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2006-06-21 11:35:46

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department would have to turn over records of the National Security Agency's telephone surveillance program to Congress under a resolution passed by the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The resolution, which passed on a voice vote, must be approved by the full House of Representatives before it is sent to the Bush administration. However, the administration would not be required to comply because a resolution does not...

2006-03-14 10:30:00

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google faces off against the U.S. Justice Department in federal court on Tuesday as the Internet company seeks to quash a subpoena for search data, including millions of user queries, in a battle over privacy issues on the Web. Google will defend its motion to deny a demand by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for data the government wants the company to produce as part of a separate case over the extent to which online pornography is a threat to...

2006-03-03 14:28:33

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities at Guantanamo Bay strapped Mohammed Bawazir's legs, arms, head and midsection into a chair for as long as two hours each time they force fed him during his hunger strike, the Yemeni said. They inserted a tube through his nose and into his stomach, inflicting unbearable pain, according to a court filing to a judge weighing on Friday Bawazir's contention that he was tortured when he was force fed at the U.S. naval base. Denied...

2006-02-28 13:26:51

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three members of an online music piracy operation pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday in response to a government crackdown, the U.S. Justice Department said. Members of the group "Apocalypse Crew" pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the department said. Derek Borchardt, 21, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Matthew Howard, 24, of Longmont, Colorado; and...

2006-02-17 20:26:45

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc. on Friday formally rejected the U.S. Justice Department's subpoena of data from the Web search leader, arguing the demand violated the privacy of users' Web searches and its own trade secrets. Responding to a motion by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Google also said in a filing in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California the government demand to disclose Web search data was impractical. The Bush...

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2006-02-18 00:25:00

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. on Friday formally rejected the U.S. Justice Department's subpoena of data from the Web search leader, arguing the demand violated the privacy of users' Web searches and its own trade secrets. Responding to a motion by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Google also said in a filing in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California the government demand to disclose Web search data was impractical. The Bush administration is seeking...

2006-02-16 12:41:30

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered the U.S. Justice Department to respond within 20 days to requests by a civil liberties group for documents about President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program. The ruling was a victory for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which sued the department under the Freedom of Information Act in seeking the release of the documents. U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy ruled that the department must...

2006-02-15 08:29:00

By Sachi Izumi and Jason Neely TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - A global probe of airlines suspected of fixing prices for cargo widened to Asia on Wednesday as authorities searched the offices of some of the world's biggest carriers from Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. The European Union's executive arm and the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday raided a number of airlines on both sides of the Atlantic, while other carriers were asked for information. Asian local authorities followed suit...

2006-02-15 05:10:00

By Sachi Izumi TOKYO -- A global probe into possible price-fixing in the air cargo industry widened to Asia on Wednesday as authorities searched for information at offices of Japanese, South Korean and Hong Kong airlines. The investigation started on Tuesday when the European Union's executive arm and the U.S. Justice Department raided a number of air cargo carriers on both sides of the Atlantic, while other airlines were asked for information related to the probe. The case could threaten to...

2006-01-19 17:55:27

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department, facing lawsuits and congressional hearings on President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program, sought on Thursday to persuade congressional leaders the surveillance was lawful and did not violate civil liberties. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who plans to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on February 6, sent a report to Capitol Hill outlining the legal basis for the National Security...