Monday, May 13, 2013

Wake Up and Smell The Chicago -- Associated Press Edition

So you don't think Benghazi is much, and maybe you're not sure that siccing the IRS on Tea Party groups rises to the level of something or other. How about grabbing two months of phone records from the Associated Press? Mind-boggling:
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.
There's a lot more at the link, which I'd excerpt, except that AP doesn't like it if you do that very much. Go read it in full.


First Ringer said...

I thought this morning the idea of impeachment hearings against Obama was the stuff of tin-foil hats. But when even Dems like Reps Michael Capuano & Stephen Lynch are hammering the IRS issue in particular and calling it a "systemic issue," you know at a minimum that the administration is in serious hot water.

Mr. D said...

Capuano and Lynch understand the damage this will do. Everyone understands the danger of siccing the IRS on enemies real or perceived.

Bike Bubba said...

Regarding the possibility of impeachment, it strikes me that the modus operandi of today's political commentators is exaggeration. As much as I believe that Dear Leader richly deserves it--and has since mid-2009--I'll believe it when I see it.