ACLU FOIAs CIA for Documents on Juan Cole

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 9:39 am

The ACLU has just FOIAed the CIA and Director of National Intelligence for any information on Juan Cole. It asks for, e-mails, letters, faxes, or other correspondence, memoranda, contemporaneous notes of meetings or phone calls, reports or any other material relating to the gathering, collecting, copying, collating, generating or other use of information and material [...]

Government: Risen Shouldn’t Be Able to Reveal We Want(ed) to Trump Up War against Iran

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 6:16 am

The government has now responded to Risen’s attempt to quash his subpoena in the Jeffrey Sterling case. I fear the government will succeed in at least getting Risen to the stand, not least because of the gimmicks they’ve used to claim they need information not protected by any confidentiality agreement Risen might have had with [...]

William Welch’s Gimmick and the Harassment of James Risen

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 4:22 pm

As Josh Gerstein reports, Leonie Brinkema has unsealed her November 2010 ruling quashing the government’s subpoena of James Risen to testify before the grand jury. Gerstain describes several interesting details revealed in the ruling–including that the government withheld information, including details surrounding the 2005 testimony of, apparently, a Senate staffer. Go check out those details. [...]

James Risen’s Community of Interest

By: Monday June 27, 2011 4:52 am

I’ll probably have several things to say about the James Risen filings of the past week. But for the moment, I wanted to focus on his assertions about the government’s access of his phone records. Remember, these assertions are not new: Josh Gerstein reported them in February. Risen said the government never notified him that [...]

Government Subpoenas James Risen for the Third Time

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 8:57 am

The government appears to hope three time’s a charm. The last two times they subpoenaed James Risen in the case of Jeffrey Sterling, Judge Leonie Brinkema quashed the subpoena. But they’re trying again, this time to get him to testify at Sterling’s trial. It appears likely they planned to do this all along and crafted [...]

William Welch and DOJ’s Mojo Is Not Risen

By: Friday April 8, 2011 2:49 pm

DOJ and Willilam Welch have a problem in their case against ex CIA spook Jeffrey Feldman for his alleged leaks to Jim Risen of the New York Times.

Did FBI First Request James Risen’s Phone Records Using the CAU Program?

By: Friday February 25, 2011 2:25 pm

In Josh Gerstein’s report on DOJ’s collection of James Risen’s phone and business records, he quotes University of Minnesota law professor Jane Kirtley saying that the government doesn’t give reporters notice when it collects telephone or business records on them. Kirtley also said journalists often aren’t notified when the government asks telecom companies, banks or [...]

The Business Records and Classified (?) Emails of James Risen

By: Friday February 25, 2011 6:55 am

Jeffrey Sterling’s lawyers are throwing a number of interesting theories against the wall. In a filing demanding a bill of particulars (and presumably ultimately supporting a greymail defense),they demand to know which “defense information” is tied to each count of leaking or possessing such information, arguing that they need to know that to prevent double [...]

Did DOJ Subpoena Ex-Spook’s Lawyer to Discredit Any Whistleblower Motive?

By: Monday January 24, 2011 2:57 pm

Via Jeff Stein, the St. Louis Beacon reports that DOJ not only (unsuccessfully) subpoenaed James Risen in their pursuit of alleged MERLIN source Jeffrey Sterling, but they successfully subpoenaed Sterling’s one-time lawyer, Mark Zaid. Mark Zaid, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who handles national security cases, was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury to discuss [...]

Did John Brennan Have a Role in DOJ’s Decision to Prosecute Jeffrey Sterling?

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 2:27 pm

John Brennan apparently plays an interesting role in the events surrounding Jeffrey Sterling, whom DOJ indicted for allegedly leaking details of the MERLIN program to James Risen. James Risen first wrote about Sterling–profiling his employment discrimination suit–in March 2002. In it, Risen quotes then CIA Deputy Executive Director John Brennan, denying that Sterling was dismissed [...]

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