Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Schadenfreude This Rich Should Be Fattening...

Gov't obtains wide AP phone records in probe
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.
This story has been all over the blogosphere/Facebook/social media. I'm really torn on this one. On the one hand, this is what those of us on the side of freedom have been warning about for decades. The Bill of Rights is an all-or-nothing proposal. You can't just pick and choose the amendments you like or don't like. Support one, support them all. Let one fall by the wayside - like the media is all-too-happy to do with the Second Amendment - you lose all right to complain when the rights you *do* support start coming under assault.


You see, this is what happens when you support tyranny in one guise. It starts taking other forms as well. I especially liked this part:
In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.
Gee. Why is registration good when it comes to guns, but bad when it comes to reporters? Remember, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear, right? If those reporters weren't associating with criminals or helping terrorists, they should have no reason to hide their correspondences from the government, right? It is positively stunning how righteously indignant they get when it's their sacred cow on the barbeque, isn't it?

Take a good long look, Associated Press. You too, New York Times. MSNBCBS, you're not exempt either. The government whose causes you are so quick to champion will turn on you quickly and without remorse - bank on it. Once you have helped them disarm the citizens, there is - quite literally - nothing to stop them from defanging the media. You know, after all, the pen is mightier than the sword and all that. Information is dangerous stuff.

Just wait until they make you get in line to get fingerprinted and register your microphones and printing presses...

That is all.


Anonymous said...

It's enough to make me want to twist the liberal argument on them.

"what are all these journalists worried about? After all, law abiding reporters have nothing to worry about."

That will go over well. Right.

Brad_in_MA said...

The Bill of Rights is an all-or-nothing proposal. You can't just pick and choose the amendments you like or don't like. Support one, support them all.

Jay, Alan Dershowitz, uber-liberal Harvard / ACLU lawyer has been saying this for decades. He is very outspoken about the degree to which he HATES the 2nd, but also realizes that you have take the lot. No cherry picking allowed.

libertyman said...

Very Nixonian of them, but I am sure it is even more widespread.

Old NFO said...

+1 on Anon... :-)

Borepatch said...

If the MSM lets the Obama administration get away with this, just wait until there's a Republican administration.

Anonymous said...

I wonder who in this administration is putting together the enemies list for BHO and will the press ever publish it like they did Richard Nixons?


Anonymoosetard said...

Cherry picking or not, what's good for the goose IS good for the gander. We should be DEMANDING that the gubment treat EVERY GOD GIVEN right the same; positively AND negatively. Maybe then those idiots will understand us. I need some quid pro quo or they can just piss off; no sympathy. Want an abortion, f-you get a license. Wanna be an idiot reporter, f-you get a license. Wanna be a liberal blogger, f-you get a license. Also, we're never gonna get back our records so why the hell should they? Do they really think that this is the only instance of gubment snooping? At least we can EFFECTIVELY defend our rights. When they come knocking on the doors of the libleftardedmedia what are they gonna do, whine at them? And when it comes right down to it I will not be on the front lines for any "action" to defend the AP. F-em.

dustydog said...

Hmm - obviously we need every document and file that seized released for public scrutiny.

Anonymous said...

I predict that there will be a BIG investigation (by the FBI, run by an Obama appointee)
and no wrongdoing will be found (or some flunky did it - bad peon - no biscuit),
then they will pass a complicated law against it just as they leave office,
so that the next administration (republican, I hope) can't turn around and do it to them.
They will claim all sorts of credit for "stopping" this sort of wrongdoing in the future,
and their supporters in the media will completely ignore the fact that
they could have prevented it themselves simply by exercising a little self control.