The Justice Integrity Project reports misconduct, primarily in the justice and political systems, that harms individuals, communities and democratic values. The project is non-partisan and supported by advertising revenue and paid subscriptions.
Coverage began in February 2010 to expose irregularities in the federal court system in high-profile political prosecutions. Since then coverage has expanded to include revelations on intelligence, surveillance, Wall Street, health care, the media and foreign policy. The project operates with editorial independence from any political, government or commercial special interest. Its editorial policy seeks common ground to expose corruption and injustice.
The project was founded in 2010 with a primary focus on alleged abuses in the United States legal system. At first, its primary focus was upon political and other arbitrary prosecutions as well as official corruption cases targeting malefactors whose actions hurt many people.
Since then its oversight has expanded to include related topics in all branches of government and the news media, as well as global issues illustrating gross injustice. The expansion was because many of the most serious irregularities in the court system not receiving news coverage had roots political and financial intrigues, some of which involved media opinion-leaders.
The project's research on questionable cases with a focus mainly, but not exclusively, on U.S. domestic federal investigations. Sample areas include warrantless surveillance, intimidation of families and witnesses, suppression of evidence, appearance of judicial bias, and irregular financial incentives. Also, the Project has examined oversight by higher courts, Congress, and the news media that permit abuses that, in the aggregate, threaten the foundations of democracy.
What They're Saying
"This is brilliant — morally, ethically, socially, legally. I can't wait to learn more about the organization you have created. For one thing, it relieves me of the pressure to begin such an organization myself. Now I can help support yours! Onward!
"You join a small but ardent band of warriors for justice and for the transparency that stands a chance of restoring justice. It does not matter who the president is, nor the attorney general. The culture of the DOJ survives administrations. It happens that the current administration started out with more promise than most, and so the disappointment is palpable. But Obama is too prone to please and to protect himself against being perceived as soft and weak, and Holder is in fact too weak to take on the old boys network (and, indeed, he was part of the problem when he was a federal prosecutor). It is very exasperating.
"But it's very good that we have exposure and criticism coming now from all ends of the political spectrum. You are doing an enormously important public service."
-- Harvey A. Silverglate, longtime defense litigator, adjunct Harvard Law School adjunct professor, Cato Institute Fellow, co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and author of Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent
"The flagrant, unbridled abuse of governmental power by the DOJ and FBI in attempting to destroy an individual (financially, professionally, socially, and sometimes physically) for personal and political reasons, and to an extent that is grossly disproportionate to any alleged act of criminality, is the hallmark of a totalitarian government."
"All decent, fair-minded American citizens -- liberal Democrats or conservative Republicans -- need to let their voices be heard in denouncing, castigating, and rejecting such deplorable, dangerous tactics."
--Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., a famed forensic pathologist, consultant, medical school professor, author and civic leader. The former Allegheny County coroner in Pennsylvania for 20 years made many medical findings challenging other official accounts by law enforcers, and later was targeted in notorious political prosecution later dropped by federal authorities. He is author of more than 550 professional articles, eight books for the general public and author, co-author or editorial board member for nearly 50 other books for professional or technical audiences
"Watch out Department of Justice and judges. There is a new watchdog in Washington that is providing oversight of your criminal wrongdoing. The Justice Integrity Project (JIP) strives to 'promote effective oversight of federal prosecution and judicial misconduct.' JIP's goals are to 'educate the public and its opinion-leaders . . . and [work] with legal officials, organizations, and voters to increase awareness of how federal injustice harms the country.'"
-- Washington commentator and author Wayne Madsen, editor of The Wayne Madsen Report, author of 14 books, and a former intelligence officer with the U.S. Navy and National Security Agency
"Without the Justice Integrity Project, I don't think I could have persevered this long. God Bless you for your efforts on behalf of every one of the poor souls that your organization is there for. Every generation needs our Paul Reveres: Someone willing to run with a lamp and tell us the truth."
-- Louis M. Manzo, author, New Jersey former legislator and defendant in the historic and controversial Bid Rig III prosecution that led to Chris Christie's election as governor
Board of Directors
Robert Ames Alden retired from the Washington Post in 2000 after more than 48 years as an editor, making him at the time of his retirement the longest-serving editor in the paper’s history. As night news editor in 1963, he put together the Post's first extra edition since Pearl Harbor to cover the assassination of President Kennedy. As world news editor in 1974, he was the principal architect for the Post’s coverage of the resignation of President Nixon.
Culminating a seven-year effort in 1975, he co-founded and later led the National Press Foundation to improve journalism education. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was the leading male advocate for the admission of women into the National Press Club, where he served as president in 1976.
The first native Washingtonian to lead the Press Club, he began his career as a sportswriter for the Cleveland Press in 1947. He helped innovate the use of more statistics in baseball coverage and was an award-winning writer.
