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Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by YankeeFan, May 13, 2013.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Finally, some government action the press finds offensive:

  2. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    The Patriot Act has basically given presidential administrations unchecked power in trolling in the name of "investigations." Combine that with an administration with a zeal for ferreting out leaks and whistleblowers, and this is what you get. Between this and the IRS targeting of tea-party groups (which Obama spoke out against today), it's clear Congress needs to cut down the power of the executive branch to peek into our business for the flimsiest of reasons.
  3. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Congress will never do that. It's easier (for both parties) to scream about abuse of power when you're the outs than to change the law in any way, since changing it will lead to attack ads calling you responsible for the next terrorist incident whatever it is.
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    NYTimes.com has this on their front page right now.

    They jumped on this one right away.
  5. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    The lesson of this, and the Bloomberg incidents, is that if you give people the tools and authority to snoop, they will.
  6. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

  7. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Underscores my long-standing observation: "It's always the dumbest thing that gets you."
    And this was dumb, dumb, dumb.
  8. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Well hell I guess I'm going to have to get that Obama tattoo removed now.
  9. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Justice Dept. will have it removed for you.
  10. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I feel like I should file an FOI, see if one of my calls bitching about the disappearing EPL standings was included.
  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Since The White House was not aware I don't see this story getting legs:

    "Jay Carney, a White House spokesman, said the White House was not involved in the subpoena. “Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the A.P.,” he said, adding “we are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations.”
  12. Well said.

    But they are protecting us from terrorists! So ...
    ... .... .... ... I'm not holding my breath.
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