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That's not my point at all. It's that people who were in favor of illegal surveillance in the name of counter-terrorism are hypocrites when they complain about the execution of a legal subpoena, however ill-advised.

Rather than alert the AP that it would subpoena the phone records, the DoJ seized them secretly, claiming that notifying the AP would “pose a substantial threat to the investigation” — even though the AP can’t bury the records of the phone companies involved, even if it was inclined to try.

Suddenly, conservative claims of active intimidation and pressure from the White House looked a lot less conspiratorial to the media. Erik Wemple at the Washington Post called the action “a dagger to the heart of AP‘s newsgathering activity.” What source will trust that their identity will remain anonymous if the government can seize the phone records without warning? The ACLU called it “an unacceptable abuse of power,” which is what conservative groups had called the IRS’s attack on them for most of the past three years.
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