New DOJ Human Rights Section Advances
By Andrew Ramonas | November 6, 2021 10:25 am

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed legislation Thursday that would create a new section within the Justice Department Criminal Division to handle human rights crimes.

The Human Rights Enforcement Act of 2009, which was approved by voice vote, would lay the groundwork to fold the Office of Special Investigations and Domestic Security Section into the new section. The Office of Special Investigations — which was created to probe Nazi criminals living in the United States — focuses on U.S. citizens who committed human rights crimes. The Domestic Security Section prosecutes non-U.S. citizens who violated human rights laws and are in the United States.

The new section would prosecute torture, genocide, child soldiers and war crimes that are committed by any person who is in the United States. The bill is sponsored by Senate Judiciary human rights and the law chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and co-sponsored by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

Criminal Division chief Lanny Breuer said last month that he supports the establishment of a human rights section. Here are his remarks from a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on human rights enforcement:

“While no structural reform can take place without the approval of the Office of Management and Budget and notification to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, based on my review, I have recommended to the Attorney General that our already outstanding efforts in this area would be enhanced by a merger of the Domestic Security Section and the Office of Special Investigation into a new section with responsibility for human rights enforcement, MEJA/SMTJ cases, and alien-smuggling and related matters.  That new section would be called the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section. The Attorney General has indicated his support for this change and the Department’s strong commitment to enforcing human rights, and we expect to move forward with this.”

This post has been updated and corrected from an earlier version.



  1. observer388 says:

    Initially the OSI was granted jurisdiction in the Justice Department to identify war criminals who had committed crimes during WWII. However, it functioned as if it were created to take revenge against Germans and German allies active during WWll but were invited to aid the United States during the Cold War. These alleged Nazi’s were identified in accord with lists provided by secret police agencies of the Soviet Union. Falsified evidence, illegal interrigation, threats of tourture and character assassination were employed with substantial regularity with the full knowledge and apparent approval of members of Congress and the Justice Department. Eventually, The OSI operated as if it were the legitimized arm of Mossad, the Israeli secret police implanted in the Justice Department of the American government to discredit and take revenge against Americans who did not support the assassinations, kidnappings, and mass killings by Israel.
    Pro Israel organizations in the US used the OSI as their semi private tool to punish Americans who were critical of Israel. It seems unlikely that extending the jurisdiction of the OSI is unlikely to curb its behavior and embrace human rights. Contact President Obama, Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) to inform them of your opinion.

  2. Skipper says:

    A major issue here is Eli M. Rosenbaum’s role in the Egyptair 990 disaster and the John F Kennedy Jr. Tragedy. There were 33 High Ranking Egyptian Military Officers including Generals on board EA 990 (Google to find), as well as 100 Americans among the 217 killed. Kennedy Jr. was about to announce his candidacy for the US Senate (NY).

    These tragedies were not accidents. A Mossad assasination team, headed by Rodney Powell, an aeronautical engineer, were responsible for these. Rosenbaum took testimony for the NTSB and helped cover-up this fact. Then he hunted down witnesses and used his credentials to commit criminal acts to discredit them. There was an attempted murders of a key witness which he was involved in covering up. I was told he has been suspended without pay for 18 months. Light sentence for accessory to mass murder (including childred) and treason?

    The previous OSI director, Neal Sher, was convicted of stealing from Holocaust victims, disbarred by the DC Bar Association for missives before the Israeli Supreme Court, and finally dismissed by attorney General Richardson for stealing the secret PROMIS software system and giving it to Israel.

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