Ladies and Gentleman, for those of you who may not believe that there is an ultimate creator of the universe today is additional proof that God does exist. Others may mark today’s date and play 5-22-20-13 and play them in their states’ numbers games.
The NY Times editorial page described the DOJ action as “moving beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.”
Obama administration officials often talk about the balance between protecting secrets and protecting the constitutional rights of a free press. Accusing a reporter of being a “co-conspirator,” on top of other zealous and secretive investigations, shows a heavy tilt toward secrecy and insufficient concern about a free press.
In his Washington Post Column today Dana Milbank also described the chilling effect of the DOJ actions:
But here’s why you should care — and why this case, along with the administration’s broad snooping into Associated Press phone records, is more serious than the other supposed Obama administration scandals regarding Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service. The Rosen affair is as flagrant an assault on civil liberties as anything done by George W. Bush’s administration, and it uses technology to silence critics in a way Richard Nixon could only have dreamed of.
To treat a reporter as a criminal for doing his job — seeking out information the government doesn’t want made public — deprives Americans of the First Amendment freedom on which all other constitutional rights are based. Guns? Privacy? Due process? Equal protection? If you can’t speak out, you can’t defend those rights, either.
Beyond that, the administration’s actions shatter the president’s credibility and discourage allies who would otherwise defend the administration against bogus accusations such as those involving the Benghazi “talking points.” If the administration is spying on reporters and accusing them of criminality just for asking questions — well, who knows what else this crowd is capable of doing?
Both pieces are accurate and sadly the DOJ action is not very surprising to those who have followed the careers of President Obama and AG Holder. The surprise is that two of this administration’s biggest supporters are (correctly) supporting one of their own over the President they worship.