Nixon Redux

WASHINGTON (AP) – 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…

The government would not say why it sought the records. Officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have provided 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.

Why does this all seem so familiar? There’s a strong sense of déjà vu running through that news item; we have seen this before, but where…?

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4 Replies to “Nixon Redux”

  1. This is different because Nixon was an old bastard you’d expected this from and this is a “beloved” Obama whose baby pictures are still plastered all over some people’s blogs. Watch Jon Stuart’s show from last night on the subject

    1. Granted, the excesses of the IRS (which had to be approved by someone well over the Lady Who Can’t Count’s head) is a Putin-like bit of political hackery…but that pales in comparison to wiretapping journalists without due process.

      And it’s exactly the fact that Stewart spent five minutes wearing out Obama’s ass over the IRS yet mentioned the secret surveillance only as a rim shot that worries me; watching the magician’s hand cuddling the cute bunny, we never see him draw the knife…

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