Up for Debate: DoJ seizes AP phone records

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 1:39am

What's your reaction to a report that the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of phone records of many Associated Press reporters and editors?

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86 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 5/13/13 at 11:53

With Mr. Usurper in office, the 1st amendment to our Constitution apparently become null and void and has no meaning. We no longer have free press.

Only the news media that supports Mr. Usurper has free press freedom.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/14/13 at 4:40

This is the beginning of a story that conservatives and libersls alike should follow closely. The 47% should also follow but intellectual curiosity is probably not their "bag".

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 4:56

Good morning, Nashville.

Hope & change was simply shuck & jive....suckers.

But look at what the alternatives were.....Obama & Biden faced a disgruntled and bitter ex-pow and an air-headed bimbo in 2008..... and then a Mormon Bishop and a Wienermobile pilot in 2012....it was a grim choice: Two Idiots or Two A-holes.

Looks like the winning Idiots were also loser A-holes.

We have the best political parties, the best candidates and the best federal government that money can buy.....this is the result.

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 5:09

Even after reading the main article, it's tough to see why the Obama Administration did this.... especially in this sweeping manner.

Ostensibly, the seizure of the AP phone records was to plug a national security leak.....but the plan seems to have backfired.....now, Holder's boat is leaking? Holder could be the next one to jump ship...or be thrown over the transom?

let's face it, our so-called "free press" is a for-profit capitalist enterprise with no particular loyalty to the USA....if there's a buck to be made they'll try to make it....for the media, it's survival of the fattest.....the government supplies the free bread....they supply the circus.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/14/13 at 5:10

LONER.......I would like to offer a rebuttal to your 5:56 but your observation would be very difficult to refute.

By: yogiman on 5/14/13 at 5:13

There is a major difference between the "runners", Loner. The A-holes (in your mind) were legally authorized to run for that office. Your idiot A-hole wasn't; he is in that office illegally.

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 5:47

Give it a rest, Yogi....the black man with the odd name...the Negro-featured mulatto now living in the White House is there legally.....the South lost the war.

Sadly, some A-holes are still exploiting the idiots who cling to the racist lies about the President's place of birth.....and his citizenship.

The once larger birther group has shrunk to a tiny core of gullible and hate-filled believers.

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 5:51

Thanks for the kind word, Rasp.....I wish that the situation was more upbeat and positive..but I don't sugar-coat my opinions....in my view, the nation is in trouble.

By: govskeptic on 5/14/13 at 5:53

This story along with the one concerning the IRS has got most of the Nations
Media, less the NY Times, re-evaluating their constant protection of any story
that reflects negatively on this President and Administration. The AP has been
a solid member of those admirers and protectors, yet they get hit with a wire
tap on 20 phones. Eric Holder will blame it on Incompetence, which is always
what the Democrats use as their excuse for criminal behavior, because that's
what the party voters always accepts as OK.

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 6:03

Tricky Dick abused the "national security" excuse to pull off numerous political shenanigans....now, when a legitimate national security issue may call for wiretapping the media, nobody believes the government....US President's have cried, "WOLF!!" a little too often....there's no credibility left.

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 6:09

Of course, the GOP will try to blame Hillary Clinton for this...she's the presumed Democratic candidate for POTUS in 2016.....as we can see by the Benghazi Witch-hunt, the 2016 campaign is now in full swing mode....nobody's pulling their punches.

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 6:14

All-Occasion Republican T-shirt idea:

What Did Hillary Know?
When Did She Know It.?

Order now, be the first on your block to wear one!

By: govskeptic on 5/14/13 at 6:35

I already have my Hillary T-shirt: "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, deny all evil".

By: yogiman on 5/14/13 at 6:43

You don't know me, Loner. If you did, you would know I'm not a racist; but you have to consider yourself one. There is several black American I would gladly vote for that office.

I have offered all kinds of evidence the man is in that office illegally several times; mainly by his autobiography.

You and your "buddies" have posted you told me how he is in the office legally, but only one time. So how about offering me the evidence he is in that office legally one more time to make me understand it and I'll "get off your backs".

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 6:52

I know you yogi and your neighbors know and your are a dumb ass racist.

By: yogiman on 5/14/13 at 6:52


How can I falsely be claiming Obama's place of birth when he advertised Kenya as his place of birth for 16 years?

Tell me, do you know he was lying about his place of birth and was actually born in Hawaii?

Okay, let's assume he was born in Hawaii. How can he be a natural born citizen with a foreign student from Kenya his father? Wouldn't he be a dual-citizen? So how can a dual-citizen be a natural born American citizen with a Kenyan father?

What sense does in make for him to spend millions of dollars to put his papers under lock and key if he is a natural born citizen?

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 6:54

Usurpers and 47%. First two post, says alot abut being racist jerks.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 6:55

shb about

By: yogiman on 5/14/13 at 6:56

You are as full of that crap as a Christmas turkey, dumba$$.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 6:57

I still think Roy was an idiot for breeding another idiot.

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 6:58

.Yogi...it's a simple "if, then" proposition. If the Clintons, the Bush family, Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, The Republican Party, Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney and FOX News could not prove the birther allegations, then we can assume that the allegations are false.

It's just that simple, my friend...BHO has been vetted and found to be entirely eligible for the job that he was twice elected to do.

