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  •  There is a current and ongoing investigation (15+ / 0-)

    in Yemen... and the information from that Yemen plot was leaked... and AP claims the White House invaded their phones.

    But, that's not the truth. What happened was a standard subpoena of phone records to trace down the leaker of classified information of national security. Yes, sometimes it does indeed exist.

    The AP is Karl Rove's bestest bud.


    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.

    by bronte17 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 04:04:57 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for your comment. I've been watching (6+ / 0-)

      individuals come out ready to take swipes at the administration even before knowing if the story is true. But it's typical of the "Obama is bad" mentality.

      What's interesting is that some of the same people who criticize the Republicans for their penchant for seizing shiny news stories and turned them into anti-Obama crusades, are only too happy do the same thing.... This story is a great example.

    •  Why did we let that become "standard"? (5+ / 0-)

      Casting a driftnet over press operations to prevent government officials from talking off the record?

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Mon May 13, 2013 at 05:50:03 PM PDT

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      •  shrug... ask Rupert Murdoch (0+ / 0-)

        or any of the scumballs who destroyed the inherent integrity of the media.

        We walked down that path a long time ago when so many people let Murdoch and his organized political mafia go scott free.

        It should be apparent to anyone that Obama is serious as a heart attack about defense. That's why the conservatives have tried so hard to draw blood from him... they want the pitbulls to destroy him. Whether he deserves it or not.


        A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.

        by bronte17 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:19:29 PM PDT

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    •  You're totally missing the point. (5+ / 0-)
      What happened was a standard subpoena of phone records to trace down the leaker of classified information of national security. Yes, sometimes it does indeed exist.
      This is an outrageous crackdown on free media in the US.

      There's nothing standard about subpoenaing media to reveal their sources.

      •  In case you missed it... a US consulate (0+ / 0-)

        was destroyed and a US ambassador and other very good people were killed. There may be a Yemen connection.

        There is an active investigation (to stop a possible airline highjacking by Al Qaeda in Yemen) and that investigation has been in effect for over a year now and the AP may have just jettisoned all that work... just so they can whine.

        If you will remember, airline highjacking was the big thing a few decades ago. It seemed to have fallen out of favor, but appears it might be making its comeback.

        This administration subpoenaed some phone records to see WHO was leaking national security about that highjacking investigation. This wasn't about covering up a murder or malfeasance of government. It was about protecting an ongoing investigation and not ruining and losing all that work and tipping the bad guys off.

        Personally, I wouldn't put it past the AP to have tried to get info simply so they could twist it and link it to Benghazi so as to embarrass the Obama administration.


        A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.

        by bronte17 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:27:10 PM PDT

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