He was a visionary community leader in planning a green, central park, library, outdoor stage, community center and theater for McLean, VA, whose Alden Theater carries his name. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the George Washington University, where he won the university's top history award as a student for 17 years in the 1950s and 1960s. In 2005, university officials bestowing a distinguished alumnus award described Alden as “a living legend” in Washington journalism.
James Ronald Fisher is an honors graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, retired Navy Captain, Founder and Executive Director of WeThePeopleNow.org, an engineer, businessman, church and community leader, and civil rights advocate.
Fisher’s 30 years of military service includes 15 nuclear submarine patrols during the Cold and Vietnam Wars. Also, he managed the overhaul and repair of nuclear submarines and inspections of almost every major naval command as the Assistant Naval Inspector General for Logistics on the staff of the Secretary of the Navy/Chief of Naval Operations. His Navy work also included collateral duties as a prosecutor, defense counsel and summary court martial officer. His Navy awards include the Legion of Merit.
As a civilian, he worked at two engineering services firms. He founded and led the Defense Fire Protection Association to improve the safety and survivability of U.S. military forces. Also, he founded and led the Veterans Sales and Services Corporation (VetSS), which specialized in hiring disabled veterans.
His web site has, among other things, plans to end US wars and occupation, put more Americans to work and reform financial systems. In politics, he was chairman of the Northern Virginia Presidential primary campaign for his classmate John McCain in 2000, and held the same post in 2008 for Dennis Kucinich. He was first in his class in Submarine, Nuclear Power and Basic Engineering Duty Officer Schools and is the author of numerous research papers.
John Edward Hurley is Chairman of the McClendon Group, which is named for the legendary White House correspondent Sarah McClendon and meets in the McClendon Room at the National Press Club. His career in the journalism and non-profit world has included his work with the major media as a White House correspondent, as a commentator on News Talk America, and as a member of the Public Information Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
In addition to his work with the major media, he is the Commander of the National Press Club American Legion Post; developed the public relations program that brought together the various breed registries that comprise the American Horse Council; was a long-time sponsor of the Rappahannock Hunt; and is a patron of the Thornton Hill Hounds.
He also is President and Chairman of the Confederate Memorial Association's museum and library, the historian for the John Barry Division of the Hibernians, and a co-founder of the Capitol HillCivil War Roundtable. Throughout his career, he has had a special interest in the integrity of the court system and has hosted many news events on the subject, which have included coverage by C-SPAN from the National Press Club.
John Kelly directs John Kelly & Associates Public Relations. Previous employers have included NBC News, CBS News, the State of New York, and the Central Intelligence Agency. His news topics have included cutting-edge stories on the 1960 Kennedy Presidential campaign, Cape Canaveral space launches, the historic 1961 integration of University of Georgia at Athens, and flying to Washington to witness the Kennedy Inauguration and, from a nearby camera platform, hearing the words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
He reported exclusives about Albert "The Boston Strangler" DeSalvo, Cuban militants planning Castro's overthrow, Soviet espionage, Mafia crime, and Watergate.
Kelly interrupted his reporting career, leaving his post as an editor at NBC News at its Rockefeller Center headquarters in New York, to become a CIA covert action officer serving in Indo-China, among other duties. Later, he returned to reporting. Afterward, he was appointed by New York Governor Hugh Carey to serve as a Deputy Commissioner and Director of the State Department of Taxation and Finance.
As a recent dinner speaker at the National Press Club in Washington, he has spoken about weapons containing depleted uranium and other toxins being used by the U.S. military that have caused cancerous conditions in veterans in the 1991 Iraq-Kuwait War, according to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans organization, attorneys, academicians and medical professionals. "As was the case with the cover-up of the effects of Agent Orange on GIs after the Viet Nam War, the Pentagon and its entities, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, are in denial while Western Europe allies have prohibited the use of such weapons," he commented. He has spoken about unauthorized and unlawful telephone eavesdropping on American citizens in the U.S. by the National Security Agency and has participated in panel discussions with former federal agent and intelligence officer whistleblowers. Also, he has criticized the editorial control of broadcast news organizations by their corporate owners in ways contributing to the demise of public confidence in the American news media.
