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Update - Justice Depart. Spied for Months on AP Reporters; Holder Recuses Self

Associated Press: Justice Dept Defends Secret Review of AP Records, May 14, 2013


Holder recuses himself from Associated Press investigation
By Richard A. Serrano May 14, 2013, 10:50 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. recused himself from the leak investigation in which federal prosecutors seized records from 20 telephone lines used by reporters and editors at the Associated Press, and the matter is instead being coordinated by the FBI and the local U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, a top Justice Department official said.

In his absence, the investigation is being supervised by Deputy Atty. Gen. James Cole, “who has served as the acting attorney general overseeing this investigation,” the official said.

Holder made the decision to recuse himself after he was interviewed by the FBI in connection with the investigation.
Watergate Was For Amateurs: Justice Department Spied For Months On Associated Press Reporters

And so the final curtain falls on the myth of what was supposed to be, in its own words, the "most transparent administration" in history.

As it turns out, the big Friday story of Bloomberg journalists snooping on its clients was just amateur hour compared to what the AP was about to serve. In fact, the Watergate affair may soon appear like a walk in the park compared to the First Amendment shitstorm that is about to be unleashed following the just reported news that the US Department of Justice had "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."

First amendment? Freedom of speech and press? Surely not when it comes to the Nobel-peace prize winning President and those who dare to expose his secret ways.


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    1914 ~ Attorney General informed all phone records go to ATT

    Brief History: The Bell System ~ ATT Monopoly
    1914 ATT Letter to US Attorney General Taken Control of all long distance phone business.
    AT&T Annual Report, 1914. Government regulation is "independent, intelligent, considerate, thorough and just," as an appropriate and acceptable substitute for the competitive marketplace. The United States government accepted this principle, initially in a 1913 agreement known as the Kingsbury Commitment. At several later points, as political philosophy evolved, federal administrations investigated the telephone monopoly in light of general antitrust law and alleged company abuses. One notable result was an anti-trust suit filed in 1949, which led in 1956 to a consent decree signed by AT&T and Department of Justice...

    Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

    Apparently we gave all of our checks on executive power to Eric

    Holder and Eric has the audacity not to groom Obamas stool!

    Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right. -Henry Ford

    Get our birds aloft! Our Internet must win this World War!

    The Modern Internet, winning the Great War (WW I) circa 1914. Mobile messenger pigeon loft. By jove, get cracking! We've got a war to win!

    Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

    3 Stage News Events: 1) AP 2) Reuters 3) Run the Presses

    Diagram courtesy of Mr Net. AP is a wholly owned subsidiarity of Reuters, which in turn is controlled by 1 founder stock with sole voting right to whomever controls it. That sole vote controls much of the Free Press. ~
    Reuters & AP are oft first & second stage of financial & political news around the world. For centuries. Read about Waterloo & carrier pigeons.

    Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

    How many things can these clowns get wrong?

    Here is a funny video explaining why their tax plan will cause big problems.


    Protect your assets and profit from the greatest wealth transfer in history.

    Impeach Obama


    Case of the Monday's

    on Tuesday.

    Honestly, does anyone care enough to do anything? AP gets tapped by the FBI, reports it, and file no complaint or lawsuit?

    What's the point anymore?

    I just don't think enough people give 2 $hits about anything important. No offense, Steve, and, as always, good article.

    If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

    Cyril's picture

    Playing the Devil's advocate, I'd argue it's now just perfectly

    Playing the Devil's advocate, I'd argue this is now just perfectly consistent...

    ... with the framework set up by the Patriot Act a decade ago.

    Without it, I'd agree this would be a new scandal making the Watergate affair to look like a pleasant joke. Likely with a POTUS POSOTUS impeached next day or same week anyway.

    But with it around... I can't see how such practices couldn't have become the new, current, standard, expectation.

    Standard procedure, now! Get used to it.

    Oh, and btw: don't you dare criticizing it! Under the same Patriot Act, questioning the very surveillance of the press it enabled for its grand "National Security" purposes, is likely to make you a potential, dangerous terrorist, your turn, or affiliate thereof.

    Well, yes, even if yourself, you didn't know you could ever be one. Heck, doesn't matter what you believe in or think, including, in good faith, in peace, the non-aggression principle, etc.

    National Security knows better than you do, duh! For it spent and continues to spend the billions $$$ it stole and continues to steal from you, remember?

    "National Security" especially knows darn well how to spit upon, smash, crush your rights, prior to doing it to yourself.

    Again: "thank you, Congress."

    "Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


    "To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

    SteveMT's picture

    Agree, Cyril. Reading the 1st Amend. has become a jaw-dropper.

    First Amendment to the United States Constitution

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    How can such words so simply, clearly, and beautifully composed have become so grotesquely altered? That "standard procedure" that you mention just hit a new low, and tyranny just hit a new high. You're right. The (un-) Patriot Act covers them here. The Patriot Act also covers them for targeting Homegrown terrorist groups (like us) who want limited government and following the Constitution. The NDAA covers them in Boston and Benghazi. They are warped and corrupt to the core.

    Relax Everyone

    Just like in the IRS going after the Tea Party, I'm sure it was just low-level people who approved the subpoenas and not AG Holder. Just a couple of "bad apples".

    "Nothing to see here". Now turn in your guns!

    Justice Department published rules require that subpoenas of records from news organizations must be personally approved by the attorney general but it was not known if that happened in this case. The letter notifying AP that its phone records had been obtained though subpoenas was sent Friday by Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney in Washington.

    This Is In Line With...

    ...what AJ said yesterday about Bilderberg now being "google-berg". I know there are a lot of anti-AJ people on here and I'm not saying that what he says is necessarily correct (I'm pretty new at following AJ and still deciding what I think about his show). I'm just saying that, from a high level perspective, what AJ is saying makes sense with what we're seeing.


    I consider

    Alex Jones a hero and true American patriot.

    SteveMT's picture

    With a non-transparent government, ...

    many interpretations become possibilities. His make the most sense, IMO, but the phrase 'kill the messenger' remains in force.

    from the AP article: "The

    from the AP article:
    "The reason for these constraints, the department says, is to avoid actions that "might impair the news gathering function" because the government recognizes that "freedom of the press can be no broader than the freedom of reporters to investigate and report the news."

    so, "freedom" is redefined as don't report anything government officials consider secret. Just report news made available via public release, and leave it to the government to decide what's news. This then is the source of the USA limited reporting seen in main stream media channels. Not the courageous reporters' faults. It is simply government overreach to hide behind a curtain of censorship.

    Birds of a feather have flocked together for time immortal.

    Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul


    I love it!