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DOJ on secretly obtaining AP phone records: ‘we value the freedom of the press’
Daily Caller ^ | 5/13/13 | Alexis Levinson

Posted on 05/13/2013 5:15:09 PM PDT by Nachum

The Department of Justice issued a vague response to an Associated Press report Monday that the DOJ had “secretly obtained” two months worth of phone records of AP reporters and editors.

AP reported that the government would not give an explanation for why it had sought out the phone records, but noted that the DOJ had previously stated that it was looking into who leaked information to the AP for a story in May about a terror plot that was successfully deterred. In the story were details about “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.”

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder [pdf], AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt called the seizure of phone records “a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news” and demanded that the DOJ sequester the seized records and explain its actions.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ap; apphone; doj; dojphonescandal; freedom; press
You will value it a lot more after you're out of a job.
1 posted on 05/13/2013 5:15:09 PM PDT by Nachum
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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/


2 posted on 05/13/2013 5:15:31 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

The AP shouldn’t object if they have nothing to hide. Isn’t that what the left says?


3 posted on 05/13/2013 5:18:19 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: Nachum

“We Have Always Been At War With Eastasia.”


4 posted on 05/13/2013 5:18:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: Nachum

The press’ dereliction of duty to report - not shape - the news makes me wonder if there really is freedom of the press.

Most today are barely capable of transcribing liberal press releases.


5 posted on 05/13/2013 5:19:17 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: Nachum

If Obama or Holder say this, it is the exact opposite of what they say. These people are not hard to figure out.


6 posted on 05/13/2013 5:21:31 PM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: Nachum
...‘we value the freedom of the press’....

....until they're no longer useful.

7 posted on 05/13/2013 5:21:50 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Nachum

Murderers value life...

Hackers value privacy...

The government ruling class values truth and honor...


8 posted on 05/13/2013 5:23:33 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Nachum

9 posted on 05/13/2013 5:28:07 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Nachum

The American Civil Liberties Union said the use of subpoenas for a broad swath of records has a chilling effect both on journalists and whistleblowers who want to reveal government wrongdoing. “The attorney general must explain the Justice Department’s actions to the public so that we can make sure this kind of press intimidation does not happen again,” said Laura Murphy, the director of ACLU’s Washington legislative office.

Rules published by the Justice Department require that subpoenas of records of news organizations must be personally approved by the attorney general, but it was not known if that happened in this case. The letter notifying AP that its phone records had been obtained through subpoenas was sent Friday by Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney in Washington.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/13/doj-on-secretly-obtaining-ap-phone-records-we-value-the-freedom-of-the-press/


10 posted on 05/13/2013 5:29:14 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Nachum
I wouldn't start cheering just yet. It seems more like the DOJ is saying it's not news until and unless the government says it's news. Remember, this administration will do nothing that benefits us, only what benefits them. Anonymous sources are vital.

From the article: "it was looking into who leaked information to the AP for a story in May about a terror plot that was successfully deterred. In the story were details about a CIA operation"

11 posted on 05/13/2013 5:30:00 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby.)
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To: Nachum

Read it a’fore it gits yanked:
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Associated Press
By ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO
Associated Press – Mon, May 7, 2012

CIA thwarts new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.

The plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.

The FBI is examining the latest bomb to see whether it could have passed through airport security and brought down an airplane, officials said. They said the device did not contain metal, meaning it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector. But it was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected it.

There were no immediate plans to change security procedures at U.S. airports.

The would-be suicide bomber, based in Yemen, had not yet picked a target or bought a plane ticket when the CIA stepped in and seized the bomb, officials said. It’s not immediately clear what happened to the alleged bomber.

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said President Barack Obama learned about the plot in April and was assured the device posed no threat to the public.

“The president thanks all intelligence and counterterrorism professionals involved for their outstanding work and for serving with the extraordinary skill and commitment that their enormous responsibilities demand,” Hayden said.

The operation unfolded even as the White House and Department of Homeland Security assured the American public that they knew of no al-Qaida plots against the U.S. around the anniversary of bin Laden’s death. The operation was carried out over the past few weeks, officials said.

“We have no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, are plotting attacks in the U.S. to coincide with the anniversary of bin Laden’s death,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said on April 26.

On May 1, the Department of Homeland Security said, “We have no indication of any specific, credible threats or plots against the U.S. tied to the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death.”

The White House did not explain those statements Monday.

The AP learned about the thwarted plot last week but agreed to White House and CIA requests not to publish it immediately because the sensitive intelligence operation was still under way. Once officials said those concerns were allayed, the AP decided to disclose the plot Monday despite requests from the Obama administration to wait for an official announcement Tuesday.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security acknowledged the existence of the bomb late Monday, but there were no immediate plans to adjust security procedures at airports. Other officials, who were briefed on the operation, insisted on anonymity to discuss details of the plot, many of which the U.S. has not officially acknowledged.

“The device never presented a threat to public safety, and the U.S. government is working closely with international partners to address associated concerns with the device,” the FBI said in a statement.

It’s not clear who built the bomb, but, because of its sophistication and its similarity to the Christmas bomb, counterterrorism officials suspected it was the work of master bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri or one of his protégées. Al-Asiri constructed the first underwear bomb and two others that al-Qaida built into printer cartridges and shipped to the U.S. on cargo planes in 2010.

Both of those bombs used a powerful industrial explosive. Both were nearly successful.

