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Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Justice Dept. Declines To Step Into Dispute Between CIA And Senators

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Justice Department has declined to bring criminal charges against anyone at the CIA or the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a dispute over access to sensitive materials on enhanced interrogations. The power struggle relates to a long-running Senate probe over the mistreatment of detainees after Sept. 11.

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No Criminal Charges In Senate-CIA Spat, Justice Department Says

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The decision brings a muted end to a power struggle that had undermined relations between the intelligence community and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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In Oslo, Attorney General Warns Syria May Be A Cradle Of Terrorism

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In a speech in Oslo, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged European partners to do more to find and disrupt plans of would-be terrorists who head to Syria — and, once trained, might return to the West.

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Case Against Benghazi Suspect Is Complex, Justice Department Says

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The assistant U.S. attorney says the government has begun sharing sensitive documents with defense attorneys. It's a bid to stop the clock on Ahmed Abu Khattala's request for a speedy trial.

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Benghazi Suspect Spends A Day In Court

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a suspect charged in connection with the 2012 Benghazi attacks, had a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C. After a public defender outlined her arguments in Khattalah's defense, the judge ordered that he be detained.

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Supreme Court Deals A Blow To Unions, But It's Not Quite Mortal

Monday, June 30, 2014

By a 5-4 majority along ideological lines, the Supreme Court has ruled that Illinois can't compel home health aides to pay union dues because it violates the First Amendment. The ruling is a defeat for unions, but it falls short of the kind of sweeping denunciation that could have derailed unions' fundraising and organizing efforts.

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Small But Steady Downward Trend In U.S. Executions

Monday, June 30, 2014

The death penalty is in trouble — drug shortages, botched executions and lawsuits are calling the idea of a "humane" execution into question. Some states are returning to previously abandoned methods.

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Report Questions U.S. Policy On Overseas Drone Strikes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Stimson Center concludes that targeted killing operations may have protected Americans at home, but come at a heavy price abroad.

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Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

David Goodman says last year the Supreme Court gutted the civil rights law that Andrew Goodman and other Freedom Summer activists gave their lives for.

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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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