Now please....shut up already....you are beating a dead friggin' horse and looking like a fool in so doing....forget about it.... and move on with your life, man.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 6:58

Prove me wrong idiot.

By: yogiman on 5/14/13 at 6:59

Tell me, bumba$$, you're an obvious Barry fan; how about offering me your denial of his autobiography and post to me how he was born as a natural born citizen.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 7:01

What is a bumbass

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 7:06

With few, if any exceptions, any child born in the USA is a natural born US citizen.....the parents can be undocumented aliens, but that does not matter....it's been that way since the beginning of the republic, to my knowledge....this is what the term "anchor baby" is all about.

If a cogent and credible poster can refute that, please do.

By: yogiman on 5/14/13 at 7:08


The Constitution is the rules we take an oath to an office to go by. Or we used to. I haven't been able to fully understand why Barry has been allowed to usurp that office by all political figures when it's obvious he isn't a natural born citizen as required by that Constitution.

The facts will come out in time, and it looks like it's "coming out the door" today. But if Barry gets away with the Benghazi issue he will probably become not only become our first black president but our first black dictator.

By: yogiman on 5/14/13 at 7:09

A bumba$$ is a dumba$$ bumming their idiocy, dumba$$.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 7:10

What is the matter yogi? Did the dog refuse your advances?

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 7:16

Food for thought:

Could a US citizen who assumes dual citizenship with any other country still be eligible to run for POTUS?

Could a US citizen who makes aliyah to Israel, for instance, and then assumes dual US-Israeli citizenship, still be eligible to run for POTUS?

Who would dare to raise an objection to that?

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 7:17


By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 7:18

Gentlemen...please, this is a fresh litter-box.

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 7:24

The Head Cheese at the IRS is now melting in the hot seat.....will it be under the bus or over the transom? Does cheese float?

By: Loner on 5/14/13 at 7:32

Eric Holder has to be on the hot seat too...first the gun running to the Mexican druglords snafu.....then the not-so-popular crackdown on the Medical Marijuana dispensaries in CA and other states.....now a freedom of the press kerfuffle....Obama may need a major scapegoat, to protect his Legacy....Holder could be left holding the bag.

By: BenDover on 5/14/13 at 7:51

I do so hate it when yogi comes in and sh!ts all over the place. Even the yogi filters don't thwart the stench when you guys encourage him.

I think the IRS scandal was a big bone Obama was saving when he needed to give the press an excuse to drop an investigation that reached too high into the administration. There's a firewall between Obama and the IRS story... otherwise it would not have developed so quickly and sucked away so much oxygen from Benghazi.

The AP story is a different animal. This offends the sensibilities of his proponents not his critics. This one may have legs of its own.

By: BenDover on 5/14/13 at 8:23

In other news, Angelina Jolie gets a preventative double mastectomy.

wow -- I'd think making time for an annual screening would be a better choice.

Is she a nut-job? I always thought she was one of the few sane ones.

By: Jughead on 5/14/13 at 8:25


By: pswindle on 5/14/13 at 8:36

This needs to be done. The reporters have become more powerful than anyone. They can control what is known and what t is downplayed. They are in a fight to see who can get a story first at all cost. The reporters carry the day on news, and a lot of time that get it all wrong.

By: BenDover on 5/14/13 at 8:39

Yeah... that press-core has been such a huge impediment for Obama's goals.

Actually Martial Law might just be an even cleaner way for Obama to accomplish all of his good aims.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 8:40

Ben, how do you figure that about the IRS? There is a separation from the President and the IRS. However, I do agree with you on the AP story.

If you want to change the subject try this on for size.
Tullahoma Father Charged After Child Shot


By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 8:44

Be, don’t take this personally, but you are starting to act like yogi.

By: BenDover on 5/14/13 at 8:48

I think he tossed up the IRS scandal as a bone to get the dogs off the scent of Benghazi where he is likely culpable and touchable. With respect to the IRS story he may be culpable but he's probably untouchable.

The AP thing is like biting the hand that feeds him. He's going to regret going all Chicago on them.

By: bfra on 5/14/13 at 8:55

Nemo - You said Ben is "starting to sound like yogi", he sounds like yogi's echo, plus repeat, repeat, repeat.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 8:57

I'm talking about the Martial Law comment., Ben. That sound awful yogi...ish. Don't go nuts on us. ;-)

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 8:58

Ben is cool, bfra. Wrong but cool. lol

By: Jughead on 5/14/13 at 8:59

Obama covered up the Libya attack.

Obama covered up the Boston bombing details.

Obama used the DOJ to obliterate opposition.

And you libtards think Nixon was bad?

By: BenDover on 5/14/13 at 8:59

That was just in response to pswindle OKing the AP intrusion Nemo. Using ridiculousness to fight ridiculousness.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 9:08

I just play with you Ben.

However pswindle is not to far off base. I have heard reports say that the editors don't censor their stories, but have been know not the release the story. Which is censorship to me.

Then there is FOX News.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 9:09

shb I'm but you know what I saying.

I got to go, but will check in some point.

By: BenDover on 5/14/13 at 9:12

The AP is basically the Obama Cheer leading squad, Nemo. The monster has turned on his creator.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/13 at 9:14

Then it was no cheer leader at all, Ben.