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Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Creepy Government Secretly Obtained AP Reporters' Phone Records

Posted by on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

The AP, appropriately, reports:

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...The government would not say why it sought the records. U.S. officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have leaked information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al-Qaida plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.

You can read that May 7 story here. President Obama's second term is quickly getting weighed down by these sorts of eminently avoidable scandals, and their liberal base isn't eager to defend them from critics, when they're committing shitty Bush-Administration-style acts like this.

 

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Well, Bloomburg will feel right at home as the President with this kind of fuckery going on. And what makes you think this is an "eminently avoidable scandal"? At one point do you admit this kind of think reflects explicitly policy, not just a fuck up?

Once is bad luck. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is enemy action.
Posted by Westside forever on May 13, 2013 at 2:28 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
Oh come on, next thing someone will admit we take all your emails, FB posts, FB messages (yes the private ones), Tweets, local phone calls, suck them up into a some device and spit them over to another country to process them into secret databases you're not allowed to know about.

Like the listening shack you didn't know about in Yakima that we just closed down.

But hey, it's not like we're listening to you, right?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on May 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 3
The government has been doing this to all us "little guys" for years now. It's funny how the AP only has a problem with it now.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on May 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM · Report this
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The Benghazi scandal isn't is a real scandal one way or another. The IRS isn't a scandal either because it was a local phenomenon. Neither of these were "easily avoidable" because one wasn't a scandal to begin the with and the other wasn't under the purview of the administration. What you have here is maybe one political scandal (it will no doubt be politicized), that technically isn't even illegal. So sure, we can be pissed off about this,but it's just the government being invasive as usual. What we have here is a second-term scandal narrative that people have been itching for, a second-term thing for the press and partisans to fixate on. I'm sure Glenn Greenwald will have steam coming out of his ears.
Posted by Jizzlobber on May 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM · Report this
COMTE 5
And Right-Wing Nut Cases come to the defense of the "liberal media" in...3...2...1...
Posted by COMTE on May 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM · Report this
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#5: Issa is already running with it (already has a statement and everything to aid his witch hunt. Given the apparent effectiveness of this scandal narrative, it's only a matter of time before we have progressives crossing the aisle to call for impeachment. This is where US political culture is now. Outrage machine.
Posted by Jizzlobber on May 13, 2013 at 3:41 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 7
"They're committing shitty Bush-Administration-style acts like this."

No shit Sherlock, too bad you have been parroting the party line for 6+ years.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on May 13, 2013 at 3:42 PM · Report this
rob! 8
Choosy spooks choose Lynnwood over fucking Yakima.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on May 13, 2013 at 3:45 PM · Report this
fletc3her 9
Oh, but if you complain you might lose access. Probably best just to report it and let it drop.
Posted by fletc3her on May 13, 2013 at 3:55 PM · Report this
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@1++. Answer the question, Paul: at what point will you admit that this is not some kind of fuckup, but *policy*?
Posted by Ancient Sumerian on May 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM · Report this
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Secret spying operations?

If that ever got exposed someone could be sued or fired.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 13, 2013 at 6:35 PM · Report this
sirkowski 12
Is it illegal?
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on May 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM · Report this
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@12: Is it ethical? Does it generally contribute to the benefit or to the detriment of the people who are forced to pay for it? Does it sound more like the actions of a democratically-elected government r like those of a dictatorial regime?
Posted by Phil M http://twitter.com/pmocek on May 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM · Report this
Knat 14
Hearing this as well as the blurb about the IRS specifically harassing the Teabaggers, has made me shout, "Oh, come on, Obama! Jesus, man!" at my car radio far more of late than I should have in such a short amount of time.
Posted by Knat on May 14, 2013 at 1:38 AM · Report this
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If the AP leaked classified info, what's wrong with DOJ investigating the matter? How is this a scandal?
Posted by Patricia Kayden on May 14, 2013 at 9:38 AM · Report this
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I've always considered Obama to be trying very hard to be Clinton 2.0 and I've always considered Clinton to be the greatest Republican president of the 20th century, except the Republicans are too stupid to figure it out.

NAFTA, GATT, MFN for China, repeal of Glass-Steagall, Robert Rubin as Treasury Secretary, etc.

Clinton threw a lollypop right over the plate and the Republicans hit it out of the park, screwing every working man in America along the way.
Posted by CPN on May 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 17
@15- In order to get a warrant for a search, you're supposed to show probable cause. In this case the government clearly just went fishing, which is unconstitutional. That's the big deal.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on May 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM · Report this
sirkowski 18
@13 So it's not illegal.
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on May 14, 2013 at 10:54 PM · Report this

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