By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday defended the Justice Department's use of its subpoena power to monitor the telephone records of editors and reporters at The Associated Press in a leak investigation, but said he was unaware of the details because he had recused himself from the leak case.
Former top U.S. officials denounced the State Department, the United Nations and Iraq for failing to protect unarmed Iranian dissidents in a camp near Baghdad and blamed Iran for a weekend rocket attack that killed six refugees and wounded 50.
The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee challenged Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday to "produce any evidence" proving his claim that a prior attorney general knew about a gunrunning investigation during the Bush administration or apologize "if no such evidence is available."
The Treasury Department's counterterrorism arm is investigating speaking fees paid to a longtime Democratic Party leader who is among the most vocal advocates for Iranian dissidents designated as a terrorist group by the State Department.
Iranian opposition activists are accusing the State Department of flouting a federal court's year-old ruling ordering the removal of the Iranian resistance from the U.S. list of international terrorist organizations.
Backpedaling from its vow to try the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four cohorts in civilian court, the Obama administration Monday bowed to pressure and opted for a military tribunal - another blow to the president's three-year bid to shutter the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will give "a gift to the mullahs" who oppress the Iranian people, if she fails to remove the Iranian resistance from the U.S. blacklist of terrorist groups, a visiting member of the European Parliament said Tuesday.
Nearly two years after Crystal Washington was shot to death at a busy D.C. intersection, her death looms large in closed-door talks at the U.S. attorney's office in Washington, where prosecutors soon will decide whether to seek the death penalty against two men charged with killing her to keep her from testifying.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday said congressional efforts to prohibit the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States for any purpose, including to stand trial, "would unwisely restrict" the government's ability to prosecute terrorism suspects.
Mukasey defends memo writers
Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 30, his first appearance before the panel since it came close to rejecting him last fall over his refusal to characterize as torture an interrogation technique known as "waterboarding."
"The underlying facts with regard to the AP story suggest that there was a somewhat broader gathering of data than should've ever been authorized," Mr. Mukasey, who worked for President George W. Bush, told Fox News.
Mr. Mukasey said it would be troubling if efforts were made to "discourage" people from talking to reporters.