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Friday Thought Exercise: The AP Scandal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Friday, 31 May 2013 07:40

AJHere's a thought exercise for the hypothetical reasonable, rational and intelligent conservative Republicans out there.  (Most North Dakota Republicans can sit this one out.)

Imagine someone in the federal government is leaking sensitive, classified information to a journalist. Because of the leak, respected, non-partisan, government officials and their family members' safety and security are being jeopardized. These people and their family members could be killed.  Imagine that the journalist is knowingly receiving sensitive, classified information, and that the release of that information could put peoples' lives on the line. 

Now... Imagine it's a felony -- possibly the constitutional crime of treason -- for someone to leak this classified information to anybody, including a member of the media. Imagine that when a crime like this happens, we expect our government to investigate it and bring to justice anybody who has commited such crimes, and any co-conspirators.

Imagine that everybody acknowledges the the government tries to investigate the leak but comes up with nothing. So they seek subpoenas to get phone records so they can start to figure out from whom the press is getting the classified, secret, sensitive information.

Now, imagine that the leaks were all going to a journalist with Al Jazeera, and not the Associated Press.

On a 1 to 10 scale, how outraged are you about what the government was done?  By comparison, how outraged are/were you about illegal leaks to the Associated Press?  Should it matter to whom the classified information is illegally being leaked? 

Should Eric Holder resign or be fired?  

Discuss.


Comments (4)add comment

Max said:

Truth before all else
I'd much rather live in a society where honest facts are known and spoken than any alternative.

I believe that the First Amendment is binding on all officers of the United States, and protects all journalists, everywhere. Whether or not the news agency is domestic or international makes not one iota of difference.

But clearly that belief is not what is practiced. On a 1 to 10 scale: I am at a 10 when the government is prosecuting journalists.
 
June 02, 2013
Votes: +0

Max said:

Truth before all else
I'd much rather live in a society where honest facts are known and spoken than any alternative.

I believe that the First Amendment is binding on all officers of the United States, and protects all journalists, everywhere. Whether or not the news agency is domestic or international makes not one iota of difference.

But clearly that belief is not what is practiced. On a 1 to 10 scale: I am at a 10 when the government is prosecuting journalists.
 
June 02, 2013
Votes: +0

nimrod said:

...
What do Republicans expect after Bush subverted the nation's reaction to 9/11 to pave the road to a national security state?
 
June 03, 2013
Votes: +0

nimrod said:

...
BTW Max, the DOJ is not prosecuting journalists.
 
June 03, 2013
Votes: +0

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