Obama administration criminalizing journalism

If you aren’t scared about what is going on in the U.S. by the U.S. government, you should be. Very. Extremely.

The Obama administration’s Justice Department has moved beyond investigating and prosecuting leaks at an unprecedented level to claiming in court documents that committing a standard, routine act of journalism is criminal behaviour. The DOJ described Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent James Rosen as possibly being an “aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the leaking of classified information in order to not only track his movements but to grab his private emails without his knowledge or consent. Because he asked a government official questions.

Looks like Rosen isn’t alone. They went after at least two other Fox reporters and editorial staffers. We know Fox is on Obama’s enemy list. This clear violation of basic Constitutional rights, this trampling of the press as the fourth estate which safeguards the very existence of democracy, should strike fear into the hearts of not just reporters, not just potential sources, but every single citizen in that country.

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4 responses to “Obama administration criminalizing journalism”

  1. Mac says :

    I’m getting the urge to read “1984” again….

  2. israeliminx says :

    Mac, exactly. I’d planned to put in a quote from 1984 but didn’t have time to search the right one out.

    Get this, the DOJ not only took the Fox News reporter’s phone records but they took his parent’s phone records too. And it looks like they hacked into CBS’s Sharyl Attikson’s computer as well — she is the reporter who broke Fast and Furious, has done reporting on the failed Green Energy fiasco, and, along with Jake Tapper, is one of the few non-Fox reporters doing hard stories on Benghazi.

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