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Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

In 'Drone Memo,' A Step Toward Transparency On Targeting Americans

Monday, June 23, 2014

On Monday, a federal court made public a long-secret memo that lays out the Obama administration's legal justification for killing an American citizen in a drone strike. The memo, which concerns the 2011 killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki, says that the man presented an imminent threat to the United States.

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Overtime System At Customs And Border Protection Investigated

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Whistleblowers say Customs and Border Protection employees are misusing an overtime program designed for law enforcement emergencies. It's said to be costing taxpayers $40 million a year.

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Internal Affairs Chief Fired At U.S. Customs And Border Protection

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, under fire for failing to investigate use of force along the border, ousted its longtime head of internal affairs. The new man in charge is an FBI official.

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FBI Director Comey Looks Ahead To His Next Nine Years

Monday, June 09, 2014

FBI Director Jim Comey serves for a decade, longer than a president or any other national official. That tenure's designed to insulate the FBI from political influence.

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Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance

Friday, June 06, 2014

A law to educate inmates about their rights and how to report sexual violence crimes went into effect in 2003. But most states are still not in full compliance. Others are protesting the rules.

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One Year Later, Snowden Still Evades U.S. Charges

Thursday, June 05, 2014

One year ago Thursday, Edward Snowden leaked National Security Agency documents revealing details of its surveillance program. The Obama administration still considers Snowden a fugitive from justice and wants him to return to the U.S.

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Justice Department Renews Focus On Homegrown Terrorists

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is drawing new attention to the threat from homegrown, lone-wolf radicals. He's pulling together a group of prosecutors and FBI agents to address domestic terrorism.

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House Vote Aims To Derail DOJ Processing Of Clemency Petitions

Friday, May 30, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly said language inserted by lawmakers to prevent the hire of additional Justice Department attorneys is "absurd."

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Criminal Records Keep Creating Obstacles Long After Incarceration

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A new report from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is shedding light on some unexpected consequences of being convicted of a crime — everything from troubles with employment to bans in public housing. The group says it's time to start thinking about forgiveness.

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Holder Urges Prosecutors To Back Criminal Justice Changes

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

At a closed-door conference, the attorney general made his case for reducing some drug sentences and opening up the clemency process.

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A Year On, What's Changed (And What Hasn't) On Drone Oversight

Friday, May 23, 2014

A year ago, President Obama defended using drones to target terrorism suspects overseas and offered a rationale for reining in the program. Where do things stand on efforts to impose constraints?

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New DOJ Policy Urges Agents To Videotape Interrogations

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The policy shift, set to take effect July 11, is designed to align practices across the federal government, where some law enforcement agencies employ recordings and others don't.

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Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Wrote Drone Strike Policy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Senate will consider a judicial nominee who wrote legal advice approving drone strikes against Americans overseas. Critics question executive branch authority to execute citizens without trial.

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Slow Rape Kit Results Leave Victims Few Effective Places To Turn

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A new study concludes the medical and justice system can do more to help rape survivors access medical care. Funding cuts often limit access to exams and keep test results from leading to prosecution.

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As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In a string of commencement-speaker dropouts, would-be honorary guests are being pushed out by campus protests. Meanwhile, schools are trying to boost their reputations and promote diverse ideas.

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Judicial Nominee On Hold Over Drone Strike Justification

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Harvard law professor David Barron is under fire for signing memos that allowed the U.S. to kill a U.S. citizen overseas in a drone strike. Those blocking his nomination want the documents released.

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A Narrow High Court Win For Prayer Before Government Meetings

Monday, May 05, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the government can use Christian prayers to start town meetings, so long as legislators don't discriminate against non-Christians. It's a new chapter in the long-running fight over prayer in public places and on public occasions. NPR's Carrie Johnson explains what happened in the town of Greece, New York.

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Target's Top Executive Steps Down, Brought Low By Data Breach

Monday, May 05, 2014

Target is ousting its CEO, months after a massive data breach and amid some other business issues.

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FBI Director: Radicalization Of Westerners In Syria Is Of Great Concern

Friday, May 02, 2014

"All of us with a memory of the '80s and '90s saw the line drawn from Afghanistan to Sept. 11," says James Comey.

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Lawyers Use High Court Petition To Highlight Prosecutorial Misconduct

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A computer support technician convicted of possessing ricin to use as a weapon wants the Supreme Court to hear his appeal. He says prosecutors denied him due process by failing to disclose evidence.

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