Stories Tagged ‘State Department’

Afghan Corruption Presents Contracting Problems

By Christopher M. Matthews | December 17, 2021

When the witnesses were collectively asked how much money the government is spending on contracts in Afghanistan, they were unable to answer. Though it was clear that the sum would be in the hundreds of billions, if not more. In 2008, the Army alone awarded $165 billion in contracts.

9th State Dept. Official Pleads Guilty to Viewing Passport Files

By Stephanie Woodrow | December 14, 2021

Debra Sue Brown looked up information on celebrities, friends and people in the news out of “idle curiosity,” the Justice Department said.

Ex-DEA Agent to Receive $3 million Settlement

By Joe Palazzolo | November 4, 2021

In the previously sealed litigation, the DEA agent who alleged he’d been illegally wiretapped argued over the state secrets privilege, while a federal judge roughed up the CIA.

Blackwater Defense Lawyers Request Military Protection

By Joe Palazzolo | October 26, 2021

They want to travel to Iraq to conduct their own investigation of the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis in 2007. The Justice Department is pushing back, calling the request “radical” and unnecessary.

FARC Front Leader Extradited to U.S.

By Farhan Daredia | July 17, 2022

Gerardo Aguilar Ramirez, a former front commander in the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, has been extradited to the U.S. to face cocaine importation conspiracy charges.

Former U.S. Attorney Rapp Tapped For War Crimes Post

By Andrew Ramonas | July 8, 2022

President Obama nominated Stephen Rapp to be a State Department ambassador at large. Rapp was the U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Iowa from 1993 to 2001.

Top-Level State Department Analyst Indicted for Working as Agent for Cuban Government

By Farhan Daredia | June 5, 2022

Former State Department analyst Walter Kendall Myers and his wife were arrested by the FBI for serving as illegal agents for the Cuban government for nearly 30 years.

DOJ Launches Center To Fight International Crime

By Andrew Ramonas | May 29, 2022

The Justice Department will launch a center that will bring together more than a dozen government groups to fight international crime, Attorney General Eric Holder said today in Rome at the G8 Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial.

Former Bush Official, Ex-FBI Agent Stand Against Harsh Interrogation

By Andrew Ramonas | May 13, 2022

Ex-FBI interrogator Ali Soufan and a former State Department counselor Philip Zelikow told the Senate Judiciary administrative oversight and the courts subcommittee that the harsh interrogation methods used against terror suspects were abusive and did not help in the battle against al Qaeda.

Judiciary Dems Want Zelikow Memo on Harsh Interrogations

By Andrew Ramonas | May 4, 2022

Leading House Judiciary Committee Democrats requested copies of a 2005 memo written by former State Department counselor Philip Zelikow reportedly arguing that harsh interrogation methods used against suspected terrorists were illegal.