Breaking: Justice Department Admits to Spying on Over 100 Individual Associated Press Journalists Over Two Month Period

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DOJ’s phone surveillance was a, “massive and unprecedented intrusion.”

In what could become one of the biggest scandals of the Obama Administration, the Justice Department has admitted to unconstitutional wide ranging spying on the phone records of over 100 individual Associated Press reporters and editors.

A letter from the Justice Department received by the AP on Friday acknowledged the spying had gone on but provided no explanation as to why they had conducted the massive surveillance operation.

The Associated Press reported:

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.

AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt sent a letter of protest to the Obama Justice Department, noting that the wide ranging surveillance was well beyond anything that would be legal in a specific investigation.

“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.”

With over 100 journalists targeted, all covering a wide variety of topics, it is clear that the Department of Justice could not have been conducting the phone surveillance over one specific story, rather it seems they were targeted for a variety of reasons, many that will may never know.

With that being said, the AP report did note that a U.S. official had stated in previous public testimony that the US attorney in Washington was conducting a criminal investigation into who leaked information that appeared in a May 7, 2012 Associated Press report on a CIA terror plot.

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 Qaeda plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.

In testimony in February, CIA Director John Brennan noted that the FBI had questioned him about whether he was AP’s source, which he denied. He called the release of the information to the media about the terror plot an “unauthorized and dangerous disclosure of classified information.”

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In the days ahead we will surely see leaders in the Justice Department, especially Attorney General Eric Holder, deny knowledge of the seizure of over 100 journalists phone records but the fact of the matter is that their own rules require the Attorney General to approve the subpoenas of news organizations.

Simply put, this IS an Eric Holder, Obama Administration operation.

This startling and extremely important news comes at a time when the Obama Admin is already dealing with a massive scandal in which the IRS specifically targeted Obama’s political enemies during the 2012 election. Not only that, they also targeted groups who simply supported the Constitution or freedom in America.

Predictably, Obama has claimed that he had no idea that the IRS was doing this, which would essentially mean that the IRS was targeting HIS enemies and in turn helping him get reelected all by themselves. (in other words, IMPOSSIBLE)

When you couple the IRS scandal with the news that the Justice Department was also illegally spying on journalists, a clear picture emerges.

The federal government is and will continue to target their political and ideological enemies in any way they see fit. Free from the hassle of having to abide by the Constitution, these thugs will continue their wave of tyranny until the American people DEMAND it stops.

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  • Andy

    He will blame low level employees for doing it.He is after the Constitution,he tried it with the Second Amendment,now he goes after the First Amendment too.Congress needs to have the military remove this Communist from the Presidetial office,he is going way beyond his authority.He is not upholding his oath to the Constitution,he goes against the Constitution.But of course we would have dummy “shotgun” Biden as president.This country is in sad shape as long as assbama is president!Now I will be called a racist because I said something against opoopa.Keep your powder dry.

    • Anonymous

      “racist?” – why how can that be true?

      he’s not even black.
      he’s an oreo. black on the outside, white on the inside. research his “bloodlines.” relative to the Bush bloodlines. all “presidents” we know are in the lineage of the genocidal bloodlines. no “president” is ever elected but chosen. there is nothing black about Fraudbama. if he truly was, he would not
      be in the “office.”
      “They” don’t let the real
      ones in. Only decoys to
      appeal and brainwash.

  • Anonymous

    Lord have mercy how many scandals does it take to IMPEACH A CROOK… ONE,TWO,THREE,FOUR….ETC. I’m hoping to God this administration is done and all their cronies with them 2014 mid terms! God Bless America!

  • SadCanadian

    Wow…. I am disturbed and saddened how the once great United States our friend and ally is becoming a totally government over controlling communist state.

    But the worst part is the public is so distracted with their daily lives they don’t realize they are being violated without lubrication…

    How the mighty have fallen, and how few people seem to even care.

    I am saddened that it is already too late and too many people are apathetic to even care.

    Best of luck and your neighbors to the North hope you come through this stronger.

  • james baxter

    you guys are fuckin naive.the constitution is a sham anyway.it is nothing but a slave document,that was written by elitist rich white landowners who wanted independence from britan.independence so they could set up shop here with them as the new elites.amerikkk was founded on the genocide of the native tribes,and slavery and murder of million african ppl’s.does any of this surprise you?seriously.did you expectanything more from this elite group of scumbags?all they care about is more money more power and keeping themselves in office.one side panders to the poor the other to the rich.other than that they are all the same.immediately after independence was won from britan these ppl started acting outside the constitution,with the whiskey rebellion.have any of you ever even heard of that affair?probably not.look it up.history is chalk full of this sort of behavior,wake the fuck up to reality before its too late.stop living in a utopian fantasy and reminiscing on better days which never existed for the mass majority of americans. freedom ,unity,SOLID(A)RITY!

    • RickE.

      @James, it IS already too late, what we need now is revolution at the street level.
      @SadCanandian, Thanks for the concern and kind words. However your government is certainly no better with the curtailing of freedom.
      The good aspect of your government is it seems to be isolationist, which is much better than our imperialistic meddling in the world’s affairs.
      Good luck to you too my friend!

  • james baxter

    obama is just the latest in the line of tyranny and opression.once he is gone he will be replaced by someone just as bad or worse.nothing changes.the political process is controlled by elitist puppeters weilding power from behind the scenes,under the cloak of secrecy.its the modern day evil empire,ie iron curtain.

    • OldGuy

      james you have been commenting alot today…good for you. So I have one simple question related to your last 2 posts here. What do you suggest since you hate the Constitution and feel government is a complete failure (not that I disagree mind you).

      The constitution and bill of rights are the best we have at the moment and the only thing holding back the “elitist puppeters”. So what would you do if YOU were boss for a day. I am just curious.