asset forfeiture funds at the US Marshals Service. In a letter sent to the U.S. Marshals Service Thursday, Grassley requested records in response to whistleblower allegations that senior officials in the service’s Asset Forfeiture Division (AFD) engaged in improper hiring practices.
  • ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ did not happen in Ferguson

    03/22/2015 7:54:38 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 27 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/22/2015 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    This phrase became a rallying cry for Ferguson residents, who took to the streets to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. Witness accounts spread after the shooting that Brown had his hands raised in surrender, mouthing the words “Don’t shoot” as his last words before being shot execution-style. The gesture of raised hands became a symbol of outrage over mistreatment of unarmed black youth by police. That narrative was called into question when a St. Louis County grand jury could not confirm those testimonies. And a recently released Department of Justice...
  • Loretta Lynch stays in limbo as Senate prepares to take up other matters

    03/21/2015 10:59:45 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 03/21/2015 | Mike DeBonis
    The Senate had two things to do this week — pass a bill cracking down on sex slavery, and vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general — and it did neither of them. So barring an eleventh-hour weekend compromise, Lynch, who would become the first black woman to serve as attorney general, will wait until at least mid-April before a confirmation vote is held, extending an unusually long wait that Democrats have tried to turn to their political advantage by portraying the delay as tied to Lynch’s race and gender.
  • John Ashcroft: Obama Plays Ethnic Politics and Ignores The Law

    03/21/2015 11:11:51 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/21/2015 | Patrick Howley
    Former Attorney General John Aschcroft said that President Obama appeals to ethnic politics while ignoring the law.“The president believes that the democracy speaks to him not through Congress but through opinion polls” and advisers, Ashcroft said Friday in a speech before a group of Republican lawyers at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.Ashcroft weighed in on the controversies surrounding Obama’s immigration executive order and the racial powder keg in Ferguson, Missouri. The Bush Department of Justice chief spoke about the police officers shot in his home state and the two officers tragically executed in New York City since the beginning...
  • Obama: Congress endangers national security with Lynch delay

    03/21/2015 10:23:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 21, 2015 | Maggie Ybarra
    President Obama is accusing Congress of playing politics with law enforcement and national security by holding hostage attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in exchange for leverage on legislation. Mr. Obama blasted Republicans for preventing the female federal prosecutor from New York from succeeding Attorney General Eric Holder during his weekly address to the country to Sunday. But lawmakers have delayed the nomination of Ms. Lynch by more than 130 days over concerns surrounding Mr. Obama’s executive action on immigration, which would provide temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and reprieve from deportation. Now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,...
  • Obama Says Loretta Lynch Nomination a Political ‘Hostage’

    03/20/2015 6:57:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies
    blogs.wsj.com ^ | March 20, 2015
    President Barack Obama called on congressional Republicans to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general, saying that the GOP was holding her nomination “hostage” for political reasons. In an interview with the Huffington Post on Friday, Mr. Obama said that Ms. Lynch’s confirmation vote shouldn’t fall victim to congressional horse-trading. “You don’t hold attorney general nominees hostage for other issues,” Mr. Obama said. Ms. Lynch’s confirmation has been delayed by a fight over a human trafficking bill in Congress. Democrats object to the bill’s abortion provisions, while Republicans say Democrats are playing politics with victims of sex trafficking.
  • DOJ defends Clinton from subpoena - "It's sheer speculation she withheld work-related emails"

    03/20/2015 12:57:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    The Justice Department is defending former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from a motion to subpoena her private emails under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). “Such action is unnecessary and inappropriate under FOIA,” DOJ officials wrote in a legal briefing filed Thursday. Officials were responding to a case launched by Larry Klayman, the founder of the conservative watchdog group Freedom Watch. Klayman is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to subpoena Clinton’s computer server where she housed the private email address she used while serving in the State Department. Clinton has turned over 55,000 pages of...
  • BREAKING: After Scrapping AR-15 Ammo Ban, ATF Director B. Todd Jones Resigning

    03/20/2015 11:26:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    UPDATE: ATF has officially confirmed Jones' departure without stating a specific reason for his resignation.  B. Todd Jones to depart @ATFHQ. http://t.co/ZMoplVltRK— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 20, 2015 “ATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,” said Jones. “I have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combatting violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe," Jones said in a statement. “I will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF’s unique law enforcement and regulatory...
  • Sen. Durbin Used Race to Block “Especially Dangerous” Latino Judicial Nominee

