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View Diary: Reports On the DoJ’s Seizure of AP Journalists’ Phone Records and the Shield Law (Part I of III) (38 comments)

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  •  Leaving aside right or wrong, (5+ / 0-)

    I'm most troubled by the scope of the subpoena. It was far too broad. IMO. Too many reporter's call logs were scooped up simply because of their proximity and, though it hasn't been mentioned, I'll be surprised if they didn't obtain email records too. If I was one of their contacts, even on an unrelated story, I'd be concerned.

    And a shield law is going to be worthless unless the national security exception is clearly defined and narrow in scope. My guess is that it will be neither. It's a gray area ripe for abuse by an overzealous prosecutor in search of prey.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Sat May 18, 2013 at 03:19:46 AM PDT

    •  We've passed that point (5+ / 0-)

      haven't we? I just assume everything we do is recorded and stored somewhere. The only saving grace is that the sheer mass of it slows whatever bad actors might want to do.

      It can always be blamed on some lower echelon upstart and they can be disappeared or ruined with a flip of the switch.

      What gets me is that all of these scandals are about things Republicans are completely down with, the surveillance state, political pressure through closer examination via the IRS inter alia, and the ever increasing instigation and manipulation in other countries. They love this stuff. They act all offended, and I mean act. They can't wait to get them some of that.

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