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    BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records....

    What the hell is going on within the Obama administration? Another huge scandal rears its head, and I'd bet the press won't take this one lying down:



    The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news. The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

    The Associated Press is understandably livid:

    In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies. "There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP's newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know," Pruitt said.

    (1) The Obama administration changed its Benghazi talking points 12 times, scrubbing politically unhelpful elements, and radically changing the best analysis of the intelligence community. The White House had previously denied presiding over anything but minor, cosmetic changes to the talking points.

    (2) The IRS targeted conservative groups for extra harassment from 2010 to 2012, and top officials knew about it since at least 2011. No disciplinary action has been taken so far.

    (3) The Obama Department of Health and Human Services is requesting "voluntary" donations from the healthcare companies over which it wields enormous power in order to help fund Obamacare's implementation, perhaps in violation of the law.

    (4) The Obama Justice Department secretly monitored dozens of Associated Press journalists' work and personal phone records for purposes that remain unclear. This lasted for at least two months.

    Notifying the AP that they were secretly collecting work and personal phone records data on dozens of reporters and editors for months was a "substantial threat" to the investigation? But remember, they "value the freedom of the press.".....snip~

    BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records - Guy Benson

    It appears Team Obama is going to take another hit now.....taping over a 100 Reporters. Holder released a Statement.....but that doesn't explain away Wiring the AP's Phone in the House of Representatives Press Galley. I don't think Team Obama will be able to explain away that one. Thoughts?

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    Re: BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records

    From Huff-Po. This is serious. Not good for Team Obama!

    AP Phone Records Seized By Justice Department As War On Leaks Continues .....

    Though DOJ did not give the AP a specific reason for the seizure, the dates of the phone calls it targeted offered a clear tell. On May 7, 2012, AP reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, citing anonymous sources, reported that the CIA had thwarted a plot by an al-Qaeda affiliate to "destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden."

    The AP acknowledged then that it had agreed with the White House and CIA requests "not to publish" its story "immediately because the sensitive intelligence operation was still under way." But "once officials said those concerns were allayed," the news organization went ahead with its story rather than wait for the Obama administration's official announcement.

    "The media's purpose is to keep the public informed and it should be free to do so without the threat of unwarranted surveillance," Laura W. Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington Legislative Office, said in a statement. "The Attorney General must explain the Justice Department's actions to the public so that we can make sure this kind of press intimidation does not happen again."

    Monday's report only fanned the flames, with Democrats and Republicans alike criticizing the Department of Justice. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he was "very troubled by these allegations" and wanted to hear the government’s explanation. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said that Holder needed to be "held accountable for what I think is wrong" if, indeed, the authorization for the subpoena reached his desk.

    The AP on Monday revealed that the DOJ obtained phone numbers from five reporters and an editor involved in the May 7, 2012 story: Apuzzo, Goldman, Kimberly Dozier, Eileen Sullivan, Alan Fram and Ted Bridis. Apuzzo worked in the AP's Hartford office several years ago and Goldman previously worked out of New York, two of the cities targeted by the Justice Department in addition to Washington, where the reporters are currently based. Apuzzo and Goldman were part of the AP's Pulitzer Prize-winning team that uncovered the NYPD's secret Muslim spying program and are highly regarded investigative journalists.

    "From what we know, this collection was in clear violation of the law," said Nate Cardozo of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to protect individual rights in the digital world. "The DOJ's regulations prohibit subpoenas of this breadth and require that notice be given to the affected people within 90 days at the absolute outside."

    Several prominent journalists have expressed concerns over the Obama administration's aggressive means of investigating unsanctioned leaks to reporters.

    Jonathan Landay, a national security reporter with McClatchy newspapers, told HuffPost last month that "people who normally would meet with me, sort of in a more relaxed atmosphere, are on pins and needles" because of the crackdown on leakers. The New Yorker's Jane Mayer said at the time that "part of the problem" with regards to the government's ongoing leaks crackdown "stems from the technology revolution.".....snip~

    AP Phone Records Seized By Justice Department As War On Leaks Continues

    Carney released a Statement saying the WH didn't know. They had nothing to do with this.