The operation is an intelligence victory for the United States and a reminder of al-Qaida’s ambitions, despite the death of bin Laden and other senior leaders. Because of instability in the Yemeni government, the terrorist group’s branch there has gained territory and strength. It has set up terrorist camps and, in some areas, even operates as a de facto government.

But along with the gains there also have been losses. The group has suffered significant setbacks as the CIA and the U.S. military focus more on Yemen. On Sunday, Fahd al-Quso, a senior al-Qaida leader, was hit by a missile as he stepped out of his vehicle along with another operative in the southern Shabwa province of Yemen.

Al-Quso, 37, was on the FBI’s most wanted list, with a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. He was indicted in the U.S. for his role in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in the harbor of Aden, Yemen, in which 17 American sailors were killed and 39 injured.

Al-Quso was believed to have replaced Anwar al-Awlaki as the group’s head of external operations. Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. airstrike last year.

Associated Press writers Kimberly Dozier and Eileen Sullivan contributed to this report.
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12 posted on 05/13/2013 5:30:30 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: trubolotta

The co-conspirators to the Obama fraud now aghast that Obama would snoop on their activities...my how rich.


13 posted on 05/13/2013 5:30:56 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Nachum

Schadenfreude.


14 posted on 05/13/2013 5:31:27 PM PDT by randita
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To: Nachum
Nixon was a piker with his “Plumbers”, Obama has all departments working for his wishes.
15 posted on 05/13/2013 5:31:36 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: LyinLibs

Begind the veil...good graphic!


16 posted on 05/13/2013 5:31:37 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Nachum
we value the freedom of the press, as long as they're on our side that is...
17 posted on 05/13/2013 5:32:17 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: Repeal The 17th
The operation unfolded even as the White House and Department of Homeland Security assured the American public that they knew of no al-Qaida plots against the U.S. around the anniversary of bin Laden’s death.

And this is it in a nutshell. Pride.

18 posted on 05/13/2013 5:34:11 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: LyinLibs

What a coincidence! The AP breaks the IRS story and the next day we find that the DoJ is going through their records.


19 posted on 05/13/2013 5:37:15 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Repeal The 17th

If it gets yanked, here is the google search link:
“CIA thwarts new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot”
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https://www.google.com/search?num=50&newwindow=1&safe=off&site=&source=hp&q=CIA+thwarts+new+al-Qaida+underwear+bomb+plot&oq=CIA+thwarts+new+al-Qaida+underwear+bomb+plot&gs_l=hp.3..0i22i10i30j0i22i30l3.3244.3244.0.5899.1.1.0.0.0.0.165.165.0j1.1.0...0.0...1c..12.hp.pCgWAYyMINU
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20 posted on 05/13/2013 5:37:43 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Nachum

What a coincidence! The AP breaks the IRS story and the next day we find that the DoJ is going through their records.”

I think the phone-tapping “revelation” is a threat to AP.

In other words, “We know who you (reporters) have been talking to, and we know what topics you probably discussed, and if you break another story about Obamatollah, we know exactly which reporters to put in prison, and don’t think we’ll hesitate for a moment.”


21 posted on 05/13/2013 5:41:59 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Nachum

You know, they had that meeting with the press earlier, Benghazi is heating up, Gosnell verdict is in, all these things reflect badly on Obama and company more so than the IRS behavior(not that I am being dismissive of it). Something just stinks hear. Maybe its collusion with the media to cover up the other things with another story or perhaps Hilary’s forces are punching back after more revelations by the State Dept. I just feel like I am being treated to a 3 ringed circus as this point.


22 posted on 05/13/2013 6:01:42 PM PDT by DarkWaters ("Deception is a state of mind --- and the mind of the state" --- James Jesus Angleton)
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To: DarkWaters

hear = here


23 posted on 05/13/2013 6:03:48 PM PDT by DarkWaters ("Deception is a state of mind --- and the mind of the state" --- James Jesus Angleton)
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To: Nachum
When Holder is totally out of a job, no pension, no retirement....Ping me.

Won't happen...it NEVER happens.

These folks are untouchable.........

24 posted on 05/13/2013 6:11:28 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Life is a bitch. If it was easy, we would call it a slut)
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To: Nachum

Obama’s DOJ is the most transparent organization ever.


25 posted on 05/13/2013 6:37:53 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: All
“...It’s not immediately clear what happened to the alleged bomber....”


I would recommend a controlled test of the bomb/bomber cobination in a location away from people...

26 posted on 05/13/2013 6:57:41 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: Nachum

Jay Carney: “Let me give you some off the record deep background. No, not you -them.”

IRS spokesmen: “It wasn’t politically motivated, just a mistake.”

Department of Justice: “We value freedom of the press.”


27 posted on 05/13/2013 7:46:11 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: llevrok; sickoflibs; Liz; neverdem

First they came for people in the Tea Party,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t in a Tea Party.

Then they came for people who used words like ‘constitution’ and ‘patriot’,
and I didn’t speak out because those words didn’t matter to me.

Then they came for conservative Jews and evangelical Christians
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a believer...

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.


28 posted on 05/13/2013 7:50:01 PM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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To: GOPJ; llevrok; Liz; neverdem
RE :”First they came for people in the...”

Then they passed an internet sales tax enforcement bill in the US Senate with help of about 15 RINOs (McCain and Grahamnesty naturally) and it really p...ed me off.

29 posted on 05/13/2013 7:56:13 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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