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US seizure of journalist records called 'chilling'
AFP ^ | June 19, 2013 | AFP

Posted on 06/19/2013 7:19:42 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

The US government's secret seizure of Associated Press phone records had a "chilling effect" on newsgathering by the agency and other news organizations, AP's top executive said Wednesday.

"Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us," AP president and chief executive Gary Pruitt said in a speech to the National Press Club.

"In some cases, government employees we once checked in with regularly will no longer speak to us by phone. Others are reluctant to meet in person ... This chilling effect on newsgathering is not just limited to AP.

"Journalists from other news organizations have personally told me that it has intimidated both official and nonofficial sources from speaking to them as well."

Pruitt spoke one month after the US news agency revealed that it had been notified after the fact that the US Justice Department had secret subpoenas of two months of phone records from its news operations.

The AP has said US authorities appeared to have sought out the records as part of a criminal investigation into leaked information contained in a May 2012 AP story about a foiled terror plot.

Pruitt, who previously called the seizure "a massive and unprecedented intrusion" into newsgathering, said the Justice Department "violated its own rules" on how it handles investigations of leaks to news media.

He said the collection of records pertaining to more than 100 journalists was "an overbroad and sloppy fishing expedition" and failed to follow procedures on notification.

Pruitt said that authorities maintained that by notifying the AP ahead of the sweep "it would have tipped off the leaker" but argued "that kind of reasoning would apply in every single case."

This rationale would mean news organizations would never know when its records are being obtained, news sources would become less willing to speak and "the public will only know what the government wants them to know."

The Justice Department has told the AP "that our phone records have been and will continue to be walled off, protected and used for no other purpose other than the leak investigation," Pruitt said.

"We appreciate these assurances. But that does not excuse what they did. We need to make sure it doesn't happen again."

The AP chief said the US administration should reaffirm the right of advance notice to news organizations, and use the courts to adjudicate any disputes on whether certain records are needed.

He also called for a "federal shield law with teeth" to ensure that journalists are not prosecuted for doing their jobs.

"We do not dispute that the government has the right to pursue those who leak classified information," he said.

But he argued that "no one in this country should ever be prosecuted for committing journalism."

Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder said the leak which prompted the seizure of journalist phone records was a "very serious" matter which "puts the American people at risk."

Pruitt said Wednesday however that the AP waited five days before publishing the article, until after it had been assured by US officials that "the national security risk had passed.

The US administration under President Barack Obama has been aggressive in pursuing leaks of secret government information.

Authorities have said they had opened a probe into Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked details about a cast US government electronic surveillance program.

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou was sentenced in January to two and a half years in prison for leaking the name of a secret agent implicated in harsh interrogations of Al-Qaeda suspects.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ap; apscandal; associatedpress; benghazi; fastandfurious; impeachnow; irs; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; tyranny

1 posted on 06/19/2013 7:19:42 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

First Amendment is Protected by the Second Amendment. Exercise your Rights, Pruitt.


2 posted on 06/19/2013 7:23:22 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: Jet Jaguar
Obama won this round. He shut down the free press.
3 posted on 06/19/2013 7:26:51 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Jet Jaguar

It’ not like you were actually reporting any relevant news anyway, AP. Maybe if you were this wouldn’t have happened.


4 posted on 06/19/2013 7:27:49 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

The US press is either too corrupt or afraid to print this article or to express these sentiments. Isn’t the article from a French source.


5 posted on 06/19/2013 7:28:11 PM PDT by STJPII
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To: STJPII

It is.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


6 posted on 06/19/2013 7:30:41 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: bunkerhill7

Stupid question:

What evidence is there that AP’s records had been accessed or they had been wiretapped?

Isn’t it a bit convenient that the ONLY thing preventing this from being solely about targeting conservative groups are this AP thing and now spurious random claims of “liberal groups also being targeted”???

After all, it was “the letter” (US Atty. Machin) that broke the AP supposed incident. I’ve seen no proof it occurred at all.


7 posted on 06/19/2013 7:31:26 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: STJPII

Hey Pruitt, You helped him get in now STFU and live with it OR fight!


8 posted on 06/19/2013 7:31:52 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: Jet Jaguar
"Pruitt said Wednesday however that the AP waited five days before publishing the article, until after it had been assured by US officials that "the national security risk had passed. "

It is indeed chilling - I had not heard - or had forgotten - the above quote. Obvious set-up. This benighted Regime has trampled on damned near everything in the First, Second and Fourth Amendments and has routinely refused to enforce existing statutory law - e.g. DOMA.

I suspect that the other shoe will drop before November 2016.

We'll wake up one morning and the jack-booted Brown-shirts of DHS will be in full and irrevocable control.



"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

9 posted on 06/19/2013 7:36:33 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the A<font size=4><b>rchangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Fairly easily solved. Have all “investigative journalists” arrange to get their leads from the “authorized government leaker” list. It makes it all so much easier .... no warrants, no unexpected information leaked, stories (propaganda) can be pre-written and just handed to the journalist saving errors in grammar and content. What pseudo-journalist from CNN, NBC, AP, Times, etc. could turn down an easy slam dunk like this.


