Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Commission To Decide If Some Federal Inmates Will Be Let Out Early

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Sentencing Commission meets Friday to vote on a plan that could send home tens of thousands of federal inmates convicted of drug trafficking.


With A Rules Change For A Lever, Senate Ends Judge's 17-Year Wait

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Senate has voted 53 to 44 to confirm Ronnie White for a federal court judgeship in Missouri, 17 years after he was first nominated by President Bill Clinton.


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 enhanc...


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

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 documents about the enhanced interrogation program the U.S. deployed against detainees after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Prosecutors notified the Senate panel Thursday of ...


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.


Case Against Benghazi Suspect Is Complex, Justice Department Says

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Justice Department says its case against a man accused in the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is unusually complex and involves "novel questions of fact and law."

In a Washington, D.C., federal courtroom Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiLorenzo said the government had already ...


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 Khat...


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 ruli...


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.


Report Questions U.S. Policy On Overseas Drone Strikes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

U.S. strategy that relies on armed drones to kill terrorism suspects overseas "rests on questionable assumptions and risks increasing instability and escalating costs," according to a year-long study by a group of prominent military, intelligence and foreign policy experts.

The report, released early Thursday by the Stimson Center, concludes ...


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.


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, whi...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 fugit...


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.


House Vote Aims To Derail DOJ Processing Of Clemency Petitions

Friday, May 30, 2014

The House of Representatives has voted to prohibit the Justice Department from hiring more attorneys to deal with thousands of backlogged clemency petitions in a bid to block one of the Obama administration's top criminal justice priorities.

In a vote Thursday evening, House lawmakers blessed the fiscal year 2015 spending ...


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 ...