Carrie Johnson http://publicradioeast.org en Justice Dept. Declines To Step Into Dispute Between CIA And Senators http://publicradioeast.org/post/justice-dept-declines-step-dispute-between-cia-and-senators The Justice Department has declined to bring criminal charges against anyone at the CIA or the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a dispute over access to sensitive materials on enhanced interrogations. The power struggle relates to a long-running Senate probe over the mistreatment of detainees after Sept. 11. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 46072 at http://publicradioeast.org No Criminal Charges In Senate-CIA Spat, Justice Department Says http://publicradioeast.org/post/no-criminal-charges-senate-cia-spat-justice-department-says The Justice Department has declined to bring criminal charges against anyone at the CIA or the Senate Intelligence Committee in a dispute over access to documents about the enhanced interrogation program the U.S. deployed against detainees after the attacks of Sept. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:32:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 46054 at http://publicradioeast.org No Criminal Charges In Senate-CIA Spat, Justice Department Says In Oslo, Attorney General Warns Syria May Be A Cradle Of Terrorism http://publicradioeast.org/post/oslo-attorney-general-warns-syria-may-be-cradle-terrorism In a speech in Oslo, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged European partners to do more to find and disrupt plans of would-be terrorists who head to Syria — and, once trained, might return to the West. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 45863 at http://publicradioeast.org Case Against Benghazi Suspect Is Complex, Justice Department Says http://publicradioeast.org/post/case-against-benghazi-suspect-complex-justice-department-says The Justice Department says its case against a man accused in the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is unusually complex and involves "novel questions of fact and law."<p>In a Washington, D.C., federal courtroom Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiLorenzo said the government had already begun sharing sensitive documents with defense attorneys. But many of the hundreds of people interviewed by the FBI remain overseas, and many documents are either top secret or in Arabic, or both. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 45852 at http://publicradioeast.org Case Against Benghazi Suspect Is Complex, Justice Department Says Benghazi Suspect Spends A Day In Court http://publicradioeast.org/post/benghazi-suspect-spends-day-court Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Well, now the latest on the Benghazi case - the man accused in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Libya, which killed four Americans, appeared in federal court. At the end of a brief hearing, a judge ordered Ahmed Abu Khattala to remain in federal custody. And prosecutors outlined some new details about the violent events that night in September 2012, and of Khattala's alleged role in them. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson was in the courtroom and she's here with us now to talk about the case. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 45431 at http://publicradioeast.org Supreme Court Deals A Blow To Unions, But It's Not Quite Mortal http://publicradioeast.org/post/supreme-court-deals-blow-unions-its-not-quite-mortal Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Two big decisions on the last day of the Supreme Court's term today. In one, the justices limited the mandate for insurance coverage of contraception in the new healthcare law. We'll have more on that elsewhere on the program. Also the Court handed a defeat to public employee unions, ruling that home care aides in Illinois may not be forced to pay fees to support collective bargaining. Still, the 5 to 4 decision, along ideological lines, could have been even worse for big labor. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 45256 at http://publicradioeast.org Small But Steady Downward Trend In U.S. Executions http://publicradioeast.org/post/small-steady-downward-trend-us-executions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Here's a little-noticed fact about the death penalty. We've heard a big debate about how to execute people - lethal injection, electric chair, firing squad. That debate obscures a little-noticed fact - the number of people executed by any method is way down in the United States in recent years. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has been covering this story. She's in our studios. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:59:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 45197 at http://publicradioeast.org Report Questions U.S. Policy On Overseas Drone Strikes http://publicradioeast.org/post/report-questions-us-policy-overseas-drone-strikes U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 44875 at http://publicradioeast.org Report Questions U.S. Policy On Overseas Drone Strikes Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back http://publicradioeast.org/post/murdered-voting-advocates-brother-wants-protections-back One year ago, the Supreme Court threw out a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law gave the federal government a kind of veto power over voting arrangements in states with a history of discrimination. Now, without those protections, civil rights activists say many states are moving polling places and enacting laws that disproportionately hurt minorities.<p>This week, they're turning to Congress for help. Consider David Goodman, who stands on a patch of grass outside the U.S. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 44801 at http://publicradioeast.org Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back In 'Drone Memo,' A Step Toward Transparency On Targeting Americans http://publicradioeast.org/post/drone-memo-step-toward-transparency-targeting-americans On Monday, a federal court made public a long-secret memo that lays out the Obama administration's legal justification for killing an American citizen in a drone strike. The memo, which concerns the 2011 killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki, says that the man presented an imminent threat to the United States. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 44674 at http://publicradioeast.org Overtime System At Customs And Border Protection Investigated http://publicradioeast.org/post/overtime-system-customs-and-border-protection-investigated Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Whistle-blowers at U.S. Customs and Border Protection say employees there are abusing an overtime program designed for law enforcement emergencies. A federal watchdog says even desk workers in the agency have been claiming routine overtime every day and that is costing taxpayers $40 million a year. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: The program known as Administratively Uncontrolled Overtime - or AUO - dates back 40 years. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 44160 at http://publicradioeast.org FBI Director Comey Looks Ahead To His Next Nine Years http://publicradioeast.org/post/fbi-director-comey-looks-ahead-his-next-nine-years FBI Director Jim Comey brushed back a dark curtain last Thursday morning and emerged to greet his audience, <em>Tonight Show</em> style.<p>"I feel like a talk show host," Comey told a group of new recruits, the first hired on his watch since he joined the FBI nine months ago.<p>The FBI director serves for a decade, longer than the president who appointed him, and longer than any other member of the national security establishment. That tenure's designed to insulate the FBI from political influence. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 43473 at http://publicradioeast.org FBI Director Comey Looks Ahead To His Next Nine Years Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance http://publicradioeast.org/post/prison-rape-law-decade-old-most-states-not-compliance The clock is ticking on a decade-long effort to prevent sexual violence inside American prisons. In a recent survey, the vast majority of states said they will try to comply with federal rules. But several others, led by Texas, have protested to the Justice Department.<p>Jan Lastocy served 15 months in a Michigan prison for attempted embezzlement — her first brush with the law. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 43361 at http://publicradioeast.org Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance One Year Later, Snowden Still Evades U.S. Charges http://publicradioeast.org/post/one-year-later-snowden-still-evades-us-charges Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. A year ago today, one of the country's most sensitive national security programs was dragged out of the shadows. U.S. government had managed to keep the massive phone surveillance program a secret for more than a decade after 9/11. And then former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began to share with reporters documents he had taken from the agency. Snowden went on the run, ending up in Russia where he's found temporary asylum. In a moment, the impact of his revelations on the tech industry. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 43244 at http://publicradioeast.org Justice Department Renews Focus On Homegrown Terrorists http://publicradioeast.org/post/justice-department-renews-focus-homegrown-terrorists The U.S. has devoted billions of dollars to fighting terrorism overseas in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks.<p>The Justice Department is increasingly warning about the danger posed by radicals on American soil, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants prosecutors and FBI agents to devote more attention to the threat.<p>Nearly two decades ago, after the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people, the Justice Department launched a group to fight domestic terrorism.<p>That group was set to meet on Sept. 11, 2001, but the meeting got canceled and the idea shelved as the U.S. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 42993 at http://publicradioeast.org House Vote Aims To Derail DOJ Processing Of Clemency Petitions http://publicradioeast.org/post/house-vote-aims-derail-doj-processing-clemency-petitions The House of Representatives has voted to prohibit the Justice Department from hiring more attorneys to deal with thousands of backlogged clemency petitions in a bid to block one of the Obama administration's top criminal justice priorities.<p>In a vote Thursday evening, House lawmakers blessed the fiscal year 2015 spending bill for the departments of Commerce, Justice and State. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 42771 at http://publicradioeast.org Criminal Records Keep Creating Obstacles Long After Incarceration http://publicradioeast.org/post/criminal-records-keep-creating-obstacles-long-after-incarceration Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa block. More than 65 million Americans have some kind of rap sheet. That's more than one in four adults. Criminal records follow people for the rest of their lives, and those black marks can hurt chances for housing and employment. Well today a new report says it's time to start thinking about forgiveness. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 42680 at http://publicradioeast.org Holder Urges Prosecutors To Back Criminal Justice Changes http://publicradioeast.org/post/holder-urges-prosecutors-back-criminal-justice-changes Attorney General Eric Holder took his case for overhauling the criminal justice system to an unlikely location on Wednesday — a closed-door conference of prosecutors, who were meeting at their national training center in Columbia, South Carolina.<br /> <br /> According to a person familiar with Holder's unpublicized remarks, Holder urged an audience of criminal division chiefs from U.S. Attorney's offices to support Smart on Crime initiatives that would reduce some drug sentences and to open up the clemency process to hundreds of inmates with clean records in prison.<br /> Thu, 29 May 2014 00:43:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 42595 at http://publicradioeast.org A Year On, What's Changed (And What Hasn't) On Drone Oversight http://publicradioeast.org/post/year-whats-changed-and-what-hasnt-drone-oversight Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The ability to monitor remotely is one hallmark of the post 9/11 world. Another is the ability to kill remotely. It's what the drone has made possible. But now the practice known as targeted killing may become harder to veil in secrecy. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: One year ago in that speech at the National Defense University, President Obama defended his use of drones as legal and effective. Fri, 23 May 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 42203 at http://publicradioeast.org New DOJ Policy Urges Agents To Videotape Interrogations http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-doj-policy-urges-agents-videotape-interrogations Senior Justice Department officials have quietly notified U.S. attorneys and federal agents that they're establishing "a presumption" that agents will electronically record statements made by individuals in their custody.<p>In a memo obtained by NPR, Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole strongly encourages agents to videotape suspects in custody before they appear in front of a judge or magistrate on federal charges. The memo says FBI special agents in charge of field offices or U.S. Wed, 21 May 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 41995 at http://publicradioeast.org New DOJ Policy Urges Agents To Videotape Interrogations