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Monday, May 20, 2013

Obama's DOJ Tracks Reporters Movements, Obtains Personal Emails; Journalists Unite Against DOJ

By Susan Duclos

Journalists that took exception to the Department of Justice's unprecedented seizure of the Associated Press phone records are even more outraged as information is revealed about the Obama administration's other constitutional violations, including tracking reporters' movements and obtaining a Fox News reporter's personal emails.

The case of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, the government adviser, and James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, bears striking similarities to a sweeping leaks investigation disclosed last week in which federal investigators obtained records over two months of more than 20 telephone lines assigned to the Associated Press.

At a time when President Obama’s administration is under renewed scrutiny for an unprecedented number of leak investigations, the Kim case provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one such probe.

Court documents in the Kim case reveal how deeply investigators explored the private communications of a working journalist — and raise the question of how often journalists have been investigated as closely as Rosen was in 2010. The case also raises new concerns among critics of government secrecy about the possible stifling effect of these investigations on a critical element of press freedom: the exchange of information between reporters and their sources.

“Search warrants like these have a severe chilling effect on the free flow of important information to the public,” said First Amendment lawyer Charles Tobin, who has represented the Associated Press, but not in the current case. “That’s a very dangerous road to go down.”

In response to these explosive details, other reporters and journalists are speaking out, some via Twitter.

The first is a sentence from a source that literally makes me think pigs are flying and it is awfully cold down in hell at the moment.

HuffPost Media:

Ryan Lizza,Washington Correspondent for The New Yorker and contributor for CNN, has added to his public profile "aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator," and posted the following tweets.

[UPDATE] Another tweet from Lizza:

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Far left liberal Glenn Greenwald, Columnist and blogger for the Guardian:

Spencer Ackerman, Incoming national security editor at the Guardian

Eli Lake, Senior national security reporter for Newsweek/Daily Beast

Karen Tumulty, National political correspondent for the Washington Post

Howard Fineman, Editorial Director, Huffington Post Media Group. Analyst, NBC/MSNBC

Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief of

This is just a small sample of the outrage from journalists to the left, right and in the center, over the Obama administration's direct attack against the freedom of the press.

On the bright side, Obama and his DOJ have managed to unite those journalists from the left, right and center.... unfortunately for Obama, they are all uniting against him.

Let us now see how fast Obama gets past the latest IRS, AP Phone record seizure and Benghazi scandals without members of the press willing to carry his water.

[Update] Here is the  44-page PDF of the warrant for Rosen's Gmail account.