Breaking: DOJ secretly seized two months of Associated Press phone records?

posted at 4:51 pm on May 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

What the heck? From the Associated Press:

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.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt dispatched a letter to AG Holder on Monday, and the man is understandably not pleased about what looks like a very serious intrusion from the federal government:

“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.

Update: The Associated Press says that, in the letter they received from the DOJ on Friday notifying them of the DOJ’s actions, they were offered no explanation for the seizure, but sounds like the AP suspects it had to do with a DOJ investigation into who “leaked information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot” that 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.”

This is not a good day for the White House. The IRS has been specifically targeting conservative groups; HHS Secretary Sebelius has been extorting money from health industry executives; and now it looks like the DOJ has been seriously meddling into the freedom of the press? No doubt they’ll claim that it was all for the sake of national security and plugging leaks of classified information, or hey, perhaps that this was just a mix-up by some low-level Justice employees, or something… Or maybe they’re going for a, ‘Heck, let’s just overwhelm everybody and air the thugocracy scandals out all at once’-type strategy?

Update: Optics.

Update: Here’s the AP president’s letter to Holder in full.

Update: And the statement from the DOJ:

We take seriously our obligations to follow all applicable laws, federal regulations, and Department of Justice policies when issuing subpoenas for phone records of media organizations. Those regulations require us to make every reasonable effort to obtain information through alternative means before even considering a subpoena for the phone records of a member of the media. We must notify the media organization in advance unless doing so would pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation. Because we value the freedom of the press, we are always careful and deliberative in seeking to strike the right balance between the public interest in the free flow of information and the public interest in the fair and effective administration of our criminal laws.

Update: No comment from Carney:

Update (MKH): This is apparently the leak that launched a thousand phone log seizures:

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.


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“You must drain the swamp if you are going to govern for the people.”

Remember that, Nancy?

lynncgb on May 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

personal phone numbers of individual reporters,

!!!!!!

Incoming via Fox – the Justice Department is claiming they were investigating national security leaks.

That raises the obvious question – where’s the investigation into The New York Times?

Steve Eggleston on May 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I guess they don’t want to investigate if the leaks are coming from the White House.

talkingpoints on May 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Benghazi, IRS, the AP… drip, drip, drip.

Hayabusa on May 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM

4. Sebelius is shaking down healthcare providers demanding that they ‘donate to a non-profit’ set up to ‘fund implementation of Obamacare’ since ‘Congress has refused to do so.’

A few problems:

1. The issue in Iran-Contra was that the Reagan administration had ‘gone around’ Congress, which had passed the Boland Amendment and banned further funding of the Contras.

2. The government cannot shakedown companies and make them fund non-profits or anything.

3. Even if Sebelius or any other Federal agency did not retaliate against those that refused to ‘donate,’ the appearance of impropriety would be enough. It is a violation of ethics. Further, Sebelius has already been found to have violated the Hatch Act and sanctioned for it.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

This whole administration needs to be hauled away in cuffs. Reap what you sow, MSM.

crrr6 on May 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Yes, I admit it. Imagining the anguished tears of betrayal streaming down AP’s collective face fills me with warm and glowy schadenfreude. Their tears are sweet, like honeysuckle dew.

troyriser_gopftw on May 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Heh. Yummy tears of unfathomable sadness.

batter on May 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Does someone have a master list of all the scandals? I’m starting to lose track…

Gyro on May 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Incoming via Fox – the Justice Department is claiming they were investigating national security leaks.

That raises the obvious question – where’s the investigation into The New York Times?

Steve Eggleston on May 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Yeppers.

Barack Obama has prosecuted more people under the Espionage Act than all of his predecessors COMBINED.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Obama is now eating people on his own side…

William Eaton on May 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

No dogs available?

Seriously, in the end of his Presidency Nixon felt alone, abandoned, and isolated. I think a man like the rat-eared coward is already there. It is the crop you reap when you sow seeds of discontent that pits various groups against one another. Nobody trusts you.

As these scandals continue, there will be more and more instances of disloyalty. What we Hot Airians really need in the upcoming weeks is a tote board with the latest info on the four ongoing scandals.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

AND, most of them were ‘whistle-blowers’ who did not disclose anything that would compromise national security.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Remember, in one of his crappy books, the REB said that there is an explosive rage burning inside of him that he works hard every day to suppress.

