By Mr. Curmudgeon:
“Keep your friends close,” said gangster Vito Corleone in the movie The Godfather, “but your enemies closer.” To the criminal, friends and enemies are one and the same, pawns that serve the nefarious objectives of the villain. Speaking of villains, the Obama Administration secretly obtained two months of phone records for twenty reporters and editors working for the Associated Press. The administration claims it subpoenaed the records in an effort to discover the name or names of those who leaked information concerning a CIA-foiled terrorist plot in Yemen.
In a Tuesday news conference, Attorney General Eric Holder (found in Contempt of Congress) attempted to distance himself from the AP phone-records controversy, saying he recused himself from the investigation and placed the “very, very serious” matter into the hands of Assistant Attorney General James Cole. According to Holder, the information obtained by the AP “put the American people at risk.”
So, let us dispense with yet another phony Obama Administration cover story:
According to the AP, On May 2 the federal government asked the news agency to delay publishing their story on a Yemen terrorist plot that was a CIA sting operation designed to flush out an Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist cell. AP held the story several days until the “national security concerns” were “allayed”; CIA director designate, John Brennan, stated in his Senate confirmation hearings that “there was never a threat to the American public … because we had inside control of the plot and the device was never a threat to the American public.”
So, you ask, “If there was ‘never a threat to the American public,’ why is the Obama Administration hunting for the identities of Associated Press news sources?” The answer was provided by the Associated Press itself.
The Justice Department subpoena allowed the seizure of phone records that included the main number for AP reporters covering Congress. The Obama Administration is on a fishing expedition to discover which members of Congress are feeding information to the press injurious to its image.
Revelations concerning the administration’s lies regarding the attack on America’s diplomatic mission in Benghazi, which ended in the deaths of four U.S. councilor officials, has led to talk of impeachment among some members of Congress.
The Justice Department subpoena has the appearance of being a White House effort to muzzle its Congressional opposition under the guise of protecting national security. The subpoena, viewed in conjunction with IRS efforts to impede the progress of Tea Party and conservative organizations, shows a White House intent on settling political scores while simultaneously quashing threats to its power.
In the closing days of the 2012 campaign, White House advisor Valerie Jarrett told Obama campaign workers, “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time.”
In a letter to Attorney General Holder, AP president and CEO Gary Pruitt wrote, “The scope of the subpoena was overbroad under the law, given that it involved seizing records from a broad range of telephones across AP’s newsgathering operation. More than 100 journalists work in the locations served by those telephones. How can we consider this inquiry to be narrowly drawn?”
The mainstream media, of which the Associated Press is a vital part, thought it was among the chosen number Valerie Jarrett said “helped” Obama. After all, they showered the president with favorable coverage during his first term and throughout the 2012 campaign. They have been vociferous in their support of the administration’s effort to erode our Second Amendment right to bear arms.
AP CEO Gary Pruitt condemns Obama’s Justice Department for rifling through its phone records “as a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.”
What did you expect, Gary? If the present administration does not respect the individual’s constitutional right to bear arms, soils the nation’s electoral process through the use of IRS goons, what makes you think it will respect your constitutional right to “gather and report the news”?
If you lie down with dogs, Gary, you get up with fleas.