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Subject:  Re: Comgress wiretapped Date:  5/16/2013  11:02 AM
Author:  xLife Number:  119080 of 136518

This AP phone records thing is bad enough as it is. Why exaggerate? Why lie? It's not about wiretapping. And Justice has the legal authority to execute subpoenas and seize phone records.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/us/politics/facing-trio-of...

The regulation requires subpoenas for reporters’ tolling records — logs of calls made and received — to be narrowly focused and undertaken only after other ways of obtaining information are exhausted. Under normal circumstances, news organizations are to be notified ahead of time so they can negotiate or ask a judge to quash the subpoena, but the regulation allows exceptions, in which case journalists must be notified no later than 90 days afterward.

The questions are these:

Was the subpoena sufficiently narrow in focus?

Was the seizure undertaken only after exhausting other methods?

I undertand that's not as sexy as "illegal wiretap!" "Obama bugged the congressional cloakroom!" and "what did the President know and when did he know it?" but those are the real issues here. You're doing yourself no favors my making shirt up. You can't blame folks for saying Republicans are on a political witch hunt when they act like they're on a witch hunt, ignoring the facts.

Which weighs more: a witch or a duck?
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