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Invoking state secrets may be harder for U.S. under proposal

Lawmakers from both parties introduced legislation in the House and Senate on Wednesday aimed at limiting the U.S. Justice Department’s ability to invoke national security to block lawsuits accusing the government of misconduct. The measures would bolster the power of ...

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Holder becomes attorney general with pledge to restore morale

Eric H. Holder, a career federal prosecutor, judge and Washington lawyer, was sworn in Tuesday as the U.S.’s first black attorney general with a pledge to revitalize the Justice Department. Holder, addressing cheering department employees prior to his swearing-in, said ...

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‘Pinkos’ back in, ‘right-thinking Americans’ out

Like many young idealists, Bradley Schlozman aimed to make a difference in government. Overseeing the U.S. Justice Department’s civil-rights division, he dedicated himself to making sure he hired “right-thinking Americans” instead of the sort of “politburo members” and “pinkos” who ...

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Holder says waterboarding is torture

Attorney General-designate Eric Holder called waterboarding a form of illegal torture and promised to restore the credibility of a Justice Department he described as "badly shaken" by "improper political interference." At Senate confirmation hearings, Holder signaled that President-elect Barack Obama will suspend military tribunals used to try suspected war criminals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The tribunals must be "substantially revamped" to provide defendants with more due process and ensure fair treatment for suspects, he said.

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