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  •  Serious question: (4+ / 0-)

    If TPM is correct and this was a phone company subpeona so they could find who leaked TO AP, does that make a difference?

    The journalists might be protected, sure, and can protect their sources, but the sources themselves are not protected.

    In that case, is it possible that this is perfectly PROPER under the ridiculous notion of normal PROPER outlined in the Patriot Act and other such atrocities?

    So I doubt it's a scandal - and hope it's a wake-up call.

    •  I'll answer this in two ways: (8+ / 0-)

      1) A subpoena, unlike a warrant, doesn't need a judge to sign off, merely the AG or attending official. Meaning: a subpoena doesn't make this right, nor make it NOT a scandal.

      2) Per the DoJ's own rules, such a broad seizure of journalists' phone records shouldn't even be allowed, subpoena or not.

      "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

      by David Harris Gershon on Mon May 13, 2013 at 06:46:03 PM PDT

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