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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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1 posted on 05/13/2013 5:24:46 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

Sorry about the formatting.

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 5:25:42 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

LOL...a strongly worded letter....in another era it would be tar and pitchfork time...


3 posted on 05/13/2013 5:26:14 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Nachum

Bozo’s administration is turning into scandals getting out of a clown car. Let’s see how far the Brown Shirt Media thinks they can cover for the Clown in Chief.


4 posted on 05/13/2013 5:27:39 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Nachum

When attacking your enemies, remember your friends do not take kindly to friendly fire.


5 posted on 05/13/2013 5:28:11 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: goodnesswins

We may have to settle for “ink-by-the-barrel and pitchforks.”


6 posted on 05/13/2013 5:28:22 PM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Nachum

They were all for Obama/Holder until they were against them...LOL.


7 posted on 05/13/2013 5:28:41 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

crickets chirping on that immediate response...


8 posted on 05/13/2013 5:30:18 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: Nachum

So, the AP finally twigged to the fact that we have Stalinists in charge.


9 posted on 05/13/2013 5:30:21 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Nachum

Hell hath no fury like a lefty betrayed by a fellow lefty. Enjoy!


10 posted on 05/13/2013 5:30:33 PM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: Nachum
Sorry about the formatting.

You mean laziness? You could have easily gone thru it and inserted paragraph breaks on your own...........just sayin

11 posted on 05/13/2013 5:31:08 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Nachum
Ben Gazi? That's so yesterday. It happened a long time ago.

Here, look at this new super shiny thing.

Is that? ... Why, yes, I believe it is. There's a dog wagging back there!!

12 posted on 05/13/2013 5:31:49 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: Nachum

You may have seen the WH’s response 1/2 hour ago - We will not comment on an ongoing investigation being conducted by the AG....blah blah blah.

There’s got to be some butts a puckerin’ at 1700 Penn. tonight.


13 posted on 05/13/2013 5:31:50 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: Nachum

Hi Nachum, thanks for posting this.

Has anyone read/heard if there was a Court that authorized these wiretaps? If not, there are crimes committed by DOJ. Apologies would be insufficient.

If private carriers voluntarily provided data, legal action can be brought against them.

Gwjack


14 posted on 05/13/2013 5:31:56 PM PDT by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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To: FlyingEagle

The useful idiots get killed first, right?


15 posted on 05/13/2013 5:32:54 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Nachum
Pruit long ago gave up the right to protest. He enabled big government redistribution crony politics.

Meanwhile in a nice voice over at NPR they are describing how well Thee Affordable Healthcare Act will be administered.

16 posted on 05/13/2013 5:34:40 PM PDT by alrea
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To: Nachum

Commie fight!


17 posted on 05/13/2013 5:34:52 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Nachum

Hey Zero, does Robespierre ring a bell? Threatening and or attacking your supporters may not bode well for you. Cross the media and who is going to run interference for you?


18 posted on 05/13/2013 5:35:01 PM PDT by UpInArms (without failure there's no success only slavery)
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To: Nachum

They are looking for CIA leakers.....who also might be leaking Benghazi tips. JMO


19 posted on 05/13/2013 5:35:05 PM PDT by DainBramage
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To: Nachum

I guess the president of AP missed the Obama speech in Ohio about crazies talking about government tyranny. Maybe he needs a tax audit to jog his memory.


20 posted on 05/13/2013 5:35:16 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: Nachum
why do i doubt they'd be so worked up if it was FOX that got monitored...
21 posted on 05/13/2013 5:35:49 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: Hot Tabasco

I guess you didn’t look at the original. A .pdf file. Definitely not the easiest to cut and paste. Perhaps you can do better?

Give Nachum a break.


22 posted on 05/13/2013 5:35:51 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: Nachum

Welcome to Obama’s surveillance state. Enjoy.


23 posted on 05/13/2013 5:36:46 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama - Is being YELLOW a high crime?)
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To: Nachum

The AP helped make that bed...


24 posted on 05/13/2013 5:37:21 PM 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: Hotlanta Mike

Looks like some “MOMMENTUM” is helping the good guys. Bo & Co. can’t play defense and have already used all their offense.


25 posted on 05/13/2013 5:37:37 PM PDT by DrDude (Governor of the 57th State)
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To: JPG

Who own’s Eric Cartman eating Popcorn from South Park caption this going be huge LOL!


26 posted on 05/13/2013 5:37:59 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Clicking the link is a pretty trivial exercise and has the better editing of the A(dministration)P(ress).


27 posted on 05/13/2013 5:38:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nachum

Here, here, AP - just put some ice on it. You’ll still love him in the morning and we all know it.


28 posted on 05/13/2013 5:38:37 PM PDT by Lake Living
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To: upchuck

Not joining the fray, but if you save a .pdf file to your desktop, then you can cut and paste. Just trying to be helpful.


29 posted on 05/13/2013 5:38:53 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: upchuck

Took me 32 seconds to cut, paste and format to Notepad.


30 posted on 05/13/2013 5:39:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Nachum

Maybe the AP can run some guns (and better yet ammo) to my caches.


31 posted on 05/13/2013 5:40:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nachum
LMBO!
Holder had to chuckle when he read that letter, fully understanding that it ended with a (wink wink).

AP led the charge to install the Ubama regime. AP did absolutley nothing to vet candidate Ubama and has done nothing in the past 10 years to find out anything about the African communist - - who he is, where he came from.

Meanwhile...

Associated Press Devotes 11 Reporters to "Fact Check" Sarah Palin Book

FU, Pruit and your "Associated Press".

32 posted on 05/13/2013 5:41:32 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Nachum
Holder will claim "National Security" issues as the reason, and deny Political and other reasons (such as forcing Reporting to toe the White-Hut talking points lines, etc.).

There is a Fascist Dictatorship in charge of this once-great country, and NO ONE is going to do ANYTHING about it....it's done.

33 posted on 05/13/2013 5:42:19 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: Nachum

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. advising 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 undertook 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, in 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 was 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


34 posted on 05/13/2013 5:43:18 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: upchuck
Ben Ghazi WAS a long time ago:


35 posted on 05/13/2013 5:43:33 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: goodnesswins
say, isnt this JACKWAGON HOLDER ALREADY under a Contempt of Congress citation?? What happened with THAT? What is the enforcement mechanism? Why don't they haul him up under sworn testimony again, and vote another Contempt Charge if he dodges......

36 posted on 05/13/2013 5:44:28 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (All statist/dictatorial/commie leaders worldwide should be hunted down, beaten, & hung by the masses)
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To: Nachum
Last Friday afternoon, AP General Counsel Laura Malone received a letter from the office of United States Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. advising 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.

Does anyone find it strange that a DOJ Attorney wrote the AP to tell them they were spied on? Why would DOJ do that? Was there a letter from the AP to DOJ requesting this information? Something smells about this story.

37 posted on 05/13/2013 5:45:39 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: Nachum

This sentence tells you how much they are in bed with each other.
“”This action was taken without advance notice to AP or to any of the affected journalists””


38 posted on 05/13/2013 5:46:33 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Are you always a jerk?


39 posted on 05/13/2013 5:47:53 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Nachum

LOL, the AP got the clown elected and re-elected and this is how he repays them!
There has been an avalanche of bad press for the Muslim in chief today, I wonder if Hillary is behind it?
*snicker*


40 posted on 05/13/2013 5:48:01 PM PDT by cardinal4
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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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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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