Tick – tick – tick …

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

“I genuinely believe there are Republicans out there who would like to work with us but they’re fearful of their base and they’re concerned about what Rush Limbaugh might say about them. And as a consequence we get the kind of gridlock that makes people cynical about government.

Said by Obama a matter of hours after DoJ caught with AP phone records, a matter of days after the IRS exposed as a political weapon for the administration and the lie of having the State Dept and the WH involved in re-writing the CIA talking points about Benghazi.

Wow. This man has no shame.

F

BobMbx on May 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM

So, how much more evidence do we need that we’re living in an outright tyranny?

Midas on May 13, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Shush you. I can’t hear Honey Boo Boo on my ObamaPhone.

kim roy on May 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Nate Silver ‏@fivethirtyeight 6m

Pretty sure I once saw an episode of The Price is Right where you had to sort the scandals in order of their importance

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Does someone have a master list of all the scandals? I’m starting to lose track…

Well…I guess Obama wanted desperately to be first in something! The best president evah!!!!

SPGuy on May 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Holy crap! The wheels are coming off.

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Heh. Yummy tears of unfathomable sadness.

batter on May 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Obama did cry during the Cameron press conference today.

blammm on May 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

“You must drain the swamp if you are going to govern for the people.”

Remember that, Nancy?

lynncgb on May 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

“We must sieze the phone records of news agencies so we can find out what’s in them”.

VegasRick on May 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

“I genuinely believe there are Republicans out there who would like to work with us but they’re fearful of their base and they’re concerned about what Rush Limbaugh might say about them. And as a consequence we get the kind of gridlock that makes people cynical about government.“

F&F: It’s Bush’s fault!

Benghazi: It’s Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s fault!

IRS: It’s the Supreme Court’s fault!

HHS/Obamacare implementation: It’s the Republican governors fault for not capitulating!

DOJ/AP: It’s the press’ fault!

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Obama is now eating people on his own side…

William Eaton on May 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me to see him make a spectacular, shock-and-awe show of cleaning house in the tax-exempt section of IRS. My bet is the scandal came to light because of the upcoming IG report, but that Obamabots decided (since there was no way to squelch the report) to seize on it to distract from Benghazi. Obama could showcase his fast, decisive leadership my making heads roll at IRS.

Besides, as Rush said today, he has to protect the IRS image, as it is the socialists’ meal ticket.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Mooch better go on another vay-cay while she can.

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Nate Silver ‏@fivethirtyeight 6m

Pretty sure I once saw an episode of The Price is Right where you had to sort the scandals in order of their importance

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I didn’t know Silver once worked in Chicago.

Steve Eggleston on May 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

President Obama told donors like Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake (who was wearing hipster
glasses), and Tommy Hilfiger that Washington
gridlock is pretty much Rush Limbaugh’s fault on Monday evening at a fundraiser at Harvey Weinstein’s house in New York’s Greenwich Village.

wyntre9 on May 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I wonder how much it is costing us for this mini-vacay.

A fundraiser in NYC? When the hell is this bastard on station and ready of the duties of his job?

And I’m sure Rush can find folks to provide an alibi but his show tomorrow is going to be interesting.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

What’s a “bagger”?

Bishop

It’s what NP and other fake Harvard Law grads do to one another several times a week.

xblade on May 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

OT: Pickering… Hillary did a great job on the night attack

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

You notice the LSM is not mentioning where dear leader is tonight

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Obama did cry during the Cameron press conference today.

blammm on May 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

If there were tears, they were tears of self-pity. Or maybe tears of a crocodile.

Tears of a Clown

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 6:24 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me to see him make a spectacular, shock-and-awe show of cleaning house in the tax-exempt section of IRS.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Nixon had his Saturday Night Massacre too.

I gotta say, there is a perfect storm brewing here. Multiple scandals and Democrat Party who is increasingly becoming sick of this low-intelligence commie and the shaved Yeti who is constantly on the television hectoring Americans about what they eat.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Wow.. so many scandals. What ever will Obama do?

Maybe start a war or something?

JellyToast on May 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Breaking: DOJ secretly seized two months of Associated Press phone records?

I guess the useful idiots aren’t as useful as they thought.

Oldnuke on May 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

What’s a “bagger”?

Bishop

It’s what NP and other fake Harvard Law grads do to one another several times a week.

xblade on May 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

So they can’t see each other or the more dangerous kind where you might get suffocated? How ya gonna say the “safe word” with a bag over your head?

arnold ziffel on May 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Still waiting for one of these courageous leftools to use ‘bagger in my presence, let alone address me with it. Not holding my breath, either.