    03/20/2015 11:25:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 20, 2015
    Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin has a lot of nerve to accuse Republicans of racism for delaying President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General considering he’s the only sitting senator who actually opposed a candidate specifically because of race. In fact, the veteran lawmaker referred to the judicial nominee as “especially dangerous” for, among other things, being “Latino.” Additionally, Durbin has voted against several Republican presidential nominees who also happened to be ethnic minorities—Janice Rogers Brown, an African-American on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American female Secretary of...
  • Don’t Confirm Loretta Lynch

    03/20/2015 10:48:56 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | March 20, 2015 | RICH LOWRY
    Don’t Confirm Loretta Lynch by RICH LOWRY March 20, 2015 An unanswerable question hangs over the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general: Is Republican opposition to her more racist or sexist? As an African-American woman, Lynch represents a gloriously double-barreled opportunity to accuse Republicans of sub-rosa hatreds. The political benefit of what feminists call intersectionality — membership in two or more historically oppressed groups — is not having to choose which accusation of bias to make. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin went to the Senate floor to effectively accuse Republicans of racism in the nomination fight, even though Hillary Clinton...
  • FEDERAL JUDGE ADMONISHED DOJ OVER APPARENT DECEPTION: ‘I WAS MADE TO LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT’

    03/19/2015 10:01:56 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 19, 2015 | by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Government lied to a federal judge, misrepresented facts and illegally gave 100,081 illegal aliens immigration status despite a pending lawsuit and an injunction. That is the argument that attorneys representing Texas and more than two dozen other states made. During the heated court hearing Andrew Hanen, a U.S. District Court Judge, said that the apparent violation had made him look like an idiot since he initially believed the U.S. Government. In a heated court hearing Angela Colmonero from the Texas Attorney General’s office stated that Texas had acted promptly in November 2014 upon learning of...
  • Grassley questions agency's $10,000 conference table purchase [ asset forfeitures ]

    03/19/2015 5:05:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    wash examiner ^ | March 18, 2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    A federal whistleblower claims a division of the Department of Justice is using money from asset forfeitures to pay for custom wallpaper, artwork, crown moldings and chair rails in its offices. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton to answer claims about how the Asset Forfeiture Division spent forfeited money, including a report that more than $10,000 was used to purchase a single conference room table. "If so, what was the cost and why was a less expensive table not considered?"
  • Judge: Sanctions possible in Obama immigration court case

    03/19/2015 5:02:49 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 25 replies
    Toshiba.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Juan A. Lazano
    A federal judge who has blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it mislead him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures. During a sometimes testy court hearing, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen went back and forth with the Justice Department over whether it had mislead him into believing that a key part of Obama's program would not be implemented before he made a ruling on a request for a preliminary injunction. In fact, federal officials had given more than 108,000...
  • Parties dig in on Loretta Lynch confirmation fight

    03/19/2015 3:56:40 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 3/19/15 | Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
    Democrats are up in arms over the GOP’s handling of Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general, arguing that Republicans are engaged in unconscionable delays over a history-making choice to head the Justice Department. Republicans are not breaking a sweat. “Zero,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said when asked how much pressure his party is feeling to confirm her to the Justice Department position. Why not? “Because there’s zero,” he reiterated. Lynch, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Eric Holder at the Justice Department in November, has been stalled in recent days because of an unrelated...
  • Gun groups rally against Loretta Lynch

    03/19/2015 11:46:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 19, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    Gun rights groups are making a vigorous push to stop the Senate from confirming Loretta Lynch as President Obama’s next attorney general. Advocates are organizing petitions, drawing up letters and hitting the phones to urge Senate Republicans to oppose Lynch in a floor vote that could take place as early as next week. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has sent an alert to its members warning that Obama’s nominee would put gun rights at risk. "As the nation's top law enforcement officer, Lynch would almost certainly have an impact on our Second Amendment rights,” the NRA’s lobbying arm said in...
  • Outgoing US attorney hasn't acted on Lerner contempt charge

    03/18/2015 5:16:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-18-15 | Jeesse Byrnes
    Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia appointed by President Obama and set to step down next month, has not acted on a contempt of Congress charge for former IRS official Lois Lerner. Machen, who announced at the beginning of the week he'd step down April 1 to return to private practice, has not referred Lerner's case to a grand jury. Her contempt citation for not testifying at two hearings has been in Machen's hands since May 2014. During Machen's five-year tenure as a top prosecutor, the largest U.S. Attorney's Office was dominated by cases related to...
  • Federal Prosecutor Allegedly Stalked By U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall Was Under Armed Protection

