Justin Smith writes about the Scandals that have discredited and probably point to felony crimes perpetrated by Attorney General Eric Holder. Justin somewhat takes the approach of they get what they deserve toward a Free Press investigation of the Associated Press (AP). As a Conservative I feel like joining Justin and say “Waaaa” because the Liberal AP’s hero – the Obama Administration – turned on them. On the other hand if the AP begins to push back against Holder and his boss Obama I have no doubt other Left Media Outlets would follow the AP’s lead. And since Holder also signed warrants to investigate Fox News and their correspondent James Rosen (and Rosen’s parents) Obama might be in some actual trouble with other scandals that have popped up. And who knows – with scrutiny now placing Obama and minions under a microscope perhaps more nefarious scandals will come to light.
By Justin O. Smith
June 3, 2013 at 11:10pm
For the past two decades, the bulk of the liberal press, such as the Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post, have removed any pretense of being anything else other than a partner of the Progressive Democrats and their communist, anti-American agenda. They have failed to censure Attorney General Eric Holder... the most corrupt person in the most corrupt administration in American history... when he misused his power regarding the 1965 Voter Act and the Black Panthers, during the Fast and Furious ATF/Mexican gun-running scandal, in immigration matters and in numerous terrorism cases. They have lost any semblance of fairness and journalistic integrity, as they have failed on numerous occasions to fulfill their essential role to serve the Truth and the American people. So, it is hard for me to give a sincere damn over the AP's plight, now that they have been targeted by an unrestrained Holder Justice Department and cried "Foul!"
The AP's trouble began after they printed a story on May 7, 2012 about a foiled Al Qaeda terrorist plot in Yemen to bomb an airliner. The AP held the story for five days before finally receiving CIA clearance to run it; then the AP was asked to hold it one more day, because the White House wanted to release it first. The AP declined, since national security was not the issue.
Although innocent in the 2012 case, the AP has long attacked America's national character and our American Heritage, and much too often they have given aid and comfort to America's enemies. In 2005 the AP followed The New York Times lead and pushed a story that disrupted a program monitoring cell phones that Al Qaeda had bought in Switzerland, and six months later, they both exposed a program that tracked funding for terror attacks!
Holder said that the leak connected to the 2012 AP case "put the American people at risk", but the facts point towards politics and this administration's need to make the facts fit their narrative, especially since the records sweep went far beyond any one news article. Laura Malone, general counsel for the AP, released a letter from Ronald Machen, U.S. attorney, that detailed the seizure of "all such records for, among other phone lines, an AP general phone number in New York City as well as AP bureaus in NYC, Washington-DC, Hartford-CT and the House of Representatives; more than 100 journalists work in these offices (AP), and many of these bureaus and reporters had no connection to the leaked story.
Under normal circumstances, the Department of Justice is required to give advance notification to news organizations, in order that they may have time to have any forthcoming subpoena halted by a judge. However, regulations also allow for exceptions, in which case journalists must be notified within 90 days.
In June 1971, The New York Times started publishing a series of damaging internal documents, "The Pentagon Papers", provided by Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg and also partially published by The Washington Post. Solicitor General Erwin Griswold argued before the Supreme Court that the publication of the papers would effect the nation's security adversely. And, while Justice Hugo Black held that the government could not stop such publications of illegally gained documents, the government could still constitutionally try, convict and punish editors for violating the Espionage Act if they did publish classified material; no one has a constitutionally protected right to publish the U.S. governments secret documents.
Eric Holder described the AP article as among "the top two or three most serious leaks that I've ever seen" in a 35 year career, and yet, this is the same man who dropped charges against former DOJ lawyer Thomas Tamm; Tamm leaked information to The New York Times, during George W's administration, about a wiretapping program designed to intercept terrorist calls between high level Al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and their contacts in the U.S.; a vital program was compromised, the Times received the Pulitzer Prize, and thanks to Holder, Tamm suffered no consequences!
Currently, New York Times journalist David Sanger is thought to be the focus of the investigation of disclosures made about a joint American-Israeli effort to sabotage the Iranian nuclear weapons program, which obviously crosses a red-line. Also, Sheryl Attkisson, CBS reporter, suspects the DOJ of hacking into her computer; and, while James Rosen has been a known target of the Holder DOJ, typically past administrations, including George W's, have focused on those who violated their oath to protect classified information.
Sheryl Attkisson, CBS reporter, is only one of hundreds who believe that they have come under the scrutiny of Eric Holder. She has repeatedly asked Obama tough questions on Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the IRS. She has performed the job of a reporter, in the manner it was meant to be done. So now, the liberal media have dubbed her "the Pit Bull" and accused her of having a political agenda... as if they don't... for reporting proven facts!
James Rosen, Fox News reporter, was labeled a possible "co-conspirator" and defamed then in 2010 and now as the story resurfaces, simply because he reported on a planned missile launch by North Korea in response to the UN Security Council's condemnation of its nuclear tests. The "classified" status of this information was dubious at best, since the North Korean leadership was already screaming about it to anyone who would listen.
Eric Holder grossly abused his position, power and the law in the manner in which he applied the Espionage Act in order to investigate James Rosen. As he took this case to three different judges before receiving approval for a warrant, he also had to make a leap into fantasy to get from Mr. Rosen's so-called crime of "employing flattery and playing to Mr. Kim's (Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, State Dept security advisor) vanity and ego" to an "aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator" in the leak. And, Holder outright lied before the House Judiciary Committee repeatedly, as he replied, "I don't know" to any question pertaining to this investigation and whether or not he ever sought to "personally prosecute any journalist" under the Espionage Act; on May 22, NBC News reported Eric Holder personally signed off on the search warrant, which reportedly even included monitoring the phone lines of Rosen's parents in Staten Island: Attorney General Eric Holder must be fired and criminally prosecuted!
If the House Judiciary Committee determines that Eric Holder lied under oath, he is gone... he should have been dismissed long ago on Fast and Furious alone. Until then he will remain, because he is a personal friend of Barack Obama, who believes that Holder is a vital agent in the "fundamental transformation" of America; however, Obama has shown no reluctance in the past to cast aside anyone in his administration that he considered a liability to his agenda of creating a post-Constitutional America and an all powerful State.
From the very beginning, the Associated Press and other liberal media refused to thoroughly check the background of Obama and his associates or hold them accountable for a litany of unConstitutional acts, and now they are reaping what they have sowed. America has witnessed an administration that does not mind using its full weight of power to interfere with our First Amendment Rights on many levels, and one must doubt Obama's sincerity when he states, "And I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable"; however, whatever the final judgment, journalists and government officials both are charged with the moral imperative to find the line and balance between national security and the people's right to information. And, if Obama is really "concerned about information that could compromise their missions or might get them killed", as he refers to Americans in hazardous posts, he should charge Holder with the mission to prosecute Vice-President Joseph Biden for leaking the information that made SEAL Team Six a primary target for Al Qaeda and ultimately led to the entire Team's death!
By Justin O. Smith
Edited by John R. Houk
© Justin O. Smith