But I can always hope.

novaculus on May 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM

As you well know, Obama’s instinctive response to criticism is to double-down with his Alinsky, rather than try to fix anything. I expect events to rapidly escalate from here. As Jelly just suggested, maybe even a war.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM

So they can’t see each other or the more dangerous kind where you might get suffocated? How ya gonna say the “safe word” with a bag over your head?

arnold ziffel

You know which one, lol.

xblade on May 13, 2013 at 6:32 PM

You know, you just know, that this was not limited to the Associated Press. Who else was Eric Holder snooping on?

steebo77 on May 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

McCain, Graham and Rubio: “HEY, what about immigration??”

leftnomore on May 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Only a true narcissist could be this big of a failure and not volunteer his resignation.

stout77 on May 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Why are you freaking out…bush started this
-libs poster

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

All of this has me taking a little trip down memory lane …

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Lost in Jersey on May 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Darrell Issa just can’t catch a break these days, I guess.

KingGold on May 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

This is a great news day. Choom Gangsta Posse rounded up and exposed. The best part is that they kicked their own lapdogs. Barry had these leftists in his back pocket – what an epic FAIL. Why, this is downright Nixonian.

Assail these scumbags, and then assail them some more.

IMPEACH!

Philly on May 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Does someone have a master list of all the scandals? I’m starting to lose track…

Gyro on May 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

RWM needs to do a master list of scandals, their time lines, and cross-reference them across agencies and individuals!

INC on May 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Are the AP’s Records the only instance of DOJ criminal activity – As Dennis Kuccinich would say ” Are you kidding.”

ashiya on May 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

“What’s the big deal?” -nonpartisan, libreeordie, etc.

Akzed on May 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Yep, a perfect storm is brewing. Let’s just hope it takes out him before us.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

“I genuinely believe there are Republicans out there who would like to work with us but they’re fearful of their base and they’re concerned about what Rush Limbaugh might say about them. And as a consequence we get the kind of gridlock that makes people cynical about government.“

So the most powerful man in the world thinks he has been rendered impotent and powerless by a private citizen who says things on the radio?

Apparently the The Smartest President Ever, Fearless Bin Laden Slayer, does not realize how stupid and whiny this sounds.

Mommy, make him stop! He must be silenced, for the good of the people!

This is the kind of irrational paranoid fear that led Stalin, and other socialists like him, to imprison and execute tens of millions and terrorize hundreds of millions.

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

As you well know, Obama’s instinctive response to criticism is to double-down with his Alinsky, rather than try to fix anything. I expect events to rapidly escalate from here. As Jelly just suggested, maybe even a war.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Mr. Assad might be a bit more nervous tonight than he was a couple of days ago.

Midas on May 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

RWM needs to do a master list of scandals, their time lines, and cross-reference them across agencies and individuals!

INC on May 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Why? There’s no “there” there.

steebo77 on May 13, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Obama will have a glorious State funeral for Dr. Joyce Brothers to distract from all of these scandals.

I knew Joyce… I used to call her Joy, because, growing up, she gave me such joy… and asked her for some advice when I was runnin’ fer president, and Dr. Brothers told me: ‘Barack, just watch out for those trying to undermine you and fight back whenever right wing forces attempt a high tech lynching of the first black Commander In Chief.’. So I’m going to follow her admonition and not let the country be thrown off course by the petty partisan bickering, especially when there is no there there. So, hear hear to Dr. Joyce Brothers!”

profitsbeard on May 13, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Mourn for us all, oppressed in fear
Chained and shackled, we are bound
Freedom choked, in dread we live
Since tyrant was enthroned

(tyrant) capture of humanity
(tyrant) conqueror of all
(tyrant) hideous destructor
(tyrant) every man shall fall

rightside on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Does someone have a master list of all the scandals? I’m starting to lose track…

Gyro on May 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

That would be a book by this point.

So Emperor Zero has been collecting dirt on the AP, using their phone records.

Do you think the cheerleaders at NBC ABC and CBS are wondering if their phone records have been scooped or if Eric Holder is listening in for their messiah?

dogsoldier on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

So they can’t see each other or the more dangerous kind where you might get suffocated? How ya gonna say the “safe word” with a bag over your head?

arnold ziffel on May 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Palomino

VegasRick on May 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Is it too early to call for impeachment?

