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May 14th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Society of Professional Journalists

considering new protest over DOJ probe

The AP breaks the story about itself.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION has pursued leakers of sensitive government information more aggressively than any administration in U.S. history.
In just five years it has prosecuted more officials than all other administrations combined.
Now comes the shocking news that it has targeted the country’s largest newsgathering organization.
The Associated Press, the biggest network of newsgathering individuals and contributing media organizations in the country, disclosed Monday that it had been targeted by the U.S. Justice Department.
In an exclusive telephone interview conducted at 6:50 a.m. PDT today, the president of America’ leading journalism organization, the Society of Professional Journalists, Sonny Albarado, said he was currently talking with the organization’s attorneys with a view to drafting a letter addressed to the administration.

“We are talking about taking additional action regarding this matter,” he said when called at his personal telephone number.
Among the possibilities is a letter from the organization to the Attorney General protesting the government’s abuse of its authority.
In a statement released by SPJ on Monday  Albarado had called the government’s actions “shameful.”
Details of this unprecedented intrusion into the freedom of the press were published Monday by the Associated Press itself.
In a story written by Mark Sherman we learn that the Justice Department secretly obtained months of telephone records of reporters and editors at the AP; such actions require approval at the highest levels of the department.
There is no way Attorney General Eric Holder did not sign off personally on this operation. And we all thought John Ashcroft was the worst attorney general ever!