Friday, December 30, 2005
Feds Launch Probe ... Of the Media, Not the Feds Own Spying on Law-Abiding Citizens
This is scary! It indicates where we are, at the end of 2005--living under a system in which Government expects Media to be Lapdog, not Watchdog, and will launch an official investigation if Media ever drops its role of Lapdog and becomes Watchdog. It will not investigate, that is, illegal and unconstitutional spying on law-abiding citizens, but will investigate the leak to the New York Times that exposed this regime's illegal activities to the light of day.
Justice Dept. Probing Domestic Spying Leak
By TONI LOCY
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the leak of classified information about President Bush's secret domestic spying program, Justice officials said Friday.
The officials, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, said the inquiry will focus on disclosures to The New York Times about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Times revealed the existence of the program two weeks ago in a front-page story that acknowledged the news had been withheld from publication for a year, partly at the request of the administration and partly because the newspaper wanted more time to confirm various aspects of the program.
Catherine Mathis, a spokeswoman for The Times, said the paper will not comment on the investigation.
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