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BREAKING NEWS: DRUDGE SIREN - Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe
Drudge Report ^ | 05-13-2013 | cww

Posted on 05/13/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT by CWW

Edited on 05/13/2013 1:56:19 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

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 incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

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.

"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," Pruitt said.

The government would not say why it sought the records. U.S. officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have leaked information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al-Qaida plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.

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Bad News Comes in 3s Obambi!
1 posted on 05/13/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT by CWW
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To: CWW

Wow. Talk about fouling your own nest.


2 posted on 05/13/2013 1:51:00 PM PDT by thesharkboy (posting without reading the article since 1998)
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To: CWW

He’s doing EVERYTHING to screw up now. It’s out of control and the MSM will only take so much.


3 posted on 05/13/2013 1:51:30 PM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: CWW

Eric Holder allowed this? Color me skeptical.


4 posted on 05/13/2013 1:51:35 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Cyprus - the beginning)
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To: thesharkboy

Now...we know SOMEONE is really stupid...


5 posted on 05/13/2013 1:51:44 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: CWW

The hits just keep on coming!


6 posted on 05/13/2013 1:51:47 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: CWW

It seems there are more than a few whistleblowers within the evil bowels of this Obama infested government who have decided now is the time to reveal the reveal.

This should REALLY piss off the media; they are sacrosanct in their own minds and even the Messiah dare not undermine them. He will pay for this.


7 posted on 05/13/2013 1:51:53 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: CWW

It’s ok, Holder will apologize. /s


8 posted on 05/13/2013 1:51:54 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: CWW

Or skip drudge and just go straight to the story:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/govt-obtains-wide-ap-phone-records-probe


9 posted on 05/13/2013 1:52:03 PM PDT by DManA
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To: CWW

just damn. I think this makes 4.


10 posted on 05/13/2013 1:52:16 PM PDT by libbylu
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To: CWW

Gotta get to the bottom of this too.


11 posted on 05/13/2013 1:52:28 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: thesharkboy

I sincerely doubt it, but maybe a few journo pinheads will see the light thanks to this.

Mugged by reality and all that...


12 posted on 05/13/2013 1:52:30 PM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: CWW

Hmm, seems like his handlers (the globalist banker elites) might have determined Hussein is no longer useful?


13 posted on 05/13/2013 1:52:46 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: libbylu

Is that including the Sibilius Flap that Lamar Alexander is on a screed about?


14 posted on 05/13/2013 1:53:09 PM PDT by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: CWW

Now we know why the MSM are really pissed. Since the AP letter of protest was sent today, it is apparent they already knew about this last week.


15 posted on 05/13/2013 1:53:13 PM PDT by kabar
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To: CWW

Holder was OK with combat booted thugs on Election Day.

Holder was OK with exporting machine-guns to NarcoTraffickers.

Why would he not do this?

Tell me again why they’re buying up all that ammo, buying all those MRAPS..?

GOVERNMENT BY A KENYAN.


16 posted on 05/13/2013 1:53:19 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: CWW
Awww... and the MSM thought they were kissing his *ss for a reason. Seems nothing is sacred with Obama!

How does it feel to be targets of this bunch of thugs like conservatives have been saying forever!

17 posted on 05/13/2013 1:53:26 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: CWW

You lie down with fleas, you’re going to eat dogs. Or something like that.


18 posted on 05/13/2013 1:53:26 PM PDT by Old Yeller
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To: CWW

Constitution?

First amendment??

Meh! Bumps in the road.


19 posted on 05/13/2013 1:53:40 PM PDT by RandallFlagg
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To: don-o

This happened so long ago...what difference does it make????


20 posted on 05/13/2013 1:53:44 PM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: CWW

I guess the IRS admission wasn’t enough to distract from Benghazi, so now this.


21 posted on 05/13/2013 1:53:56 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: CWW

I guess the IRS admission wasn’t enough to distract from Benghazi, so now this.


22 posted on 05/13/2013 1:53:57 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: CWW

Wasn’t that a long time ago?


23 posted on 05/13/2013 1:53:59 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: CWW

Spooks in the CIA are retaliating for O’barry walking all over them.


24 posted on 05/13/2013 1:54:00 PM PDT by Old Yeller
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To: libbylu

IRS, Benghazi, AP. Which is the 4th one? Gosnell?


25 posted on 05/13/2013 1:54:35 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: CWW

Sure looks like a movement is beginning to sacrifice Obama to save Hillary. I guess the Clinton faction in DC has their marching orders.


26 posted on 05/13/2013 1:54:35 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: CWW

Duplicate Post - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3018908/posts


27 posted on 05/13/2013 1:54:55 PM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Gaffer
It seems there are more than a few whistleblowers within the evil bowels of this Obama infested government who have decided now is the time to reveal the reveal.

Klinton machine. She isn't going under the bus alone.
28 posted on 05/13/2013 1:54:57 PM PDT by Old Yeller
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To: CWW

Gonna be fun to watch the press on this one.... they are in a box.


