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Is the First Amendment Any Longer Relevant in the Era of Obama?

It looks like the police state is out in full force in the USA. Another Obama scandal!! It was learned late last week that the Obama Justice Department secretly and illegally obtained Associated Press private phone records.

The Justice Department secretly got two months of telephone records of  Associated Press reporters and editors. The AP’s top executive called this a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how a news organizations assembles the news.

Associated Press attorneys alleged that the Justice Department tallied incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, of the work and personal phone numbers of each reporter, the general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery.

The Justice Department seized the records of  20 or more separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. No one knows the precise number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period,  but more than 100 journalists work in offices whose phone records were targeted concerning a  large number of stories about government and related issues.

Associated Press President and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Pruitt, sent a letter of protest to Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that the government got information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. Pruitt demanded that the Justice Department  return the phone records and that all copies be destroyed.

Everyone knows that the AP is an Obama “lap dog.” One wonders if the news organization is going to have second thoughts about the Administration now?  And if the Obama regime does this to its friends, what will it do to its enemies??

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