Rule of Law

Justice Department Hosts Photo Exhibition for Employees

The Department of Justice has invited employees to take time off to attend a photography exhibition. A DOJ email obtained by PJ Media states:

Please join the Civil Rights Division on April 7 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the first of several events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.  The Division will host acclaimed civil rights photojournalist Danny Lyon.  Mr. Lyon served as the first staff photographer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Mr. Lyon will showcase his photographs from the civil rights movement and discuss his experiences as a SNCC staff photographer.  .   .  . Employees will be granted administrative leave to attend.

The email does not reveal how much the Department of Justice is paying to bring Mr. Lyons into Washington to exhibit his works.

Mr. Lyon traveled to Cuba in 2002 and was given extraordinary access to photograph the country and relics of “the Revolution.”  According to

In March and April of 2002 Nancy and Danny Lyon made two trips to Cuba. Inside Cuba, which is Communist dictatorship, the couple traveled freely, and Lyon photographed whatever he wanted without interference from soldiers or police. The first trip was through Cancun, where the Lyons caught the 8:30 PM Aero Mexico flight to Havana. The second trip was via Toronto where there is a weekly flight to Santiago de Cuba. On their return, upon entering the United States Customs area in Toronto, for their flight back from Toronto to Albany, New York, they were extensively questioned by a number of United States Customs Agents. When they admitted that they had gone to Cuba to make photographs, their passports were confiscated, then returned, and they were told they would be charged with violating the Trading with the Enemy act.

You can see some of Lyon’s photos from Cuba here. No word if Eric Holder has asked him to bring these along for DOJ employees. cuba