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  •  if the warrant for example (0+ / 0-)

    uncovers evidence that Rosen was passing along this information to, say, China, I suspect there would be an arrest. Would you find it unconstitutional? Would you find it inconceivable that someone working for a high minded organization like Fox might commit another illegal act?

    self-appointed intellectual cop

    by citizen k on Thu May 30, 2013 at 12:58:28 PM PDT

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    •  There was no basis... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...to charge Rosen as a co-conspirator in the first place.  DoJ could not establish probable cause necessary for a judge to approve the warrant without indicting Rosen as a co-conspirator.  They weren't after Rosen, they were after the leaker, his source.  The only way they could search his personal email was to charge him and PRAY that a judge didn't laugh them out of his or her chambers.  The reason Rosen was charged was to obtain the warrant which would have been most certainly denied absent the charge.

      Are you saying that Fox news reporters are automatically suspect of spying for foreign governments by virtue of their employer?  Fox hates Democrats in general and Obama in particular.  No argument from me there.  Fox would stoop to just about any low to embarrass the president or any Democrat.  Again, no argument.

      What would Democrats do to discredit Fox?  Make anyone working there automatically suspect of treason?

      Do you see what you've become by even asking the question?

      •  dear lord (0+ / 0-)

        "DoJ could not establish probable cause necessary for a judge to approve the warrant without indicting Rosen as a co-conspirator."

        DOJ did not indict Rosen. The Judge agreed they had probable cause for the search warrant.

        self-appointed intellectual cop

        by citizen k on Thu May 30, 2013 at 01:35:31 PM PDT

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        •  If they went to that judge... (0+ / 0-)

          ...and simply requested a warrant for Rosen's emails without naming him a co-conspirator, the judge would have denied the warrant.  

          Do you believe that anyone at the DoJ actually thought at the time that Rosen was engaged in espionage?  Or is it more likely that they wanted to get to his source?  And the surest way to get a judge to approve a warrant granting them access to his Rosen's personal emails was to name him as a co-conspirator in their investigation?

          End run around the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

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