Freedom of Speech and Press In Peril
Concern continues to mount, as it should, over the Obama administration’s seizure and review of the telephone records of journalists, their movements and their contacts. In fact, alarm bells should be sounding everywhere. This administration has already criminalized more freedom of speech as espionage than any other. USA Today reports:
Gregg Leslie, legal director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said documents filed in support of search warrant in a leak prosecution involving Kim marks the first time a reporter has been classified as an unindicted co-conspirator or a participant in an alleged crime for seeking information.
The search warrant affidavit, dated May 28, 2010, and signed by FBI Special Agent Reginald Reyes, seeks contents from a reporter’s e-mail account, stating that “there is probable cause to believe that the reporter has committed or is committing a violation…. an aider and abettor and/or conspirator to which the materials relate.”
“It’s incredible,” Leslie said. “It’s the first time we have seen something like this.”
In total, since President Obama took office, federal authorities have filed six leak-related criminal cases under the Espionage Act, including the charges against Kim, which were filed in 2011. That’s more than all other administrations combined.
Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post hit the nail on the head in his article yesterday.
The unwarranted snooping, which was revealed last week, would be troubling enough if it were an isolated incident. But it is part of a pattern that threatens to redefine investigative reporting as criminal behavior.
Wake up AMERICA! This White House will do whatever is necessary to criminalize any behavior it deems a threat to its agenda. The President’s Chief Legal Counsel and its General Counsel/Deputy Director of the FBI are experienced in this area and were promoted to their positions because of that experience.