Update - Justice Depart. Spied for Months on AP Reporters; Holder Recuses SelfSubmitted by SteveMT on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:16
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.