James Comey: A Closer Look

In late May, James B. Comey's name was floated as President Obama's top choice to succeed Robert Mueller as director of the FBI. As the second-highest ranked Justice Department official during the Bush administration, Comey has gained near mythic status for his opposition to a secret NSA surveillance program at the bedside of his terribly ill boss, Attorney General John Ashcroft. But recent revelations about NSA spying raise questions about what Comey resisted and why, and a closer look at his civil liberties record raises serious concerns. During his time as deputy attorney general, Comey approved or defended some of the worst abuses of the Bush administration: torture, warrantless wiretapping, and the indefinite detention of an American citizen. The ACLU looks at each one individually. President Obama should too before making the nomination official.

Is the Spying Comey Approved More Important Than the Spying He Opposed?

Is the Spying Comey Approved More Important Than the Spying He Opposed?

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:05pm

What's worse than waterboarding and letting the government wiretap Americans without warrants? It's not a riddle; it is a question we need James Comey to answer, particularly if President Obama nominates him to lead the FBI for the next 10 years.

You…

James Comey's Indefensible Defense of Indefinite Detention

James Comey's Indefensible Defense of Indefinite Detention

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 2:10pm

When Deputy Attorney General James Comey addressed the American people nine years ago, he told them what he called a "sobering story" about Jose Padilla. He described the then 33-year-old accused al Qaeda member's intent to detonate a dirty bomb as…

Obama’s Pick to Lead FBI Approved Waterboarding Under Bush: Time to Speak Out

Obama’s Pick to Lead FBI Approved Waterboarding Under Bush: Time to Speak Out

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 7:52pm

While most of us are enjoying an extra-long July 4th weekend, James Comey, a top Bush lawyer who approved waterboarding...

James Comey: Two Thumbs-Up on Waterboarding?

James Comey: Two Thumbs-Up on Waterboarding?

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:00pm

Waterboarding and other torture tactics may once again take center stage in yet another nomination fight. But this time, the stakes involve a ten-year appointment to head the FBI.

Before President Obama nominates—and certainly before the…

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