Chris Hayes: There must be DOJ search warrants aimed at journalists who reported pro-Obama leaks too, right?
posted at 4:41 pm on May 30, 2013 by Allahpundit
You think? You think the reason there’s been conspicuously little news about the DOJ investigating the NYT for revealing Obama’s glorious Stuxnet success (which might not have been so glorious in hindsight) or for reminding voters a few months before the election that he’s liquidated an awful lot of jihadis is because … those warrants simply haven’t been disclosed yet? Here’s a choice excerpt from the Times’s big “kill list” expose last May:
Nothing else in Mr. Obama’s first term has baffled liberal supporters and confounded conservative critics alike as his aggressive counterterrorism record. His actions have often remained inscrutable, obscured by awkward secrecy rules, polarized political commentary and the president’s own deep reserve.
In interviews with The New York Times, three dozen of his current and former advisers described Mr. Obama’s evolution since taking on the role, without precedent in presidential history, of personally overseeing the shadow war with Al Qaeda.
That’s more than 30 different national-security officials implicated in the possible disclosure of classified information related to Obama’s personal management of blasting terrorists into a thin mist. And yet, unless I missed something, not a single warrant or subpoena related to any of them has come to light in the year since that story ran. Odd, no? Occam’s razor: If there were warrants related to some supposed “kill list” leak investigation out there, wouldn’t O have sought to release one or more of them over the past few weeks to prove his evenhandedness in sniffing out unauthorized intelligence disclosures? It’d be powerful proof that not even the president’s inner circle is above the law to see a document signed by Eric Holder demanding personal communications from John Brennan or Tom Donilon on suspicion of blabbing to the media about something that helped Obama a lot politically. Surely Brennan was investigated and then cleared of wrongdoing before he was promoted to CIA chief. And yet … no warrants have materialized. Anyone else have a crazy theory as to why there are no documents in the news related to investigating leaks that helped Obama?
We’ve reached an interesting juncture in this scandal process if the big defense of Obama and Holder on the left’s news network of choice is that they’re probably/hopefully being just as aggressive in spying on friendly media too.