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AP CEO's letter to Eric Holder
Associated Press ^ | 5/13/13 | Gary B. Pruit

Posted on 05/13/2013 5:24:46 PM PDT by Nachum

Edited on 05/13/2013 5:40:13 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

May 13, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder
Department of Justice Washington, D . C .

Dear General Holder :

I am writing to object in the strongest possible terms to a massive and unprecedented intrusion by the Department of Justice into the newsgathering activities of The Associated Press.

Last Friday afternoon, AP General Counsel Laura Malone received a letter from the office of United States Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. advisin g that, at some unidentified time earlier this year, the Department obtained telephone toll records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to the AP and its journalists. The records that were secretly obtained cover a full two month period in early 2012 and, at least as described in Mr. Machen’s letter, include all such records for, among other phone lines, an AP general phone number in New York City as well as AP bureaus in New York City, Washington, D.C., Hartford, Connecticut, and at the House of Representatives. This action was taken without advance notice to AP or to any of the affected journalists, and even after the fact no notice has been sent to individual journalists whose home phones and cell phone records were seized by the Department.

There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.

That the Department underto ok this unprecedented step without providing any notice to the AP, and without taking any steps to narrow the scope of its subpoenas to matters actually relevant to an ongoing investigation, is particularly troubling.

The sheer volume of records obtained, most of which can have no plausible connection to any ongoing investigation, indicates, at a minimum, that this effort did not comply with 28 C.F.R. §50.10 and should therefore never have been undertaken in the first place. The regulations require that, i n all cases and without exception, a subpoena for a reporter’s telephone toll records must be “as narrowly drawn as possible.’’ This plainly did not happen.

We regard this action by the Department of Justice as a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news. While we evaluate our options we urgently request that you immediately return to the AP the telephone toll records that the Department subpoenaed and destroy all copies. At a minimum, we request that you take steps to segregate these records and prohibit any reference to them pending further discussion and, if it proves necessary, guidance from appropriate judicial authorities. We also ask for an immediate explanation as to why this extraordinary action w as taken, and a description of the steps the Department will take to mitigate its impact on AP and its reporters.

Given the gravity of this situation, I look forward to your prompt response.

Sincerely,

Gary Pruitt


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To: Nachum
Dear Prez,

If you wanted this stuff why didn't you just ask?

41 posted on 05/13/2013 5:48:14 PM PDT by BRL
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To: Nachum

It’s all fine and well when they diss gun owners for fighting for 2nd Amendment rights and call it overreaction......until their ox gets gored.

AWAKE NOW, MEDIA?????


42 posted on 05/13/2013 5:48:36 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Nachum

Translation:

“We did our damndest to help you people. We hate conservatives, Christians, and capitalism, and the Constitution JUST as much as you do...so why are you spying on US? If ONLY you would have come to me personally, I would have helped ferret out any traitors in my organization.

But now you have embarrassed me publicly.

What did I do wrong, and how do I submit to your will to make this not happen again?”

Love and devotion,

The AP


43 posted on 05/13/2013 5:49:36 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Paladin2

Wasn't he in a show called

Run For Your Life?

How appropriate!

44 posted on 05/13/2013 5:50:14 PM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010 and Mom 4-20-26 12-8-2012)
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To: Nachum
Dear General Holder

That's "Generalissimo" to you.. Peasant.

45 posted on 05/13/2013 5:50:15 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: Nachum

Dear Gary, you forgot the all-important PS:

PS Mr Holder, we are re-examining our editorial policy vis-a-vis the Obama administration. Your prompt reply will help guide our deliberations.


46 posted on 05/13/2013 5:52:49 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (3 guns when you only have one arm? "I just don't want to get killed for lack of shooting back")
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To: tapatio

“Arrest and Trial” works too!


47 posted on 05/13/2013 5:53:27 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Hotlanta Mike

AP must have never heard the fable about the scorpion and the frog...anyone else remember when the AP didn't give a damn about the Black Panther voter intimidation story??

48 posted on 05/13/2013 5:53:48 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Nachum

Oooh. A strongly worded letter. What’s next, the comfy chair?
(Bonus points and a virtual beer to whoever gets the reference)


49 posted on 05/13/2013 5:55:04 PM PDT by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: Nachum
To AP:

You vote for them! What the hell did you expect?

50 posted on 05/13/2013 5:55:36 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: upchuck
Perhaps you can do better?

I've done so.......its not hard.

51 posted on 05/13/2013 5:56:50 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Nachum

Do you think this finally got THEIR attention as to the scope of dishonesty and criminal activity this administration has condoned and practiced?

We’ll see.....


52 posted on 05/13/2013 5:56:51 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Paladin2; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Get Woodward & Bernstein on the job PDQ!


53 posted on 05/13/2013 5:57:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Our next POTUS?


55 posted on 05/13/2013 6:01:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nachum

Has Holder blamed the CIA yet?


56 posted on 05/13/2013 6:03:07 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Chode
why do i doubt they'd be so worked up if it was FOX that got monitored...

I'll bet that Fox News has been and is being so monitored.

I mean, if they'd do it to their own supporters, you gotta conclude they've done it to Fox.

57 posted on 05/13/2013 6:03:12 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!
100%-no doubt, i meant if it came out in the news it was happening...
58 posted on 05/13/2013 6:05:16 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Nachum

I have no sympathy for these media pukes. They’ve aided and abetted the enemy, enabled Clinton, Obama, and the rest of their minions to violate the rights of law-abiding citizens. Now that they feel their rights have been violated, they’re crying the blues. How does it feel a-holes?


59 posted on 05/13/2013 6:06:48 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Nachum

“Never pick a fight with a man that buys ink by the barrel” - Sam Clemens.

/johnny


60 posted on 05/13/2013 6:07:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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