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Ruthless silenced

Original post made by Ted Rudow III, MA, Palo Alto High School, on May 23, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Capitol Hill , where he’s expected to be grilled over the Justice Department’s decision to secretly seize the work, home and cellphone records used by almost a hundred reporters and editors at the Associated Press. On Tuesday, Holder defended the move as a necessary step in a criminal probe of leaks of classified information.

The use of the Espionage Act, to essentially silence whistleblowers within the government—Kiriakou, Drake and others, although Kiriakou went to jail on—pled out on another charge—the FISA Amendment Act, which allows for warrantless wiretapping, the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for the stripping of American citizens of due process and indefinite detention. And it is one more assault in a long series of assault against freedom of information and freedom of the press.

And I would also, of course, throw in the persecution of Julian Assange at WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning as part of that process all of these measures to essentially shut down the freedom of information, as symptomatic of a reconfiguration of our society into a totalitarian security and surveillance state. One where anyone who challenges the official narrative, who digs out cases of torture, war crimes—which is, of course, what Manning and Assange presented to the American public—is going to be ruthlessly silenced.


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Posted by The difference between Holder and God
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Why does Obama keep Eric Holder on, especially after the Fast and Furious scandal that cost the lives of DEA agents and Border Patrol?

The guy is amoral, and a danger to society

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Posted by Gun Walker
a resident of South of Midtown
on May 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

@difference: Bush had a similar program in 2006 and 2007, called Wide Receiver -- both were run out of the ATF’s Phoenix office. The ATF agents decided in the fall of 2009 to start up the gun-walking practice again.

Did you complain when it happened under Bush, or are you a hypocrite that just waited until you could blame Obama?

@Ted: yes, the tools available to shut down whistleblowers are pervasive. Time to end the so called War On A Tactic (terrah!) and reestablish the Bill of Rights.

America is about FREEDOM.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I don't see Julian Assange and Bradley Manning as the issue here. Those two guys conspired to let out classified information. They broke the law and they should be prosecuted.

The AP situation is entirely different because they are using searches (and not notifying their target) based upon a set of reporter's questions that were asked --- not based upon an actual and purposeful effort to break the law and/or leak classified information to the public.