AP wiretapping is a serious overstep by government
The recent revelation that the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI subpoenaed the phone records of the Associated Press’ Washington, D.C., bureau is an affront to some of the most fundamental rights of Americans, and those who were responsible should be fully held accountable.
Free people are only as free as their press. When the government acts to interfere in the work of the free press — or, as in this case, acts to intimidate those who would speak to the free press — it not only affects those who work in the press, but the public, as well.
It doesn’t take a “magic bullet theory” to deduce the government was attempting to discover the identity of anonymous sources within the State Department who had been feeding information about the Benghazi consulate attack to the AP. The net effect was an attempt to silence whistleblowers.
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