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Legal news from Saturday, July 14, 2007
by Michael Sung

Russian President Vladimir Putin formally suspended Russia's participation in the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty Saturday, signing a presidential decree prohibiting NATO inspection and verification at Russian military facilities as well as ending conventional weapons limitations. Russia said the step was necessary due to "extraordinary circumstances," a reference to US plans …

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by Michael Sung

A group of six Democratic senators sent a letter to the US State Department Friday, urging Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to take more steps to ensure that detainees transferred out of Guantanamo Bay will not be subjected to torture. The letter, signed by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Barack Obama (D-IL), …

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by Michael Sung

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Friday announced the proposed launch of two oversight offices dedicated to reviewing the DOJ's National Security Division and the FBI's compliance with privacy laws, saying that the new offices will expand the scope of its oversight beyond the DOJ's "traditional …

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by Michael Sung

US Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Glenn A. Fine has urged the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to strengthen the role of the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) by eliminating jurisdictional limitations on the inspector general preventing the OIG from investigating alleged wrongdoing against …

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