Obama administration taps AP phone lines

May 14, 2013

By Katy Grimes

Obama convention speech, Sept. 6, 2012

The Associated Press found itself in an interesting juxtaposition yesterday when it had to report that the Obama Justice Department secretly obtained two months of AP’s own employees’ phone records.

In what can only be called strange, the Obama Justice Department has been secretly tapping the phone lines for 100 reporters and editors of the Associated Press, according to news reports just released yesterday.

This is a direct attack on the freedom of the press. Ironically however, this is the same press which has been in-the-bag for candidate, and now President Obama.

Also ironically, while the Patriot Act was being rammed through Congress, the press sat on their hands and did nothing. Now they are being spied on, ostensibly under the guise of the Patriot Act and national security.

According to the Associated Press, general phone lines for AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, were all tapped, according to attorneys for the AP.

The Justice Department, run by Attorney General Eric Holder, 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.

“Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation,” the AP reported. “He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.”

“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.

This is going to get interesting. The IRS has been targeting conservatives and pro-Israel groups, and no one has been fired. Now the same administration is attacking freedom of the press and spying on the AP. What Constitutional right will be violated next? And what are people willing to do about it?

On the Jewish blog, Boker tov, a reader left a thought-provoking comment: “The sheer stupidity of the Obama mob is beyond belief. This really is the gang that cannot shoot straight. Why in the world would they pull this caper on — of all the news agencies on the planet — the one news agency that has done probably more than any other to make Obama look like a Great American President? Whatever happened to such sage admonitions as “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” and ‘Don’t kill the goose that lays golden eggs’? Will this be the straw that breaks the camel’s back? I wouldn’t bet on it; so far, the camel’s back has been as strong as Atlas’s. But if this is the straw that cripples the camel, Obama will have only his own and his henchmen’s stupidity to blame.”


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  1. larry 62
    larry 62 14 May, 2013, 07:52

    Obama and Holder need to go!

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 14 May, 2013, 08:41

    “Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation,” the AP reported. “He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.”

    Last year during the Presidential campaign a local radio show (Larry Elder) played a tape of one Gary Pruitt giving the introduction to Obama’s appearance at some AP hosted function and it sounded like he was introducing a divine being. It was so sycophantic that I was embarrassed for the poor besotted slob.

    Now he’s all full of righteous indignation for having his Libtard, journoliar employees spied on by The Chosen One. Don’t believe it for a second. He’s just play acting to keep his job. Rest assured that the Gary Pruitt’s of this world will cut Obama as much slack as he needs to finish this country off for good.

    Oh the irony! 🙂

    If the Obamanation treats it’s friends like this, imagine what they are capable of doing to their enemies.

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  3. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 14 May, 2013, 10:48

    Well said, as usual, Dys.

    AP: “But you said you’d pull out in time, Barry!”

    lol lol lol……

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  4. Donkey
    Donkey 14 May, 2013, 12:21

    I like it Dyspeptic, we should not expect anything less from this pinko commie. This ties right in with his IRS actions against conservative organizations. 🙂

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  5. doug
    doug 14 May, 2013, 12:43

    got the workings of a tyranny.

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  6. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 14 May, 2013, 13:29

    Big Daddy reigns!

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  7. Bob
    Bob 14 May, 2013, 18:35

    Aw come on, Katy.

    Don’t ya know that illegal tapping is perfectly OK as long as it’s a DEMOCRAT doing it?

    You can bet that if Bu$h had done this the libtards that infest this blog would be screaming like little babies.

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  8. Hondo
    Hondo 14 May, 2013, 20:22

    This invasion of the AP was not to silence the press, it was to silence the whistle blowers in the govt. All these scandals that have broken at once are the ‘deep throats’ in the govt who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. The AP spying was a shot over the bow of the ‘deep throats’ who are turning on our Kenyan President ( his own biography touts his Kenyan background). The govt employees now know that the govt in tracking ALL calls to and from ALL the journalists. They had better hope that their phone numbers aren’t on that list.
    By the way, while we were looking the other way, the dept of education just took a gigantic broadside at our collages’ free speech. These new rules say that any boy who whistles at a girl is now out of school. The schools better adhere to these new rules of they lose their federal funds.
    That is why Obama came out with the IRS scandal. He wanted us looking the other way.

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  9. us citizen
    us citizen 15 May, 2013, 10:43

    Oh gees……..just get this over with. Round them all up and get rid of them. This govt is driving me nuts. Every single freakin day, there is a new mishap. A lie for this, a cover up for that, people being kept from talking, people being killed……..enough is enough.

    No one is getting away with anything. Most have caught on along time ago, (except for the die hard libs who are dumber than doorknobs)……dont even bother with impeachment…….just go straight for the cajones…….resign and get out like a man…….and take your corrupt BFF’s with you.

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  10. bob holder
    bob holder 17 May, 2013, 08:46

    The Patriot Act made this all LEGAL. but we are told by the nra to cry about bear arms. thanks bush cheney for using 911 to pass an act that stomps 1st and 4th amendment rights.

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  11. Joe Shmoe
    Joe Shmoe 14 June, 2013, 10:39

    “Freedom of the Press”? Ha, I laugh at such a concept. The media has been bought by the same almighty corporations that have also purchased this republic we call the United States.

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  12. mattie
    mattie 6 March, 2017, 03:03

    Looks like Obama had taps on Trump Tower now, too. Funny how the media forgot about the tap on the Associated Press.

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