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Jul 16, 2013

U.S. case against Zimmerman would require proof of racial malice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For all the complex issues raised by the death of Trayvon Martin, whether the U.S. Justice Department turns it into a civil rights case may depend on the relatively simple question of whether George Zimmerman was motivated by racism when he pulled the trigger.

Unless federal prosecutors can present new evidence that suggests racial malice motivated Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, to shoot Martin, an unarmed black teenager, they are unlikely to pursue charges, lawyers with expertise in civil rights said on Monday.

Jul 16, 2013

U.S. attorney general calls shooting of Trayvon Martin ‘unnecessary’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin “unnecessary,” raising questions about whether he believed the shooter, George Zimmerman, acted in self-defense.

A jury in Sanford, Florida, on Saturday found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter after a three-week trial in which defense lawyers argued that Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, shot Martin in self-defense.

Jul 15, 2013

Attorney General Holder calls shooting of Trayvon Martin ‘unnecessary’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin “unnecessary,” raising questions about whether he believed the shooter, George Zimmerman, acted in self-defense.

A jury in Sanford, Florida, found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter after a three-week trial in which defense lawyers argued that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot Martin in self-defense.

Jun 26, 2013

U.S. accuses Hong Kong of using pretext to not hand over Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday accused Hong Kong of having feigned confusion over Edward Snowden’s middle name so as not to detain the former U.S. intelligence contractor before he fled to Russia.

Hong Kong responded to the U.S. demand for Snowden’s arrest on espionage charges by asking for a clarification of Snowden’s middle name, a U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman said.

Jun 25, 2013

Questions turn to U.S. competence in Snowden saga

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has spent the past few weeks arguing it can wield power responsibly after Edward Snowden unveiled its sweeping spying programs. Now the administration must prove it can wield power effectively.

As the 30-year-old leads the world’s lone superpower on a global game of hide and seek, U.S. government officials faced questions about whether they had botched the effort to extradite Snowden from Hong Kong to face charges related to his leak of classified information.

Jun 25, 2013

Analysis: Questions turn to U.S. competence in Snowden saga

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has spent the past few weeks arguing it can wield power responsibly after Edward Snowden unveiled its sweeping spying programs. Now the administration must prove it can wield power effectively.

As the 30-year-old leads the world’s lone superpower on a global game of hide and seek, U.S. government officials faced questions about whether they had botched the effort to extradite Snowden from Hong Kong to face charges related to his leak of classified information.

Jun 19, 2013

FBI says it uses surveillance drones on U.S. soil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States uses drones for surveillance in some limited law enforcement situations, FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday, sparking additional debate about President Barack Obama’s use of domestic surveillance.

The acknowledgement came in response to questions from U.S. senators who said they wanted to know more about the federal government’s increasing use of unmanned aircraft.

Jun 19, 2013

As Tea Party rallies, FBI says IRS probe a top priority

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than a dozen FBI agents are assigned to a criminal probe into Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative political groups, FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday.

“It’s a high-priority investigation and it needs to be handled with care, but it also needs to be pushed aggressively,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing.

Jun 17, 2013

Two men with international ties added to FBI ‘most wanted’ list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI added two people on Monday to its list of most-wanted fugitives: a Mexican laborer accused of killing a woman in Louisiana and a former U.S. university professor charged with committing sex crimes in the Philippines.

The FBI is offering $100,000 for information leading to the arrests of the men, who are the 499th and 500th fugitives to be featured on the Ten Most Wanted list.

Jun 13, 2013

FBI says U.S. will hold Snowden responsible for NSA leaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Thursday that authorities would move aggressively to track down Edward Snowden and hold him accountable for leaking the details of extensive and top-secret U.S. surveillance efforts.

Mueller confirmed that a criminal investigation had been launched into the leaks and said public reports about the National Security Agency’s efforts to monitor Internet and phone data had hurt U.S. national security.