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Tag: Justice Department

Charleston NAACP Asks Justice Department to Probe Excessive Force Against Black Men

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Charleston civil rights supporters are calling for an investigation into a “troubling and outrageous trend” lethal police force against black men, the Post and Courier reports.

Don Scott, president of the city’s NAACP, said Saturday’s shooting of a black man is one of four police-involved shootings since March 2012.

Scott said officers have declared “open hunting season on black men.”

Justice Department officials would not comment on the request for an investigation.

Justice Department Gives Agent Permission to Publish Book Critical of Agency

ATF file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has switched its position and said an ATF agent may publish a book about the agency’s bungled gun smuggling sting operation “Fast and Furious,”  the Associated Press reports.

The department said it was notifying the ACLU, which is representing ATF agent John Dodson, that the book could be published.

The department previously tried to stop the publication, saying federal employees are generally banned from making profits off of their work.

But for law enforcement reasons, the AP wrote, some parts of the book, “The Unarmed Truth,” will be redacted.

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Justice Department Memo Suggests Leakers Face Firing Squad?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Leak information and you face a firing squad from the Justice Department.

So suggests a page of the ATF’s online manual, some employees complained, reports the Washington Times.

With the recent mass shootings and leaks, some ATF employees were offended, saying the agency already fosters a hostile environment for whistleblowers.

ATF authorities said the photo was a light-hearted joke.

AG Eric Holder Sends Message to Justice Department Employees About Shutdown

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Dear Colleagues,

This ongoing shutdown continues to be a very frustrating time for all of us who work for the Department of Justice and those who provide services on contract. I remain particularly concerned about the impact the shutdown continues to have on all of you and your families. Unfortunately, because we are unable to predict when it will be resolved, we are not able to allay all of your justifiable concerns.

In an effort to answer as many questions as possible, we have updated material under the “Information for Employees” section of the Department’s homepage. There you will find information about pay, ethics issues, employee assistance programs, unemployment compensation, and the Department’s contingency plans.

I also want to reiterate how important each and every one of you is to the Department of Justice’s mission. To those of you who are excepted from furlough, thank you for continuing to work through this difficult period, even though most of you are doing so on an “IOU” basis. To those of you who are furloughed, I wish you were on the job furthering the mission of this great institution, instead of wondering when you will be able to return to work and if and when you will be paid. Please understand that I believe every Department employee, whether excepted or furloughed, is essential to ensure that justice is served on behalf of the American people.

As we await a resolution of this shutdown, we will continue to provide information to you as quickly as possible. Please continue to check the Department homepage to receive the most up-to-date information for employees.

Thank you for your service to the American people. I look forward to see you all back on the job again soon.

Sincerely,

Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Justice Department Urges Court to Toss Lawsuit Filed by Florida Socialite Jill Kelley

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Florida socialite whose complaint to the FBI led to the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus, Lawyers.com reports.

Jill Kelley claims in a lawsuit that her reputation was tarnished when the government allegedly leaked her private e-mails to the media.

Some of the messages, according to leaks to the media, were sexually explicit.

The Justice Department claims the suit should be tossed because Kelley failed to substantial her claim that the government violated her privacy, Lawyers.com reported.

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Feds Take Amber Alert Site Offline as Part of Gov’t Shutdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department shut down its Amber Alert website (www.amberalert.gov) because of the government shutdown.

Instead of featuring photos and other urgent information about missing children, the site tells visitors, “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable.”

The site was set up to give residents and law enforcement of all jurisdictions quick, up-to-the-minute information about urgent missing-person cases.

It’s just the latest federal resource to be cut during the shutdown.

Justice Department Accused of Keeping Public Records from Being Released

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama pledged to run a transparent administration that respects public access to records.

But an internal audit of the Justice Department recently found excessive secrecy, according to Slate.

The audit found “persistent misunderstanding and lack of knowledge of certain classification processes.”

For example, a review of documents found that information was marked as secret despite containing no classified information, Slate reported.

Ex-FBI Bomb Technician Pleads Guilty to Disclosing National Defense Info to Associated Press

By Sari Horwitz
Washington Post

WASHINGTON –– A former FBI bomb technician who later worked as a contractor for the Bureau has agreed to plead guilty to disclosing national defense information about a disrupted terrorist plot to the Associated Press, according to the Justice Department.

Donald John Sachtleben, 55, of Carmel, Ind., who previously had agreed to plead guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography in a separate investigation, provided information to an Associated Press reporter relating to the disruption of a plot to conduct a suicide bomb attack on a U.S.-bound airline by the Yemen-based terrorist organization al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and the recovery by the U.S. of a bomb in connection with that plot, according to court documents filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

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