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.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.
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.
On the other hand, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
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.