The Justice Department used this law to pursue Aaron Swartz. Now it’s open to reforming it.

The Justice Department used this law to pursue Aaron Swartz. Now it’s open to reforming it.Ever since federal prosecutors used a controversial anti-hacking law to go after Internet activist Aaron Swartz, civil liberties advocates have been pressing for Congress to narrow the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Now, the Justice Department has signaled its openness to such a move.

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Judge sides with US servicemen used as guinea pigs in terrifying Cold War experiment

Judge sides with US servicemen used as guinea pigs in terrifying Cold War experimentA federal judge has ruled the United States Army must quickly inform veterans of any potentially harmful health effects stemming from the secret medical and drug experiments conducted on them during the Cold War. According to a report by Courthouse News wire service, the ruling comes in favor of 7,800 soldiers claiming to have been involved in the experiments.

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Dept of Justice official admits NSA ‘probably’ spying on members of Congress

Dept of Justice official admits NSA ‘probably’ spying on members of CongressThe US National Security Agency likely collects intelligence on congressional lawmakers and members of their staff, a Justice Department official admitted at a committee hearing on Tuesday. Deputy Attorney General James Cole of the US Department of Justice testified during a House Judiciary Committee hearing which was examining proposals to reform the NSA surveillance policies that have been revealed in an ongoing series of disclosures since June.

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Fate of Lavabit appeal has ‘Wide-ranging implications’ for the internet

Fate of Lavabit appeal has ‘Wide-ranging implications’ for the internetAFP Photo / Mehdi Fedouach Lawyers for Lavabit, a recently-shuttered email service once used by Edward Snowden, told a federal appeals court this week that the government had no reason to request from the company a code that could unlock the encrypted messages of its 410,000 users.

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U.S. Wants To Add $1.23 Billion To Bank Of America’s Tab For Countrywide Scam

U.S. Wants To Add $1.23 Billion To Bank Of America’s Tab For Countrywide ScamBack in October, a federal jury found Bank of America liable for a Countrywide Financial program that deliberately sold piles of worthless loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the housing bubble went kaflooey. At the time, prosecutors had only sought $864 million in penalties, but now the Justice Dept.

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US announces early release plan for nonviolent, low-level drug offenders

​US announces early release plan for nonviolent, low-level drug offendersAndrew Burton / Getty Images / AFP The Obama administration announced Thursday a new clemency effort that encourages defense lawyers to refer to the Department of Justice low-level, nonviolent drug offenders for early release from federal prisons. Speaking before the New York State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, Deputy Attorney General James M.

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Retraction of Séralini GMO study is attack on scientific integrity

SCIENTISTS: Retraction of Séralini GMO study is attack on scientific integrityWe, the undersigned international scientists and experts, condemn the retraction 1 by Dr A. Wallace Hayes, the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT), of the pioneering study of Séralini et al. (2012) on a genetically modified (GM) maize and its associated pesticide, Roundup.

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