29 posted on 05/13/2013 1:55:03 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: CWW
Let's see how the Obama Media Complex reacts to this. . Will they finally turn and start reporting the truth? And gee, maybe we might just see some old fashioned investigative reporting? Just maybe? Now wouldn't that be something!

They could start with Obama's background. How about finally vetting Obama for starters? What do you mean he's off limits? Dude, he just stole your phone records! What will it take?

30 posted on 05/13/2013 1:55:14 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

I knew one day this day would come..this is what happens when the media kisses the ass of Obama since day 1..Obama is a cocky son of a bitch..he always believed he could get away with ANYTHING..including murder..his chickens are coming home to roost


31 posted on 05/13/2013 1:55:16 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: CWW

Let’s see the press defend this one!!!!!


32 posted on 05/13/2013 1:55:29 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: CWW

The entire Obama Gestapo needs to be run outta Dodge!!


33 posted on 05/13/2013 1:55:41 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: CWW
The Cloward and Piven strategy overwhelming the corruption system.

Dear Leader learned their lesson well.

Will there be enough time and congressmen to investigate this bottomless sewer of one scandal after another?

34 posted on 05/13/2013 1:55:47 PM PDT by Lovely-Day-For-A-Guinness (Eenie meanie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak....)
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To: taildragger; libbylu

And that high ranking Iraqi saying Obama was messing up too.


35 posted on 05/13/2013 1:55:54 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: CWW
The Obama administration has aggressively investigated disclosures of classified information to the media and has brought six cases against people suspected of leaking classified information, more than under all previous presidents combined.

Watch for him to declare Benghazi "classified."

36 posted on 05/13/2013 1:56:22 PM PDT by livius
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To: CWW
A perfect storm?
37 posted on 05/13/2013 1:56:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: CWW

Are we witnessing the fall of the Fourth Reich?

38 posted on 05/13/2013 1:56:29 PM PDT by McGruff (You are either with us or you are with the RINOs.)
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To: riri
This is the final scene from Will Smith's Enemy of the State. The Obamaites and the Clintonites have opened fire on each other and nobody's gonna stop until all clips have been emptied.


39 posted on 05/13/2013 1:56:31 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Doomonyou

Any one of these would take down a Republican president (from rino-minor-league all the way to true Conservative). We’ll see what happens.


40 posted on 05/13/2013 1:56:32 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: CWW

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of people
/s


41 posted on 05/13/2013 1:57:06 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: libbylu

just damn. I think this makes 4.


We’ve only seen a tiny tip of the iceberg.


42 posted on 05/13/2013 1:57:14 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Old Yeller
Klinton machine. She isn't going under the bus alone.

Oh you are good OY.. They both know where each others metaphorical bodies are burried, watch for the return volley as they try to take out each other...

Glenn Beck was right, aka just like the arrogance of Weiner, they will destroy themselves...

43 posted on 05/13/2013 1:57:16 PM PDT by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: CWW

Records for April and May 2012; what was going on then?


44 posted on 05/13/2013 1:57:19 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: CWW

It does not appear that this includes tapping the phones - it appears that this was just gathering the call records. That is, what numbers were called by the reporters, what numbers called them, how long the calls lasted, etc. And that is bad enough...


45 posted on 05/13/2013 1:57:26 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

CIA has opened fired on all of them...It’s a war..and Obama’s Presidency is on fire.


46 posted on 05/13/2013 1:57:46 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: CWW

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/govt-obtains-wide-ap-phone-records-probe

The government would not say why it sought the records.

U.S. officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have leaked information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot.

In the letter notifying the AP received Friday, the Justice Department offered no explanation for the seizure

Among those whose phone numbers were obtained were five reporters and an editor who were involved in the May 7, 2012 story.

News organizations normally are notified in advance that the government wants phone records and enter into negotiations over the desired information. In this case, however, the government, in its letter to the AP, cited an exemption to those rules that holds that prior notification can be waived if such notice, in the exemption’s wording, might “pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation.”

It is unknown whether a judge or a grand jury signed off on the subpoenas.


47 posted on 05/13/2013 1:57:48 PM PDT by kcvl
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OK, NOW can we have a Woodward and Bernstien and an impeachment? Obama is 10 times worse than Nixon ever dreamed of on his worst day.


48 posted on 05/13/2013 1:57:51 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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"Bad News Comes in 3s Obambi!"

Now wait a minute. How are we suppose to keep track of all these crimes? Is there a computer program for this? ;-)

49 posted on 05/13/2013 1:57:58 PM PDT by Average Al
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If the idiots in the media don’t go ballistic over this, they are completely lost. If there is one things EVERY journalist in our lifetime has protected tooth and nail it is the confidentiality of sources. Many have gone to jail to defend this core of the profession.


50 posted on 05/13/2013 1:58:06 PM PDT by ilgipper (The lesson for the GOP is simple - don't let the opposition define you)
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