    03/17/2015 11:39:01 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Willamette Week [Portland, OR] ^ | March 16, 2015 | Nigel Jaquiss
    The prosecutor that U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall is accused of stalking was at the time under 24-hour-a-day armed protective guard because of a contract Mexican drug dealers placed on his life. That news adds a bizarre turn in a situation that appears to have cost Marshall, the top federal prosecutor in Oregon, her job.
  • Race Baiting And Ferguson

    03/17/2015 10:50:11 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 14 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | Monday, March 16, 2015 | Richard A. Epstein
    The most recent news from Ferguson concerns what Eric Holder has rightly called the “ambush shooting” of two police officers outside the city’s police department. This incident occurred in the wake of two detailed reports released by the Department of Justice. The first report deals in depth with the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The report recommended that the case against him be closed. The second DOJ report contained a scathing indictment of the sad state of affairs within the entire criminal justice system of Ferguson. The combined effect of these two reports is likely...
  • Obama's Immigration Nightmare: Exponential Executive Lawlessness

    03/17/2015 7:41:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    I wonder whether most people truly understand the scope and import of Obama's lawless order to halt deportations and allow work permits for up to 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States. Do they understand that he doesn't have the constitutional authority to do this? Do they understand that he admitted not having the constitutional authority to do this? Do they understand that Congress considered and rejected such action when it declined to pass the DREAM Act? Do they understand that under Obama's rule, these immigrants will be eligible for Social Security payments and even receive credit, in...
  • Loretta Lynch fight gets heated

    03/16/2015 4:43:07 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | March 16, 2015 | Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim
    As a partisan clash over abortion threatens to further delay Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote, the White House lashed out at Senate Republicans Monday, calling the brinksmanship surrounding her nomination for attorney general “unconscionable.”“There is no question that Republicans are playing politics with the nomination,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. “It should come to an end.” Story Continued Below Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed the Senate will finish work on a human trafficking bill before taking up Lynch. But that trafficking measure includes abortion language that most Democrats would filibuster unless it’s removed.Now, Democrats want a win on...
  • White House slams McConnell on Lynch confirmation delay

    03/16/2015 10:53:52 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    ntv / abc / ap ^ | 3-16-2015
    <p>The White House is blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for holding up a confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch to be attorney general.</p> <p>McConnell has warned he won't hold a vote before the Senate finishes a human trafficking bill. That legislation hit a roadblock over a provision regarding funding for abortions.</p>
  • DOJ Invokes Separation-of-Powers As It Seeks to Unblock Obama's Executive Amnesty

    03/16/2015 7:01:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 3/13/15 | Susan Jones
    The Justice Department, in an "emergency motion" filed on Thursday, asked a federal appeals court to suspend a lower court's injunction "interfering with immigration enforcement." The injunction, imposed last month by a U.S. District Court in Texas at the behest of 26 states, "offends basic separation-of-powers and federalism principles and impinges on core Executive functions," DOJ argued. "The lower court's order is unprecedented and wrong," said the Justice Department's request for an emergency stay, filed with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. "The Constitution does not entitle States to intrude into the uniquely federal domain of immigration enforcement....
  • Mitch McConnell: No Loretta Lynch confirmation until human-trafficking bill passes

    03/16/2015 7:15:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/16/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    After two months in the majority, has Mitch McConnell finally hit a red line with Harry Reid? The confirmation of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General has stalled for the last few weeks, and McConnell threatened to stall it indefinitely after Democrats blocked a human-trafficking bill. The Senate Majority Leader wants an end to Democratic obstructionism:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, authored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), has been stalled after Democrats accused Republicans of sneaking anti-abortion language into the bill. McConnell noted that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee...
  • Obama Administration Asks Appeals Court to Void Injunction [semi-satire]

    03/14/2015 10:52:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2015 | John Semmens
    Lawyers for the Obama Administration filed suit in the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, asking it to overturn federal Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction prohibiting further executive action granting additional rights and privileges to amnestied illegal aliens. “Judge Hanen’s order is unprecedented and wrong,” claimed Administration attorney Abby Lyon. “First of all, a mere district court judge lacks the standing to impede a policy ordered by the president of the United States,” Lyon said. “Second, Judge Hanen was appointed by former President Bush, who is no longer this country’s reigning chief executive. Consequently, Hanen has no mandate to...
  • ATF and Some Democrats Already Looking at Ways to Revive Ban on AR-15 Ammunition

