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March 13, 2014
Certain types of cases result in too many Americans going to prison for far too long, and at times for no truly good public safety reason.
Attorney General Eric Holder • While outlining a new proposal to the U.S. Sentencing Commission that would drastically reduce the amount of jail time being served by non-violent drug offenders. The changes include an 15 month reduction in the mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for felony crack and cocaine possession charges, and the combined changes should reduce the average drug offender’s period of incarceration by 17 percent. source
18:24 // 4 months ago
August 22, 2013
15:44 // 11 months ago
August 12, 2013
We must never stop being tough on crime. But we must also be smarter on crime. Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no good law-enforcement reason … Although incarceration has a role to play in our justice system, widespread incarceration at the federal, state and local levels is both ineffective and unsustainable.
Attorney General Eric Holder • Calling upon the Department of Justice to change the way it files charges against non-violent drug offenders, by withholding drug quantities when filing reports; effectively allowing prosecutors and judges to sidestep existing federal minimum sentencing laws in an effort to curtail ever-growing inmate populations. Holder is expected to make the statement in front of the American Bar Association on Monday, according to prepared remarks given to the press. source
14:21 // 11 months ago
July 16, 2013
18:04 // 1 year ago
May 30, 2013
jcstearns:

Background: DoJ wants these meetings on press freedom to be off the record. the NYTimes and AP said they wouldn’t attend an off the record meeting.
The tweet above was the response from the communications director for the Democratic Party.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/eric-holder-new-york-times-off-the-record_n_3355251.html

Woodhouse is rightfully getting slammed on Twitter for this comment.

jcstearns:

Background: DoJ wants these meetings on press freedom to be off the record. the NYTimes and AP said they wouldn’t attend an off the record meeting.

The tweet above was the response from the communications director for the Democratic Party.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/eric-holder-new-york-times-off-the-record_n_3355251.html

Woodhouse is rightfully getting slammed on Twitter for this comment.

1:04 // 1 year ago
May 22, 2013
The American people are owed a full explanation of how [Abdulrahman al-Awlaki] wound up dead. ‘We weren’t trying to kill the 16-year-old American we blew up’ isn’t sufficient explanation.
The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf on Eric Holder’s letter to Congress, in which Holder acknowledged that the Obama administrated has killed four US citizens via drone stroke—only one of whom was actually being targeted. source
22:53 // 1 year ago
The first page of the letter from Attorney General Eric Holder revealing that Americans have been killed in counterterrorism operations. Click to read more.

The first page of the letter from Attorney General Eric Holder revealing that Americans have been killed in counterterrorism operations. Click to read more.

17:12 // 1 year ago
May 14, 2013
It put the American people at risk and that is not hyperbole. Trying to determine who was responsible required very aggressive action.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder • Defending the Department of Justice’s decision to collect roughly two months worth of various Associated Press employees’ work and personal phone records as part of a criminal investigation. The DoJ is apparently investigating a leak which occured last year, revealing the existence of a failed plot to bomb a U.S. plane, during a time when the Obama Administration insisted the U.S. government was unaware of any terror attacks which might be planned to coincide with the annviersary of Osama bin Laden’s death. source
15:47 // 1 year ago
May 13, 2013
There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.
Associated Press President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt • In a letter, sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, denouncing the Justice Department’s decision to acquire the phone records of AP journalists as well as a number of the wire service’s offices over a two-month period. The move came as a result of a 2012 AP story which leaked the news of a foiled attack on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. The move, which followed the Obama administration’s general policy of trying to shut down leaks, nonetheless was disowned by the White House. “We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “Any questions about an ongoing criminal investigation should be directed to the Department of Justice.” The move has been condemned by many journalists.
22:22 // 1 year ago
March 7, 2013
kohenari:


Rand Paul’s 12+ hour filibuster about drones gets a succinct 43-word response.

Your cafe experience is safe, friends.

This may be the shortest letter ever written by a government official.

kohenari:

Rand Paul’s 12+ hour filibuster about drones gets a succinct 43-word response.

Your cafe experience is safe, friends.

This may be the shortest letter ever written by a government official.

(Source: think-progress)

14:15 // 1 year ago