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Forget Your Feelings About Trump, Say Allies of NSA Whistleblower, ‘Snowden Pardon Would Be a Major Win’

After President Donald Trump suggested in an interview published Thursday night by the New York Post that he is open to pardoning Edward Snowden, civil liberties advocates issued a fresh wave of calls urging the president to following through and allow the American whistleblower to return to the United States. The U.S.-based Freedom of the …

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Further Escalating Tensions, Trump Administration Seizes Alleged Iranian Fuel Bound for Venezuela

In an escalation of President Donald Trump’s sanction regimes against Iran and Venezuela, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the U.S. has for the first time confiscated cargo from four ships that federal prosecutors allege were transporting 1.1 million barrels of Iranian gasoline to the South American country. The seizure, confirmed Friday by the …

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Citing Fears of a Defeated Trump Who Won’t Go Willingly, Warren Calls on Cabinet Officials to End Deployment of Federal Agents Against Protests

Specifically citing President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to leaving office if he is defeated in November as a potential flashpoint for nationwide demonstrations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday sent a letter to four senior Cabinet officials asking them to commit to not deploying any more federal agents to quell domestic protests either before or …

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Real Answers Demanded After Barr Dodges on Government Authority to Aim ‘Intrusive Surveillance Tools’ at Protesters

An exchange about government spying powers between Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Attorney General William Barr during a Tuesday House Judiciary Committee hearing prompted calls for an immediate explanation from the Trump administration about the legal basis for using advanced surveillance techniques on protesters nationwide. Lofgren, a California Democrat, explained in a series of tweets that …

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Trump Threat to Unleash Secret Police in Other US Cities Slammed as Scheme to ‘Steal the November Election’

Amid mounting criticism over the deployment of unidentified federal agents to Portland, Oregon—where they have been driving around in unmarked vehicles and snatching people off the streets—civil liberties advocates are increasingly concerned that President Donald Trump will similarly send “secret police” to other Democrat-led cites across the country as part of a 2020 campaign strategy …

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‘The Suspect Can’t Be the Investigator’: ACLU Demands Special Counsel Probe Into Barr Over Police Assault on Protesters

The ACLU is demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate a violent police assault last month on peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators near the White House—a crackdown reportedly ordered by Attorney General William Barr. “A full, independent investigation now is necessary to hold him and any other officials who may be responsible for …

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Citing Likelihood of ‘Extreme Pain and Needless Suffering,’ US Judge Halts Resumption of Federal Executions

This is a developing story… Please check back for possible updates… A U.S. district judge on Monday temporarily blocked the Trump administration from resuming federal executions after a 17-year informal break—a decision that came mere hours before inmate Daniel Lewis Lee was set to be killed by lethal injection at the prison in Terry Haute, …

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Federal Court Rules Trump Effort to Detain Man Indefinitely Without Charges ‘Cannot Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny’

A federal court on Monday ordered the release of Adham Hassoun, a man held in U.S custody for nearly two decades and who the Trump administration has attempted to indefinitely detain since 2017 using a never-before-used section of the PATRIOT Act. “The government in this case has shown that it will ignore facts, conceal contradictory …

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‘I Have Not Resigned,’ Says Federal Attorney After AG Barr Tries to Oust Him

Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York whose tenure included investigations into a number of allies of President Donald Trump, said Friday night that he has “no intention of resigning” after he said he learned of his attempted ousting in a press release from Attorney General William Barr. The federal …

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‘I Have Not Resigned,’ Says Federal Judge After AG Barr Tries to Oust Him

Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York whose tenure included investigations into a number of allies of President Donald Trump, said Friday night that he has “no intention of resigning” after he said he learned of his attempted ousting in a press release from Attorney General William Barr. The federal …

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‘As Incoherent as It Is Dangerous’: Trump Threatens to Designate Antifa—Which Isn’t an Actual Group—as Terrorist Organization

Civil liberties advocates and progressive voices threw up immediate flags of alarm on Sunday afternoon after President Donald Trump threatened to officially designate “ANTIFA”—a moniker that stands for anti-fascist but is not, as informed people were forced to point out, an actual organization—as a “terrorist organization.” In recent years, the term ANTIFA has become a …

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‘Long Overdue’: Antitrust Cases Reportedly Brewing Against Google at State and Federal Level

Anti-monopoly groups are celebrating news that the Justice Department and state attorneys general are investigating online behemoth Google for possible antitrust cases. “An antitrust case against Google is long overdue, said Sarah Miller, executive director of the Economic Liberties Project. “We hope that state attorneys general and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division address the …

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If This ‘Doesn’t Give You Chills I Don’t Know What Will’: McConnell Patriot Act Expansion Would Hand AG Barr Unprecedented Spy Powers

Sen. Ron Wyden was joined by privacy advocates Wednesday in forcefully condemning a new proposed amendment to the PATRIOT Act put forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would greatly expand the U.S. attorney general’s surveillance powers under FISA. McConnell’s amendment, which the Senate began debating Wednesday as lawmakers took up the reauthorization of the …

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House Democrats Call on Inspector General to Investigate “Improper Political Interference” of Barr’s DOJ

Amid growing public calls by outside watchdogs and other lawmakers for the resignation or possible impeachment of U.S. Attorney General William Barr, members of the House Judiciary Committee late Friday afternoon called on Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to open an official probe into the politicization of the DOJ under Barr’s leadership. In a …

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‘A Cancer on Justice in This Nation’: Fresh Demand for Barr’s Resignation—or Impeachment—After Flynn Charges Dropped

Fresh demands for the resignation or impeachment of U.S. Attorney General William Barr have started stacking up since the Department of Justice on Thursday dropped its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, which critics have condemned as a decision designed to politically benefit President Donald Trump. “We are a nation of laws yet …

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