    03/13/2015 7:50:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced it would temporarily delay a ban on AR-15 M855 "green tip" ammunition. "Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study," an ATF press release stated. "Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework. After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received,...
  • Mpls. Selected for DOJ Initiative to Rebuild Trust of Police

    03/12/2015 7:40:26 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 3/12/15 | Ellen McNamara
    The Justice Department says distrust of police is one of the defining public safety challenges of our day. On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new initiative that aims to improve trust between law enforcement and the people they serve. Minneapolis is among six different cities chosen to be pilot sites. The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is one of many examples of distrust that exists between law enforcement and local residents. The Department of Justice recognizes that it is a problem. Minneapolis political activist Mel Reeves sees it. "Minneapolis isn't Ferguson, but we surely have problems," Reeves said. "The...
  • Ferguson Shootings: Eric Holder Calls Shootings of Cops 'Repugnant' (Bloody Hands)

    03/12/2015 8:56:06 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 50 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 03.12.2015 | Erin McClam
    The shootings of two police officers overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, are "inexcusable and repugnant" and threaten the reforms sought by nonviolent protesters, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. "We will continue to stand unequivocally against all acts of violence against cops whenever and wherever they occur," he said in a statement. A report commissioned by Holder and issued last week found widespread racial bias in law enforcement in Ferguson. The officers were shot toward the end of a demonstration that followed the resignation of the Ferguson police chief. The St. Louis County police chief described the shootings of the...
  • Darren Wilson's Friendly Trial:

    03/11/2015 6:12:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    A Justice Department report released last week makes a strong case that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, last August. The report suggests that Robert McCulloch, the much-maligned St. Louis County prosecutor, made the right call when he decided not to pursue criminal charges against Wilson. McCulloch nevertheless was the wrong person to make that call. His lack of credibility, as illustrated by the upside-down grand jury process that he orchestrated to clear Wilson, highlights the need for independent prosecutors to review police shootings. Because they...
  • Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Resigns Following Justice Department Report

    03/11/2015 1:57:08 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    npr ^ | 3-11-2015 | MILES PARKS
    Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Thomas Jackson has resigned. Jackson becomes the sixth Ferguson city employee to resign after the release of a scathing Justice Department report, which looked into police department and municipal court practices. A news release says the city and Jackson "have agreed to a mutual separation which involves the Chief's resignation," effective on Thursday, March 19. It says Jackson will receive a severance payment and health insurance for one year.
  • Ferguson city manager resigns after critical DOJ report

    03/11/2015 12:51:41 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | March 11, 2015 | By Dana Ford, CNN
    (CNN)Ferguson City Manager John Shaw resigned Tuesday in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report. The report blames Ferguson, Missouri, police and courts for abusive behavior that disproportionately targets African-American residents. "Over the last several months I have done everything in my power to work with countless groups to bring about positive change and strengthen our community," Shaw wrote in his resignation letter. He continued: "During this time I have also worked closely with the Department of Justice to identify opportunities to improve, and then moved quickly to implement its recommendations for change. "And while I certainly respect the...
  • Holder Used Secret Email Address, Too

    03/10/2015 5:58:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/10/15 | Jonathan Strong
    Attorney General Eric Holder used secretive email accounts under aliases during his tenure at the Justice Department, raising fresh questions about the Obama administration’s compliance with federal records laws as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reels from her own email scandal. Holder has emailed under the nom de plume “Henry Yearwood” in the past, former Justice Department officials say. The Huffington Post reported Tuesday that Holder had used three aliases. The current is unknown. Republicans familiar with the issue said that even when congressional officials traveled to the Justice Department for so-called “in camera” review of documents, Holder’s email...
  • BREAKING: ATF Temporarily Pulls Proposal to Ban AR-15 "Green Tip" Ammunition

    03/10/2015 12:09:45 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 31 replies
    http://townhall. ^ | Mar 10, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    After an unprecedented response, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has temporarily pulled its proposal to ban common AR-15 M885 "green tip" ammunition.
  • Wikimedia Launches Suit Against NSA, DoJ

