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The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and Freedom of the Press Foundation have released documents showing that in 2015, the Obama DOJ had secret rules to target journalists under FISA. The Freedom of the Press Foundation and Knight filed a FOIA lawsuit to obtain the memos.
The two 2015 memos from former Attorney General Eric Holder to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lay out procedures to ensure that the attorney general or deputy attorney general signs off on any FISA applications "targeting known media entities or known members of the media."
The Obama Department of Justice has spied on journalists. They tracked James Rosen, formerly of Fox News. They seized the phone records from Associated Press reporters.
The Obama White House/DOJ was doing things more corrosive to press freedom than Trump’s Twitter account or rallies, ever could.
originally posted by: MiddleInsite
a reply to: carewemust
I'm sorry, but wasn't the Right saying that Obama was going to take everyone's guns, declare martial law and take a third term? Of course he was spying on journalists. How else was he suppose to do those things if he also didn't control the media? And where is Obama now? You guys have serious ODS.
I'm still waiting for that report showing Obama wiretapped Trump tower, but I'm sure Trump is still getting that together. And the report from Hawaii about his birth. I'm sure that's coming too. Waiting for the release of those explosive unclassified pages that show what a scam the Mueller investigation is.
It's hard to take you guys serious when you mix BS with facts to the extent that you do. Cherry picking is the term.
Uh huh. Except when the AG was Obama hatchetman, there goes your claim.
originally posted by: vinifalou
Well I thought "hey, there's no way someone can defend this" and was surprised to read the replies.
Gonna miss y'all when # hits the fan and you delete your accounts.
originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: carewemust
Read the actual wording. It made it harder to spy on journalists because the FISA warrant had to be reviewed and authorized by the AG.
The extent to which the government uses—and has used—NSLs and FISA court orders against journalists is unclear. We know, however, that the FBI has secret rules for obtaining journalists’ information using NSLs. At least one journalist, three-time Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Barton Gellman, has been told that his phone records were obtained using an NSL. And the government itself, in a series of heavily redacted Inspector General reports, has admitted to using exigent letters (sometimes referred to as “informal NSLs”) against unnamed New York Times and Washington Post reporters during the George W. Bush administration.
The documents comprise two memos, both from former Attorney General Eric Holder to the DOJ’s National Security Division (NSD). The first, from January 2015, issues secret guidance for targeting journalists under FISA. The guidance states that the Attorney General “determined that review of FISA applications targeting known media entities or known members of the media should occur at even higher levels than otherwise permitted by FISA and existing Attorney General orders.”
First of all, so says you.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
a reply to: DJW001
First of all, so says you. Like we can beLIEve anything you say here. The guy you screamed banshee across this site that Obama's government needed all that Ministry of Truth propaganda legislation (to stop people from questioning Him and His war machine, from criticizing the MSM, for exposing Hitlery, etc). You were even on board with the FBI investigating people like Alex Jones as traitors, as in putting them in PRISON, which I'm sure now you'll attempt to derail the thread for three pages insisting you didnt. But we all saw you; couldnt talk you out of it.