Kelly's career began as a high-school copyboy for the New York Journal-American. While participating in a training program and riding with a reporter and photographer team, one night he met famed columnist Walter Winchell sitting in a street. Winchell, a pioneering columnist and radio reporter beginning in the Roaring Twenties, was cradling in his lap the head of a car accident victim, who was gushing, "Walter! Walter!" in happiness over his brush with fame. After a stint with a New Haven newspaper and television station Kelly returned to New York to report for United Press Movietone Television News on national assignments. His coverage of the Kennedy 1960 campaign included responsibilities as the pool reporter on Election Night at Kennedy's home in Hyannis, Massachusetts. In February 1965, he obtained an exclusive interview for NBC with Malcom X in which the black leader correctly predicted that he would not make it through the weekend without assassination. Kelly's other work in the 1960s included first-hand reports of astronaut John Glenn's lift-off. As a correspondent accredited at the United Nations, he covered also Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's iconic speech at the United Nations banging his shoe on a desktop for emphasis. Kelly was covering the United Nations Security Council when U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge removing a secret microphone from artwork installed in the Moscow embassy. Soviets had given the embassy a decorative U.S. seal, but with a microphone in the eagle's beak.
As night editor at NBC's headquarters news desk located at 30 Rockefeller Center, Kelly obtained permission from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover for exclusive arrest news film footage of the arrest of 18 Ku Klux Klan members for the infamous "Mississippi Burning" murders of three civil rights activists whose bodies were dumped in a swamp. Kelly's work included interactions on sensitive stories on teams led by NBC anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, and CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. As a foreign correspondent UP Movietone in London, Kelly covered Parliament, served in Paris and covered intrigues involving Berlin Wall escapes and reprisals. Besides assignments in Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan, he covered the so-called Secret War in Laos. He lived in the mountains with anti-communist Montagnard tribes, and flew on Air America drops of rice and paratroopers. While posing as a student and traveling by train between Munich and Berlin through East Germany during annual Warsaw Pact Maneuvers, he was once taken into custody by the East Germany State Police and Stasi, the East German secret police. Similarly, he was taken into custody by agents of the Communist Pathet Lao and held at their headquarters in Vientiane before release.
As an NBC reporter, writer and news editor in the 19-building complex portrayed by photographer David Shankbone at left, Kelly's assignments included living on the secret bases of the militant anti-Castro organizations Alpha 66 and Brigade 2506 as they planned commando raids on the Cuban mainland from camps in the Florida everglades. The FBI's Hoover authorized Kelly to meet with former Soviet GRU intelligence agent Kaarlo Toumi, who was being hunted by the Soviet KGB and on its hit list, in safe houses in New York after the Finnish-born Russian switched sides to become a double-agent for the U.S. For years, Soviets failed to detect the agent's switch.
Later, as a reporter at CBS News, Kelly covered Watergate cover-ups in Washington, Miami and California. Among his exclusives were the Army's use of the University of Minnesota campus police for surveillance and photographing students during rallies and campus activities. Also, Kelly broke stories showing that Army instructors rigged tests measuring Army reactions to potential missile attacks. Kelly served as a CIA covert action officer, but resigned after calling for a congressional investigation into Vietnam War corruption by local officials and cover-ups by U.S. officials who failed to provide oversight. "The two most abused things in Vietnam," Kelly was quoted in media reports as saying, "are the American G.I. and the U.S. taxpayer's dollar."
In the administration of New York's governor, Kelly's responsibilities included mustering congressional support for passage of anti-organized crime legislation aimed at ending interstate cigarette bootlegging. The smuggling was siphoning $90 million of state tax revenue, with the money going into the coffers of three major organized crime families. Later, Congress enacted an omnibus anti-organized crime bill. Also, Kelly helped develop New York's Parent and Student Savings (PASS) tuition savings program that allowed tax deductions for parents and/or guardians on their deposits for their dependents' future student tuition. Under the new law, students could declare the funds as income on their tax returns spread over a five-year, post-graduation period.
Kelly is a Manhattan resident who serves on the boards of the New York Symphonic and the Japan-U.S. Concert Society. He co-produced at Carnegie Hall the Japanese classic Mandara. The performance showcased 58 monks of the Shingon sect that had never traveled as a group outside Japan in its 1,150-year history. Also, Kelly has produced events at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and in Japan. The latter included a concert of Western Hemisphere classical music at the Itsukushima Shrine on Miya Jima off the coast of Hiroshima, the first time such a concert had been held at the Shinto shrine since it was constructed more than 1,450 years ago. The shrine is designated as National Treasure by the Government of Japan, and as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
He also serves on boards of trustees of philanthropic foundations that emphasize grants in health, education and the arts.
Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project editor and co-founder. Andrew Kreig has two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC. An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. Also, he has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries. In 2008, he became an affiliated research fellow with the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law and from 2009 through 2012 he was a senior fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.
As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. He has lectured about communications on five continent, and co-keynoted the annual Futures Summit of the National Association of Broadcasters. Previously, he was WCA vice president and general counsel, an associate attorney at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business, and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.
He holds ratings of Excellence from the lawyer-rating services Avvo and Martindale-Hubbell. Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and a Golden Gloves heavyweight regional finalist.