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Thursday, February 01, 2018

In their political afterlife, former politicians and their staffers are hoarding unspent campaign donations for years and using them to finance their lifestyle, advance their new careers and pay family members, an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times, 10News WTSP and TEGNA-owned TV stations found. Their spending makes a mockery of one of the fundamental principles of America's campaign finance laws: Donations must be spent only on politics, not politicians' personal lives. read more


Friday, December 15, 2017

The land agents started working the border between Texas and Mexico in the spring of 2007. Sometimes they were representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other times they were officers from the U.S. Border Patrol, uniformed in green, guns tucked into side holsters. They visited tumbledown mobile homes and suburban houses with golf course views. They surveyed farms fecund with sugar cane, cotton and sorghum growing by the mud-brown Rio Grande. They delivered their blunt news to ranchers and farmers, sheet metal workers and university professors, auto mechanics and wealthy developers.


Friday, December 08, 2017

Michael T. Slager, the white police officer whose video-recorded killing of an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, S.C., starkly illustrated the turmoil over racial bias in American policing, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, after the judge in the case said he viewed the shooting as a murder. The sentence, which was within the range of federal guidelines, was pronounced in Federal District Court in Charleston about seven months after Slager pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of Walter L. Scott when he shot and killed him in April 2015. The case against Slager is one of the few instances in which a police officer has been prosecuted for an on-duty shooting.


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The House Intelligence Committee in action.

Transcript: House Intelligence Committee Meeting Regarding the Nunes Memo

www.lawfareblog.com

Why as a scan rather than an electronic format, perhaps a pdf? So the public can't copy and paste their remarks?

#9

Gal, here's another one that puts this whole mess in a larger perspective. Regarding Nunes specifically and also Jeff's point,

And then there is the Nunes memorandum. This is a fluid situation. I put myself in the camp with those who are suspicious of Nunes' motives and competence and commitment to fair-minded oversight, based on his performance to date. The manner in which he created his notorious memorandum, and his original threat to release it without Executive branch review, was (as the Trump DOJ noted) "extraordinarily reckless." That said, the Intelligence Committee is charged with overseeing the foreign intelligence surveillance process and with DOJ counterintelligence investigations more broadly. It has been a dysfunctional and political committee engaged in dysfunctional and politicized oversight. But it has every right to look at the the DOJ/FBI performance, and enormous discretion to report what it finds to the public. The Intelligence Committees are subject to the same pathologies as the executive branch institutions they oversee, and Nunes's antics have ensured that his committee's oversight in his context cannot happen in an orderly fashion. And so it will happen in a disorderly way. Publication of the Nunes memorandum may skew our understanding of how the Russia investigation originated and was pursued, at least in the short term. And it will harm U.S. national security if it results in revelation of intelligence means and sources. I don't want to understate the short-term and possibly medium-term damage that it might do in the current political environment. But while Nunes is exceeding the limits of propriety here, he is also opening himself up to what will be enormous critical scrutiny of his actions. If past is prologue, that will not end well for him. And if past is not prologue, then perhaps Nunes has something to say. We will see. The larger point is that the country will eventually have a full accounting of the operation of the FBI/FISA process related to the Russia investigation, and of representative Nunes' role.
Independence and Accountability at the Department of Justice

www.lawfareblog.com

#5

Gal, here's a couple more.

The Dubious Legal Claim Behind #ReleaseTheMemo https://www.lawfareblog.com/dubious-legal-claim-behind-releasethememo

This is a scandal, the argument runs, because it means the application was fraudulent. Because Steele was funded by Democrats, his reports were just unreliable opposition research designed to make Trump and his associates look bad. And if the FISA application was based on Steele's unreliable research, and DOJ never told that to the FISA Court, then DOJ misled the court and the court should not have issued the warrant.

As a Fourth Amendment nerd, it seems to me that the premise of #ReleaseTheMemo is pretty dubious. The apparent idea is that the failure to adequately document the funding behind Steele's work is a huge deal and a fraud on the court. But as a matter of law, that seems pretty unlikely to me. When federal judges have faced similar claims in litigation, they have mostly rejected them out of hand. And when courts have been receptive to such claims, it has been because of specific facts that are likely outside the scope of the memo that will be released.

How to Handle an Intelligence Committee Chairman Gone Rogue https://www.lawfareblog.com/how-handle-intelligence-committee-chairman-gone-rogue

The rule used by Nunes is equally available to Schiff. Rules that were written in the 70's but never before been used. www.lawfareblog.com

Schiff should have followed the exact same process as Nunes at the exact same time. He wouldn't be left with his pants down if he had.

Even if it were [and it is], the government could look at your armed militia, declare you "enemy combatants" and then you don't get habeus corpus anyway.

You're only fourteen, twelve and ten years behind. Keep trudging, you'll catch up.

For self defense, see the Vandercoy paper linked above together with Heller, McDonald and numerous circuit court decisions of your choice.

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