Department of Justice secretly subpoenas phone records involving > 100 journalists

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, May 13, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The integrity of a free press is a core tenet of our democracy, and the Obama administration seems intent on undermining that. This is simply chilling. If we have no free press, we are doomed.

    Associated Press: Gov't obtains wide AP phone records in probe

    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 outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of the calls.

    In all, the government seized the 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 where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

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  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The news out of DC the last few days paints a bleak picture for this country.
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  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    You mean
    • The IRS turning on and investigating politically undesirable persons or entities in order to destroy them politically or denying them existence by denying critical statuses, lying about it when asked, the when proof emerges, saying "sorry, we won't do it again"?
    • Or the dragnet mentioned above trying to stop government whistleblowers by a direct attack on the first amendment using every bit of the technology web the government has constructed to catch us in?
    • Or the proof that the assassination of our Libyan ambassador was caused by grossly incompetent security provisions and then covered up by a White House-led effort to lie forcefully and often to the American people before a national election?
    • Or ...(take your pick)

    This country is headed for dark, hard times.

    Take a look at what's coming, as shown in New Zealand, where people have to explain all of their financial transactions to their own bank:

    Why Your Bank Wants More Info...

    We are already at 1984. The capacity and power are already in place. All that's needed is someone to flip the right bits.
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