DOJ Out Of Control Attacking Freedom Of Press!! Targeted WH, Fox News Reporters’ Phone Records, Landlines and Cells

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 17:17

(Before It's News)

By Susan Duclos
Reports on the Obama administrations attack on the free press just keeps on coming, as The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza obtains documents showing that the Justice Department went further than reports showed yesterday in tracking and obtaining the personal emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen, then the update that up to three Fox News staffers were targeted, but now, “lawyers for Justice Department seized phone records from two staffers at
the White House and five Fox News reporters, bringing the total to 30
people overall.”

In all, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the District of
Columbia, has seized records associated with over thirty different phone
numbers. In the filing that included the new information, the last four
digits of each telephone line targeted by the Obama Administration are
redacted. Two of the numbers begin with area code 202 and the exchange
456, which, according to current and former Administration officials,
are used exclusively by the White House. (The phone number for the White
House switchboard is (202) 456-1414.)

At least five other numbers targeted by the
government include the area code 202 and the exchange 824. The phone
number for the Fox News Washington bureau, which is publicly available,
is (202) 824-0001. Rosen’s work phone number at Fox News begins with the
same area code and exchange.

William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney, told The New Yorker
this afternoon, “Because that information is sealed, I can’t confirm
the owner or subscriber for any of those records.” Asked if the phone
numbers of any reporters had been targeted in the Kim investigation,
Miller said he could not comment.
But e-mail and phone records were not the only information collected
about journalists. According to another document in the case, “the
United States has also produced a CD containing voluminous [Department
of State] badge records for media personnel for the period March 1,
2009, through September 30, 2009.”

Rosen declined to comment on the case. Asked if the phone numbers of
any reporters had been targeted in the Kim investigation, a spokesperson
for Fox News said they were not familiar with the new information
regarding Fox’s phone records and directed The New Yorker to a
statement released yesterday by Michael Clemente, the executive
vice-president for News at the cable channel: “We are outraged to learn
today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply
doing his job as a reporter. In fact, it is downright chilling. We will
unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until
now has always been a free press.”
See the list of phone numbers and the document obtained by Lizza at The New Yorker.
This is on top of the AP phone record seizure scandal already rocking the Obama administration, where 21 phone lines, in five different offices were covered by the overly
broad Department of Justice subpoenas. Four of those offices held a
total of 100 reporters.

The Obama administration and his Justice Department are completely out of control in their unprecedented widespread attack against America’s free press.