Obama Justice Department Spied on Fox News Reporter(s)

A couple of weeks ago, as his Department of Justice was seizing Associated Press phone records, President Obama hailed “World Press Freedom Day”:

We pay special tribute to those journalists who have sacrificed their lives, freedom or personal well-being in pursuit of truth and justice.

Ironic, because those who risk sacrificing their freedom in the pursuit of truth are reporters covering the Obama administration. Here’s just the latest:

The Justice Department spied extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of Rosen’s personal emails, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

In a chilling move sure to rile defenders of civil liberties, an FBI agent also accused Rosen of breaking anti-espionage law with behavior that — as described in the agent’s own affidavit — falls well inside the bounds of traditional news reporting.

Fox News is now claiming that the Obama Justice Department targeted two of their reporters and one producer.

As John Nolte pointed out over at Breitbart, the things the government is accusing Rosen of doing happen almost every day in the world of journalism in a free nation — and the Obama administration wants to criminalize it while sending a “horse head in the bed” style message to every other reporter in the country.

In 2009 the Obama administration pretty much declared war on Fox News, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this story runs a lot wider and deeper and isn’t even isolated to alleged leak investigations.

Author: Doug Powers

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