    03/10/2015 11:06:07 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    kioskea.net ^ | 3-10-2015 | Nicole Motta
    On Tuesday, the Wikimedia Foundation announced that it is suing the US National Security Agency and Department of Justice over surveillance. The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit behind web-based encyclopedia Wikipedia, has teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union and eight other organizations to fight the NSA's mass surveillance program. The suit was filed on Tuesday at a Maryland federal court claiming the NSA and DoJ violated the First and Fourth Amendments with "large-scale search and seizure of internet communications" or "upstream surveillance." This surveillance tactic allows the NSA to collect data on Internet users who communicate with "non US...
  • Judge delays ruling on unblocking Obama immigration executive actions

    03/09/2015 6:41:59 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 9 March 2015 | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge signaled Monday that he has no plans to act soon on the Obama Administration's request to stay an order blocking President Barack Obama's latest round of executive actions on immigration. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen said in an order issued Monday afternoon that he views as serious claims that federal government lawyers may have misled the court about the implementation of new immigration policies the president ordered in November. Last week, the Justice Department advised Hanen that the federal government issued new 3-year "deferred action" grants and work permits to 100,000 people between November 24 and...
  • Obama Justice Department’s bogus report on racism by Ferguson Police Department

    03/09/2015 6:31:08 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 9, 2015 | john R. Lott Jr.
    Addressing the nation from Selma, Ala., on Saturday, President Obama said that while racism may be “no longer endemic,” as it was 50 years ago, his Justice Department’s report on Ferguson shows that the “nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us.” Sorry: The Justice report doesn’t prove disparate treatment, let alone discrimination. In fact, it looks more like something ginned up to distract from the embarrassing fact that Justice (in another report released the same day) wound up fully validating the findings of the Ferguson grand jury. Racism is serious, and those engaging in it should be...
  • Sowell: The 'Disparate Impact' Racket

    03/09/2015 1:37:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 10, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. The first report, about "the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson" ought to be read by every American. It says in plain English what facts have been established by an autopsy on Michael Brown's body — by three different pathologists, including one representing the family of Michael Brown — by DNA examination of officer Darren Wilson's gun and police vehicle, by examination of the pattern of blood stains on the street where Brown...
  • Illegal Immigrants Have Right to Work in US

    03/07/2015 2:26:17 PM PST · by Cheerio · 38 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 1.29.2015 | Larry O'Connor
    President Barack Obama's nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, believes illegal aliens have the "right to work" in America, violating multiple federal crimes in the process. The revelation came during her first day of confirmation hearings Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) asked Lynch about her position on enforcing America's immigration laws:
  • Holder Frames Ferguson PD For Racism Using Bogus 'Disparate Impact' Stats

    03/07/2015 7:20:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Editors
    Holder Frames Ferguson PD For Racism Using Bogus 'Disparate Impact' Stats 03/05/2015 Racial Politics: Unable to pin racism charges on Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder is using half-baked data to manufacture a case of racism against his entire police force. Holder's race-baiting civil rights crew combed through several years of Ferguson Police Department data on traffic stops, searches and arrests and "found a pattern of racial disparities in Ferguson's police activities." "African Americans are overrepresented in FPD's vehicular stops" and victims of "racial bias," Holder concludes in his report. He...
  • Holder Says He’s ‘Prepared’ To Dismantle Ferguson Police Department If Necessary [Congress?]

    03/06/2015 6:28:28 PM PST · by Steelfish · 114 replies
    WashingtonPost ^ | March 06, 2013 | Katie Zezima
    Holder Says He’s ‘Prepared’ To Dismantle Ferguson Police Department If Necessary By Katie Zezima March 6 Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Department of Justice is ready to take any and all steps that are needed to reform the Ferguson, Mo., police department, including the potential dismantling of the force. Speaking to reporters at Andrews Air Force Base after a trip to South Carolina with President Obama, Holder said he was stunned by what the investigation uncovered, and will go to all necessary lengths to address racial bias and other systemic issues within the force. A Department of Justice...
  • Oh my: DOJ preparing to file criminal corruption charges against Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez

    03/06/2015 12:36:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/06/2015 | AllahPundit
    Alternate headline via Dave Weigel: “DOJ confirms that Bob Menendez is a New Jersey politician.”There’s no louder Democratic critic of Obama’s Iran deal than Menendez and now here he is, about to be indicted. Hmmm. Maybe I spoke too soon in questioning Lee Smith’s theory that the White House has decided to start destroying the Iran-deal skeptics on its own side. People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges, CNN has learned exclusively. An announcement could come within weeks. Prosecutors are under pressure in part because of...