Or Something like that… Says Ear Leader to our slime bucket of an Attorney General…
Obama orders DOJ review over search warrant AG likely approved
The review ordered by President Obama into the Justice Department’s policies on pursuing reporters’ records could have Attorney General Eric Holder effectively reviewing his own actions.
Under Justice Department guidelines, the attorney general would most likely have had to sign off on the controversial search warrant that allowed federal authorities to seize the private emails of a Fox News reporter.
What could possibly go wrong?! What was that gramps used to say about Fox – Hen house….something….Hey where”s all the CHICKENS!??! Damn it!
This, and another case involving the Associated Press, prompted Obama on Thursday to announce that Holder had agreed to conduct a review of DOJ policies on investigations that involve reporters.
“I’ve raised these issues with the attorney general, who shares my concern,” Obama said, adding that Holder would report back by July 12.
But part of the review could involve checking up on his own decisions. Department guidelines say: “The Attorney General’s authorization is normally required before the issuance of any subpoena to a member of the news media or for the telephone toll records of a member of the news media.”
Eric sez : ” I’ve conducted a review of myself – and I’ve reached the conclusion that – I’m fucking awesome!! Kneel you dirty peasant! Kneel and kiss the royal hand of Justice!
In this case, Holder had no apparent reason to recuse himself and likely would have been the one to sign off on a search warrant that allowed authorities to seize the personal emails of reporter James Rosen.
Attorney Jesselyn Radack, who works with the Government Accountability Project and has represented accused leakers, told FoxNews.com she’s not convinced by the administration’s latest effort. “I don’t think there needs to be a review of the internal guidelines. … There needs to be a review of why they weren’t followed,” she said, adding Holder appears to have a “conflict of interest” in the review.
It’s unclear what specific language Holder agreed to.
In the original 2010 affidavit seeking the warrant, Rosen was accused of being a criminal “co-conspirator” as part of a leak case. The Justice Department cited the World War I-era Espionage Act in making the claim, using it to justify the seizure of his personal files.
Though Rosen was never charged, media and civil liberties groups decried the move as “chilling.”
Never charged. Geee…could it be Because you violated the law Eric? ….Maybe it’s because that anything you possibly could have tried to charge Rosen with – would have been tossed out of court so fast it would have broken the sound barrier going out the doors…. Damned hard to throw a rock when you’re sitting in a glass house now ain’t it Eric ol Chap?
Obama voiced concern about the cases for the first time Thursday, during a wide-ranging speech on counterterrorism policy. He said he was “troubled” by the developments and that journalists should not be “at legal risk” for doing their jobs.
“As Commander-in Chief, I believe we must keep information secret that protects our operations and our people in the field.
“But a free press is also essential for our
CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC….. for the millionth damn time – we do NOT live in a fucking democracy – you of the “Constitutional scholar” Mr. 57 states fame….
That’s who we are, and I’m troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable.
And they have already assigned the mechanics to the IRS hearings. Who, oh who is the American Pinochet?
It’s going to be damned hard to find enough space on just one or two gallows to hang every stinking, rotten to core, lawyer in the place. And we in the Empire do so abhor long waits. But just think of the boost to the economy, labor, materials, gallows-masters, etc. Sheeesh….maybe the Empire could say, find a position in hemp… Read more »
Well if hanging takes too long there is always shooting parties.
LC Jackboot IC/A @ #:
Well there’s lots of lamp posts around…
“In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.” -Eric Holder, testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee A law enforcement official. who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said Holder’s approval of the Rosen search, in the spring of… Read more »
Did anyone else envision Holder dancing in parachute pants?
Nice rant Snarl
I wish Barry’s slut mother had loved abortion as much as Barry does.
LC Ohio Right Wing Nut @ #:
Give that man a prize! That’s exactly <what I was referring to when I wrote that…. ROFL
I am so sick of these losers in Washington I could puke.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.:
I’ve long been available, but who the hell, other than a handful of relatives, would follow me–even under the spell of my pipes?
LC Ohio Right Wing Nut says:
…in midair, at the end of a rope?
(In before “Dat’s Ray-sissed!”)