Othniel on May 13, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Is it too early to call for impeachment?

Othniel on May 13, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Yes. I’d wait until at least 9PM tonight.

VegasRick on May 13, 2013 at 6:57 PM

REAP the WHIRLWIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katfish on May 13, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Mooch better go on another vay-cay while she can.

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

“Ma’am, I have the President of the United States on the line.”

“Yo, Penny, is the offer for the estate in Hawaii still open?”

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

There, there Mr. President. There can’t be many more scandals in the closet, can there?

OK, so this finally might piss off the press. Maybe. There is so much not right about Odumbo and his nearest and dearest, you would think that pissing off the press would be something to avoid.
They are not the brightest. If there was any doubt, it has been removed.

Popcorn, please.

ORconservative on May 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Wonder who else they’ve shaken down?

Philly on May 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

That would be a book by this point.

So Emperor Zero has been collecting dirt on the AP, using their phone records.

Do you think the cheerleaders at NBC ABC and CBS are wondering if their phone records have been scooped or if Eric Holder is listening in for their messiah?

dogsoldier on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Culture of Corruption: Volumes 2-4 by Michelle Malkin, coming soon to a Kindle near you.

Steve Eggleston on May 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Apparently the The Smartest President Ever, Fearless Bin Laden Slayer, does not realize how stupid and whiny this sounds.

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Note that libs are never comfortable and competent about their beliefs and defending them.
Rush and Levin are quite capable of making a case about why they feel they are right.
I cannot ever remember any lib making rational points—-it is always appeals to emotion and about evil rich who would take away your rights. Oh really? Seems this admin and other commies did the same thing.

arnold ziffel on May 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

If I was in the middle of one (or more) of these scandals I’d make a bee line to a House repub and make a deal. Spill my guts for immunity.

davidk on May 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Obama has to be ready for another trip to Vegas…or Hawaii.

CW on May 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Hmmm the trolls have been at a minimum today.

I wonder why?/

CW on May 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

You notice the LSM is not mentioning where dear leader is tonight cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Akzed on May 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Culture of Corruption: Volumes 2-4 by Michelle Malkin, coming soon to a Kindle near you.

Steve Eggleston on May 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

I’d pre-order that!

dogsoldier on May 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Is the White House still off-limits to the public? Maybe the yelling going on there is why…

UnderstandingisPower on May 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

“It was some low level staffer,” -Jay Carney

Akzed on May 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

wait, but I thought, I thought the AP was a liberal rag…doesn’t this go against the conservative narrative?

nonpartisan on May 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

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listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 1h

Congressional source says DoJ looking at phone records for AP’s House of Reps phone line “is not sitting too well” with House brass.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

“It was some low level staffer,” -Jay Carney

Akzed on May 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

“An FBI Co-op summer student.”

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

OK, who has he pissed off in the past few days/weeks/months ?

Lybian Prez, spooks, conservatives applying for tax exempt status, hopefully the AP, and a Benghazi victim’s mom after being told she’s not immediate family and doesn’t deserve answers.
I know I’m leaving out some others …….

pambi on May 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

FNC must be concerned they have been wiretapped and their records collected also.

Look the country is run by dishonest thugs. Does anyone really believe this was limited to the AP, Zero’s rabid cheerleaders?

No, they tapped everybody. They illegally obtained Romney’s tax records. You want to bet they tapped his phones?

They had the IRS squeeze anyone who disagreed with the regime.

The dam has truly broken now.

dogsoldier on May 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I wonder if this will have any impact on the AP’s willingness to cover for Obama on the Bengazi and IRS scandals?

JackOfClubs on May 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

well, ya gotta look for tea party terrorists where ever you can find them. might be some “sympathizers” at the AP, never know. no, we know. there are none.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I know I’m leaving out some others …….
pambi on May 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Me…

Akzed on May 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

“It was home schoolers,” -Jay Carney

Akzed on May 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM

“It was some low level staffer,” -Jay Carney

Akzed on May 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM
“An FBI Co-op summer student.”

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

The IC signed off on all of this. the summer student simply made stylistic changes.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I won’t be satisfied until I see the Community Organizer being escorted out of the Oval Office in handcuffs and with a raincoat draped over his head.

Mason on May 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Look at it this way: we watched the AP and the tea party more closely than we watched al Qaeda in Libya.

rightmind on May 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM

wait, but I thought, I thought the AP was a liberal rag…doesn’t this go against the conservative narrative?

nonpartisan on May 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

It’s one of those ……”since you’re already down there” moments.