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    Re: BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records

    Nothing unusual really. Universal practice. This is just AP.

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    Re: BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    Nothing unusual really. Universal practice. This is just AP.
    Yeah, it must be a New Age thing.....huh?

    I didn't know Erod had the thread up already. I let him know and hopefully we can get a mod to merge the threads.

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    Re: BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Carney released a Statement saying the WH didn't know. They had nothing to do with this.
    Uh huh. Riiight. There goes Eric Holder under the bus.

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    Re: BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    Uh huh. Riiight. There goes Eric Holder under the bus.
    Good riddance to bad rubbish !!!!

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    Re: BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records

    This will be it for the press doing Obama's bidding. If there is one thing the press hates, it is being treated like everybody else. I do not think that Eric Holder's downfall will be enough to appease them going forward.

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    Re: BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    From Huff-Po. This is serious. Not good for Team Obama!

    AP Phone Records Seized By Justice Department As War On Leaks Continues .....

    Though DOJ did not give the AP a specific reason for the seizure, the dates of the phone calls it targeted offered a clear tell. On May 7, 2012, AP reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, citing anonymous sources, reported that the CIA had thwarted a plot by an al-Qaeda affiliate to "destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden."

    The AP acknowledged then that it had agreed with the White House and CIA requests "not to publish" its story "immediately because the sensitive intelligence operation was still under way." But "once officials said those concerns were allayed," the news organization went ahead with its story rather than wait for the Obama administration's official announcement.

    "The media's purpose is to keep the public informed and it should be free to do so without the threat of unwarranted surveillance," Laura W. Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington Legislative Office, said in a statement. "The Attorney General must explain the Justice Department's actions to the public so that we can make sure this kind of press intimidation does not happen again."

    Monday's report only fanned the flames, with Democrats and Republicans alike criticizing the Department of Justice. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he was "very troubled by these allegations" and wanted to hear the government’s explanation. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said that Holder needed to be "held accountable for what I think is wrong" if, indeed, the authorization for the subpoena reached his desk.

    The AP on Monday revealed that the DOJ obtained phone numbers from five reporters and an editor involved in the May 7, 2012 story: Apuzzo, Goldman, Kimberly Dozier, Eileen Sullivan, Alan Fram and Ted Bridis. Apuzzo worked in the AP's Hartford office several years ago and Goldman previously worked out of New York, two of the cities targeted by the Justice Department in addition to Washington, where the reporters are currently based. Apuzzo and Goldman were part of the AP's Pulitzer Prize-winning team that uncovered the NYPD's secret Muslim spying program and are highly regarded investigative journalists.

    "From what we know, this collection was in clear violation of the law," said Nate Cardozo of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to protect individual rights in the digital world. "The DOJ's regulations prohibit subpoenas of this breadth and require that notice be given to the affected people within 90 days at the absolute outside."

    Several prominent journalists have expressed concerns over the Obama administration's aggressive means of investigating unsanctioned leaks to reporters.

    Jonathan Landay, a national security reporter with McClatchy newspapers, told HuffPost last month that "people who normally would meet with me, sort of in a more relaxed atmosphere, are on pins and needles" because of the crackdown on leakers. The New Yorker's Jane Mayer said at the time that "part of the problem" with regards to the government's ongoing leaks crackdown "stems from the technology revolution.".....snip~

    AP Phone Records Seized By Justice Department As War On Leaks Continues

    Carney released a Statement saying the WH didn't know. They had nothing to do with this.
    Now THIS intrusion deserves to have a -Gate after it's name.
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    Re: BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records

    Even Jon Stewart admits this (and the IRS targeting) is truly ****ed up, fueling the conspiracy theorist distrust of government.
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    Re: BREAKING: Obama Justice Department Secretly Monitored AP Reporters' Phone Records

    Yea, if this really happened I do think it is outrageous. But why would the Obama administration be soo stupid?
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