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Justice Dept. Joins Probes of Police Shooting in Saginaw

Steve Neavling

The U.S. Justice Department is joining the investigation into the shooting death of Milton Hall, who was gunned down by police in Saginaw, Mich.,  the Saginaw News MLive reports.

An amateur video of the shooting spurred protests from residents who say police opened fire unnecessarily because Hall was not an imminent threat, MLive reported.

The officers involved in the shootings are back on the job after a 30-day leave.

The video shows a distraught Hall holding a knife but not using it.

Book About Osama bin Laden Raid Under Scrutiny; Justice Dept. Could Try to Put Kibosh on Book

Steve Neavling

The Justice Department may be asked to pull a soon-to-be-published book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said Matt Bissonnette, who is listed under the pseudonym, Mark Owen, was required to submit the book for pre-publication review under military secrecy agreements he signed.

If the book’s manuscript reveals classified information, Pentagon officials said they would take the case to the Justice Department, according to the AP.

Bissonnette is a former Navy SEAL who took part in the raid.

Administrative Subpoenas Are Unchecked and Abused, Critics Charge

Steve Neavling

Federal agencies are increasingly using administrative subpoenas to force the release of information from virtually all businesses, a tactic that critics say strips the civil liberties of Americans, Wired reports.

The DEA, for example, can issue an administrative subpoena without a court warrant if the agent believes the information is relevant to the probe.

The subpoenas bypass the Fourth Amendment, which is designed to protect against unreasonable searches, according to Wired.

In a recent case, Golden Valley Electric Association lost its argument that it does not have to release customer records under an administrative subpoena.

Based on anecdotal evidence, Wired said there are hundreds of thousands of administrative subpoenas issued a year.

Report: ATF Officials in Phoenix Responsible for Fast and Furious

Steve Neavling

 A federal report on the controversial gun-walking operation, Fast and Furious, places much of the blame on the program on the Phoenix office of the ATF, CBS News reports.

The report by the Inspector General, which is expected to be released in a few weeks, shows a divide between the Phoenix office and their supervisors at ATF headquarters and the Justice Department, according to CBS News, which interviewed peopled familiar with the case.

Those most responsible, according to the report, are then-Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell, agent Hope MacAllister and group servitor David Voth.

Phoenix-based authorities said they knew nothing was wrong because they had the blessings of headquarters and the Justice Department – both of which were notified of the investigation during briefings.

Superiors, however, said they never wanted agents to allow guns to walk, according to CBS News.

One of the guns was found later at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.