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May 29, 2013

House Republicans assail Eric Holder on leak testimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Republican lawmakers asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to clarify testimony he gave Congress this month about his role in the targeting of journalists in a leak probe.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and colleague James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin sent a letter to Holder saying recent media reports “appear to be at odds with your sworn testimony.”

May 29, 2013

Republicans challenge U.S. attorney general on leak testimony

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – Two Republican lawmakers
asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to clarify
testimony he gave Congress this month about his role in the
targeting of journalists in a leak probe.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia
and colleague James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin sent a letter to
Holder saying recent media reports “appear to be at odds with
your sworn testimony.”

May 24, 2013

U.S. Justice Department defends journalist email search

WASHINGTON, May 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department
said on Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder and other
senior officials vetted a decision to search an email account
belonging to a Fox News reporter whose story on North Korea
prompted a leak investigation.

In a statement, the department said the search warrant for
the reporter’s email account followed all laws and policies and
won the independent approval of a federal magistrate judge.

May 23, 2013

Lawsuits seek more than U.S. acknowledgement of drone killings

WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is
facing demands in court to reveal more about the U.S. drone
program, despite his speech addressing it on Thursday and his
government’s acknowledgement a day earlier that four Americans
have died in drone strikes.

Civil liberties advocates, news organizations and the
families of those who died have brought lawsuits in New York,
Washington and Oakland, California, challenging the government’s
refusal to provide information.

May 22, 2013

U.S. acknowledges killing four Americans in drone strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government formally acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that it had killed four Americans, including militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who died in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.

Attorney General Eric Holder named the dead U.S. citizens in a letter to members of Congress a day before President Barack Obama is expected to promise more transparency on national security issues in a speech on counterterrorism.

May 21, 2013

U.S. court rules bin Laden death photos can stay secret

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. government had properly classified top secret more than 50 images of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden taken after his death, and that the government did not need to release them.

The unanimous ruling by three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a request for the images by a conservative nonprofit watchdog group.

May 21, 2013

Court rules bin Laden death photos can stay secret

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. government had properly classified top secret more than 50 images of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden taken after his death, and that the government did not need to release them.

The unanimous ruling by three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a request for the images by a conservative nonprofit watchdog group.

May 15, 2013

Lawmakers accuse Obama administration of abusing free speech rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers accused the Obama administration on Wednesday of trampling on free speech rights and evading questions about the Justice Department’s secret seizure of Associated Press telephone records.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, testifying before a House of Representatives panel, provided limited responses on the issue, noting he had been recused from the probe into a government leak that led to the records seizure.

May 15, 2013

Once a beacon, Obama under fire over civil liberties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – He may have been the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He may have written a book extolling constitutional values in a democracy. And he may have run for president on a civil liberties banner, pledging to reverse the legacy of George W. Bush.

But as U.S. president for the last 4-1/2 years, Barack Obama has faced accusation after accusation of impinging on civil liberties, disappointing his liberal Democratic base and providing fodder for rival Republicans as he deals with the realities of office.

May 15, 2013

Analysis: Once a beacon, Obama under fire over civil liberties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – He may have been the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He may have written a book extolling constitutional values in a democracy. And he may have run for president on a civil liberties banner, pledging to reverse the legacy of George W. Bush.

But as U.S. president for the last 4-1/2 years, Barack Obama has faced accusation after accusation of impinging on civil liberties, disappointing his liberal Democratic base and providing fodder for rival Republicans as he deals with the realities of office.