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  •  It Is Attacking Your Right to Know (0+ / 0-)

    The problem here (you're right, "wiretapping" is the wrong word) is that it attacks our right as citizens to know when the government is doing things that are wrong. The government uses my money and my legitimacy (such as it is). It regularly goes out and kills people. It throws people in jail, and sometimes it tortures them. I have a right to know what it's doing.

    It needs to cooperate with the media. The media withholds information when it is likely to cause harm to national security, so the DOJ should accept that sometimes people in government will take things to the media. It shouldn't be illegal to do so in the first place.

    As I point out here, this is part of a wider pattern of our government just trying to soak up all information everywhere. But apparently people will only get up in arms about it after it's too late to do anything about it.

    And, BTW, why is the DOJ doing this when they could be using those resources to go after much more important cases? For example, I haven't seen a single banker go to jail over the LIBOR scandal or anything connected with the housing crisis. They haven't put a single Bush war criminal on trial. They've done nothing I've seen to deal with voter suppression from the last few elections, even though it's widely reported. And I hear that a bunch of organizations fraudulently obtained tax-exempt status even though their main purpose was political.

    Just in terms of priority, AP reporters would be well down on my list.

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