Keeping the folks in Oklahoma in my thoughts and prayers as they continue to deal with the aftereffects of a MASSIVE tornado, and grieve the loss of life, and home. My heart goes out to the parents who lost children when the tornado hit their school. I cannot imagine their anguish. The loss across the board, human, animal, home, business, and more, is just staggering. And yet, these strong people have already begun the hard work necessary to get their community back. Please know that we are with you, we support you, and we will do what we can to help you.
So this is how this Administration is going to take care of those pesky investigative reporters who are actually doing their job – investigating, and reporting. How DARE they. Cannot allow them to do their job, ESPECIALLY if it looks bad for the White House. Ahem.
Yeah, so the DOJ has been investigating Fox News reporter, James Rosen. Believe it or not, but this story was actually carried by the Washington Post. I know, I was surprised, too, but since the whole revelation about the DOJ essentially spying on AP reporters, they seem to have gotten a spur in their saddle and are actually doing their jobs.
Anywho, WaPo had this very interesting, and telling, article recently, A Rare Peek Into A Justice Department Leak Probe. As noted, the reporter they were investigating was James Rosen. Here is what happened to promptthis investigation:
When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material.
They used security badge access records to track the reporter’s comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. They obtained a search warrant for the reporter’s personal e-mails.
The case of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, the government adviser, and James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, bears striking similarities to a sweeping leaks investigation disclosed last week in which federal investigators obtained records over two months of more than 20 telephone lines assigned to the Associated Press.
At a time when President Obama’s administration is under renewed scrutiny for an unprecedented number of leak investigations, the Kim case provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one such probe.
Well, that isn’t the least bit disconcerting, is it? Yeah. Right.
There is more, and it gets worse:
Court documents in the Kim case reveal how deeply investigators explored the private communications of a working journalist — and raise the question of how often journalists have been investigated as closely as Rosen was in 2010. The case also raises new concerns among critics of government secrecy about the possible stifling effect of these investigations on a critical element of press freedom: the exchange of information between reporters and their sources.
“Search warrants like these have a severe chilling effect on the free flow of important information to the public,” said First Amendment lawyer Charles Tobin, who has represented the Associated Press, but not in the current case. “That’s a very dangerous road to go down.”
Obama last week defended the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation involving the AP, which is focused on who leaked information to the news organization about a foiled plot involving the al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. AP executives and First Amendment watchdogs have criticized the Justice Department in part for the broad scope of the phone records it secretly subpoenaed from AP offices in Washington, Hartford, Conn., and New York.
“The latest events show an expansion of this law enforcement technique,” said attorney Abbe Lowell, who is defending Kim on federal charges filed in 2010 that he disclosed national defense information. A trial is possible as soon as 2014. “Individual reporters or small time periods have turned into 20 [telephone] lines and months of records with no obvious attempt to be targeted or narrow.”[…] (Click here to read the rest.)
There is much more to this story, and I encourage you to read the rest, but as suspected, Rosen was not the ONLY one at Fox to feel the breath of the DOJ down their necks.
As it turns out, so was William LaJeunesse, as well as one of the Fox producers, Mike Levine. From The PJ Tatler:
[…] James Rosen was not the only Fox reporter tracked by the Obama/Holder Department of Justice. Fox reporter William LaJeunesse and producer Mike Levine were reportedly also subjected to serious invasions of their privacy.
In order to obtain the information that the DOJ sought, it had to accuse the media workers of engaging in criminal conspiracy. In the affidavit accusing Rosen, the FBI accuses him of using “flattery” and persuasion to obtain information from his source, and of using pseudonyms and a special communications method to meet and to pass on information.
Every reporter who has ever written an exclusive based on unnamed sources has done what Rosen is accused of doing. It is not criminal activity, it is reporting. In Rosen’s case, he was working on obtaining classified information. Again, though, many reporters who have worked on national security issues have tried to obtain classified information from sources. The government routinely classifies information that has no business being classified. The First Amendment protects reporters’ freedom to try to obtain whatever information they can in pursuit of stories. Accusing them of criminal activity is extremely rare.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)
I doubt these were the only ones at Fox News to be so chosen, and time will tell about that. But this Administration seems hellbent on infringing upon our Constitutional rights. This isn’t the first time, of course, only the first time the MSM really started paying attention.
Huh – maybe now that they are waking from their stupor, they will investigate another scandal that happened under Obama’s watch – “Fast and Furious.” And since, as the above Tattler article included, the IG of the DOJ has revealed that the DOJ LEAKED DOCUMENTS in an effort to make the whistleblower look bad, they’ll take a real hard look at just what has been going on right under their noses. Maybe they can ask Sharyl Attkisson about her experience with the White House trying to force her to shut the hell up about that scandal.
And maybe – JUST MAYBE – they’ll start doing their damn jobs.