VegasRick on May 13, 2013 at 7:17 PM

I won’t watch MSNBC, so does anyone know how Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow taking this bit of news?

Philly on May 13, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Has anyone at the Justice Department heard of the Bill of Rights? It’s obvious they’ve never read it.

Snake307 on May 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I think Obama wants to be impeached. I really do. I also don’t think that he expected to be elected to a second term.

Key West Reader on May 13, 2013 at 5:21 PM

.
I didn’t expect him to win a second term, either. : (
.
BTW … salutations, Key West Reader.

listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

wait, but I thought, I thought the AP was a liberal rag…doesn’t this go against the conservative narrative?

nonpartisan on May 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Here’s the diff, Non.

If the IRS or DOJ had targeted you, we’d be pissed about it. We’d be pissed if the IRS or DOJ had gone after MSNBC for cryin’ out loud.

Not because we love you or MSNBC, but because we know the government does not have the authority to do those things.

Is that too extreme for you?

The difference is the liberals consider this kind of activity to be perfectly acceptable, but only when it happens to their enemies.

BTW, are those TEA party groups still paranoid, or is the IRS really after them?

BobMbx on May 13, 2013 at 7:19 PM

“We’ve always been at war with Associated Press,” -Jay Carney

Akzed on May 13, 2013 at 7:19 PM

-it is always appeals to emotion and about evil rich who would take away your rights. Seems this admin and other commies did the same thing.

arnold ziffel on May 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

The rhetoric is almost the same.

Socialists in power are always terrified of counter-revolutionary capitalist forces.

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

FNC must be concerned they have been wiretapped and their records collected also.

Look the country is run by dishonest thugs. Does anyone really believe this was limited to the AP, Zero’s rabid cheerleaders?

No, they tapped everybody. They illegally obtained Romney’s tax records. You want to bet they tapped his phones?

They had the IRS squeeze anyone who disagreed with the regime.

The dam has truly broken now.

dogsoldier on May 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I expect that the Google dream-team from the REB’s campaign was in on all this as well.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

From last Friday:

Holder to testify in Justice Department oversight hearing

The House next week will hear testimony from Attorney General Eric Holder during a Wednesday oversight hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee.

The hearing could address issues ranging from gun control to immigration to voter ID laws — and possibly the legal status and questioning of suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Now they have a new topic to discuss with Holder.

From another IRS scandal thread:

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 1h

Congressional source says DoJ looking at phone records for AP’s House of Reps phone line “is not sitting too well” with House brass.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Maybe now that the House brass has been touched by this, that will stiffen their spines about questioning Holder.

INC on May 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

The IC signed off on all of this. the summer student simply made stylistic changes.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Yeah, from “gun loving anti-government racists” to “TEA Party”

BobMbx on May 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

wait, but I thought, I thought the AP was a liberal rag…doesn’t this go against the conservative narrative?

nonpartisan on May 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

But, but, but Comrade Stalin, Comrade Trotsky is a communist, too.

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Has Fox News checked the security on all their communications..?

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Nearly 200 comments and nobody has suggested Holder and Company confused Associated Press with Allah Pundit? We’re slipping, people.

Steve Eggleston on May 13, 2013 at 5:23 PM

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Ok, you get a smiley face for that one. : )

listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Do you think the cheerleaders at NBC ABC and CBS are wondering if their phone records have been scooped or if Eric Holder is listening in for their messiah?

dogsoldier on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

They probably assume FOXnews’ phones are being tapped and that they are safe.

They don’t criticize Comrade O, so why would he be interested in what they are saying to each other. They are on the same side and they tell their relatives in the WH everything.

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Maybe now that the House brass has been touched by this, that will stiffen their spines about questioning Holder.

INC on May 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

How about they make him cry instead of Boehner water works?

arnold ziffel on May 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

to the gallows with the lot of them!

ConcealedKerry on May 13, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Has Fox News checked the security on all their communications..?

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if Ailes has a private security firm do frequent checks and bug sweeps.

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 7:29 PM

How about they make him cry instead of Boehner water works?

arnold ziffel on May 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I’d like to see him sweat.

INC on May 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I’d like to see him sweat.

INC on May 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I’m more of a jump up to run off before he pukes on camera guy.

arnold ziffel on May 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

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