Even whores can be raped … [Darleen Click]
… but when it is by their own pimp one wonders how long the outrage will last.
The U.S. Justice Department has seized without notice comprehensive phone records for reporters and editors at the Associated Press, prompting the news agency to protest Monday directly to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
“I am writing to object in the strongest possible terms to a massive and unprecedented intrusion by the Department of Justice into the newsgathering activities of The Associated Press,” wrote AP CEO Gary Pruitt, in a letter to Holder that was posted on AP’s website. [...]
The AP was told of the Justice Department’s seizure of phone records on May 10 in a letter to its lawyers from the office of U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen in Washington, D.C. According to Pruitt’s letter, the records involve more than 20 phone lines, including AP’s general phone number in New York City and numbers in bureaus in New York City; Washington, D.C. (including the House of Representatives); and Hartford, Conn. More than 100 journalists work in the offices, according to the AP.
“DOJ has interpreted its powers broadly enough to grab phone records of media organizations without giving notices,” says David Cross, lawyer at Crowell & Moring, who has specialized in electronic discovery law. “It certainly creates questions about the First Amendment. For 20 phone lines, that’s a whole lot of information DOJ is sitting on beyond the target of the investigation.”
The home-phone and cellphone records of several AP journalists were also seized, Pruitt wrote.
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