10 posted on 06/19/2013 7:40:30 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (UN Secretary General Barki-At-Moon says, "Save the planet - eat more bugs"!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

The Plan: DOJ + NSA + IRS = KGB


11 posted on 06/19/2013 7:54:13 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Minus the MSM completes your almost perfect equation. Who knows, getting the press shutdow may have been the first order of business.


12 posted on 06/19/2013 8:04:32 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Toespi

Obama is planning something against his political enemies. The DHS arms race, the NSA spying, labeling your political opponents as terrorists, the press crackdown. Historically, all these are things dictators do right before seizing absolute power.


13 posted on 06/19/2013 8:07:10 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: avacado
Another successful mulatto op.

Bammy is waging Jihad on America.

14 posted on 06/19/2013 8:07:31 PM PDT by Paladin2 (;-))
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To: Jet Jaguar

What would the Dictator have done to the AP if they were conservatives? Lined them up and shot them?


15 posted on 06/19/2013 8:08:58 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: Jet Jaguar

They voted for him.

And they would do it again.


16 posted on 06/19/2013 8:15:58 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Free Stuff, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: Thane_Banquo
I have been saying this since Benghazi.

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17 posted on 06/19/2013 8:17:09 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
[The AP has said US authorities appeared to have sought out the records as part of a criminal investigation into leaked information contained in a May 2012 AP story about a foiled terror plot.]

This was all a charade. In May 2012 someone in the National Security Council or the White House leaked detailed descriptions of secret operations being conducted against Iran and terrorist targets by the U.S., Israel and the U.K. Since the leaks tended to paint Obama as strong on national security the news media began to speculate that the White House was behind the leaks.

In June 2012 a House committee announced it would investigate the leaks. Obama effectively halted that investigation by ordering Eric Holder and the Justice Department to investigate. After interviewing hundreds of witnesses Holder's investigation found nothing, mainly because the leaks came from the White House and the DOJ probe was a farcical snipe hunt.

However it wasn't a wasted effort because Holder was able to subpoena the AP’s phone records. With these White House operatives were able to identify many, if not all, of the AP’s confidential sources in the Obama Administration, in Congress and elsewhere.

18 posted on 06/19/2013 8:33:12 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee; LucyT

Ping to 18.

Thanks Brad.


19 posted on 06/19/2013 8:53:40 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


20 posted on 06/19/2013 9:15:10 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Folks are gonna have to brush up on their tradecraft, the “brush pass” , the “dead drop”,the “cut out” & “mail box”,”Moscow rules” and such. but what do you expect from a junta run by a Chicago thug .


21 posted on 06/19/2013 11:00:15 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: Brad from Tennessee; Jet Jaguar; Fractal Trader; MestaMachine; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; ...
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. . . . Check out # 18 .

Thanks, J.J.

22 posted on 06/19/2013 11:04:39 PM PDT by LucyT ("Once you've gone round the bend you've gone as far as you can go. ")
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To: ConorMacNessa
We'll wake up one morning and the jack-booted Brown-shirts of DHS will be in full and irrevocable control.

Full, perhaps, irrevocable, never.

23 posted on 06/20/2013 12:17:01 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Thane_Banquo

>> these are things dictators do right before seizing absolute power <<

worth repeating


24 posted on 06/20/2013 5:11:51 AM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Live each day as if it's your last. It might be.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Mission Accomplished by The Dictator.


25 posted on 06/20/2013 5:32:37 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: avacado

Obama won this round. He shut down the free press.


This round? He has won EVERY round very easily.


26 posted on 06/20/2013 5:34:41 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Obama effectively halted that investigation by ordering Eric Holder and the Justice Department to investigate. After interviewing hundreds of witnesses Holder's investigation found nothing, mainly because the leaks came from the White House and the DOJ probe was a farcical snipe hunt. However it wasn't a wasted effort because Holder was able to subpoena the AP’s phone records. With these White House operatives were able to identify many, if not all, of the AP’s confidential sources in the Obama Administration, in Congress and elsewhere.

Folks from Chicago play rough... they're out to make an example of the AP...

27 posted on 06/20/2013 9:09:57 AM PDT by GOPJ (... liberal anger, the privileged wheeze of entitled brats ... Greenfield)
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To: avacado; Jet Jaguar

” Obama won this round. He shut down the free press. “

Correct.


28 posted on 06/20/2013 10:10:26 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Travis McGee

” The Plan: DOJ + NSA + IRS = KGB”

Bingo.


29 posted on 06/20/2013 10:11:35 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: GOPJ
[Folks from Chicago play rough... they're out to make an example of the AP...]

Every daily newspaper, most radio stations, and every TV station in the U.S. is an AP member. The AP could bend Obama in half if they chose to. The problem is that AP management and most of their employees are ideological travelers with Obama.

30 posted on 06/20/2013 6:19:54 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

AP exec sez it, this is sourced in the AFP. Kinda figures. Thanks Jet Jaguar.


31 posted on 06/20/2013 8:05:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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