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Archive for December 12th, 2014

Justice Department Won’t Force New York Times Reporter James Risen to Reveal Source

Reporter James Risen

By Pete Williams
NBC News

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder has decided against forcing a reporter for The New York Times to reveal the identity of a confidential source, according to a senior Justice Department official.

The reporter, James Risen, has been battling for years to stop prosecutors from forcing him to name his source for a book that revealed a CIA effort to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The government wanted Risen’s testimony in the trial of a former CIA official, Jeffrey Sterling, accused of leaking classified information.

But now, according to the Justice Department official, Holder has directed that Risen must not be required to reveal “information about the identity of his source.”

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Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover

Former FBI Agent Defends Torture Following Scathing Senate Report

James Davis

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Davis, a 25-year veteran of the FBI who headed the Denver office and served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said the brutal interrogation techniques outlined by the Senate’s torture report were appropriate to keep the U.S. safe.

“In the FBI, we build relationships on a rapport with the detainees that’s built over a long period of time,” Davis told KDVR.com in Denver. “After 9/11, we didn’t feel like we had much time. I think that the guys that were using those techniques believed them to be legal and believed them to be necessary to keep the country safe.”

Davis dismissed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report as partisan and disagreed with the findings.

“I’ll never say never, but to say that this never produced actionable intelligence is probably not true,” Davis said. “Starting those interviews, the people they were talking to were not providing information so something had to happen to get them to start providing that information.”

FBI Blamed for Demise of Hedge Funds Following Failed Insider Trading Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investors can be a skittish bunch.

When they heard of the federal government’s suspicions of insider trading involving two hedge funds, Level Global Investors and Diamond Capital Management, they fled and the funds shut down, the New York Times reports.

On Wednesday, the two men found guilty of insider trading, Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson, were vindicated when a federal appeals court overturned their convictions.

The found of Level Global, David Ganek, blamed the FBI for the hedge fund’s demise.

“For the dozens of my high-integrity colleagues at Level Global who lost their jobs and their reputations because the F.B.I. improperly raided our firm in this now-discredited fishing expedition, today’s legal vindication is a reminder of how prosecutorial recklessness has real impact on real people,” Mr. Ganek said in a statement sent by a spokesman.

Newman and Chiasson were found guilty by a jury two years of ago of conspiring to earn millions of dollars making taxes based on inside secrets.

 

Study: Only 20% of Sexual Assaults on College Campuses Are Reported to Police

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Only one of five campus sexual assaults are reported to police, according to a new Justice Department report, PBS reports.

The reasons victims didn’t alert police range from fear of reprisal to believing the crime doesn’t rise to the level of police involvement.

The findings are based on figures from the National Crime Victimization Survey from 1995 to 2013.

Peter Lake, a law professor at Stetson University College of Law who conducts training for colleges on the topic, said some students “don’t know what their legal rights are.”

Border Patrol Agents Would Be Given 3 Overtime Options Under Bill Awaiting President’s Signature

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A bill awaiting President Obama’s signature would give Border Patrol agents three overtime options in an effort to cut payroll costs, the Washington Post reports.

The “Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime” would be replaced with a system designed to save what amounts to an average 80% reduction in overtime pay.

The House of Representatives unanimously supported the measure on Wednesday.

“The current pay system simply is not in alignment with the demands our border security places on our agents, and the mission has suffered as a result,” said American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr. “This reform is absolutely crucial for bringing stability and predictability to Border Patrol pay and will make a huge, positive contribution to our agents’ ability to provide the most effective border security.”

The old system, which was meant to compensate officers whose obligations in the field required them to stay extra hours, was abused, The Post wrote.

Under the new system, officers can work 100 hours per pay period, about two weeks, and receive an annual 25 percent pay boost, work 90 hours and receive an annual 12.5 increase or work no overtime.

Justice Department: Indian Tribes Can Begin Selling, Growing Marijuana

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Indian tribes are now allowed to grow and sell marijuana on their sovereign lands under the same federal guidelines that apply to four states where pot is legal for recreational use, the Justice Department announced Thursday, Bloomberg reports.

The Justice Department said federal laws banning marijuana will no longer be enforced.

“The tribes have the sovereign right to set the code on their reservations,” said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General’s Subcommittee on Native American Issues.

The decision to legalize marijuana will ultimately fall on tribal governments.

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