The latest news reporter to surface whose First Amendment rights were violated when he was targeted by the Obama Administration is none other than the chief Washington correspondent for FOX News James Rosen. Not only did they illegally access his phone records, they tracked his movements, used security badge access records to track the reporter’s comings and goings from the State Department and accessed his personal e-mails.
In essence the Department of Justice signed off on this for the crime of basic news gathering and reporting by one of its perceived 'enemies'. Actually, FOX News has named 3 staffers that were similarly targeted by the Obama DOJ, including Rosen, reporter William La Jeunesse, and Producer Mike Levine.
Eric Holder’s Department of Justice took the unheard if step of portraying standard journalistic practices as “criminal conspiracy”. Then they shopped for a friendly judge to get a warrant.
This morning, Brit Hume appeared with Martha MacCallum on FOX's America’s Newsroom tand appeared cool and collected but visibly shocked.
Hume said this this means “That the Obama/Holder Justice Department is now prepared to treat the ordinary news gathering activities of reporters trying to seek information from government officials - as a possible crime. That is…. I’m not saying it’s unprecedented because I haven’t researched this, but I can’t think of a case in which that’s ever happened before. It kind of takes the whole AP thing and casts a new light on that - of the attitude of this Justice Department - toward the news gathering activities of 1st Amendment protected organizations.”
As we get into this, I'm certain we'll find other reporters who were targeted as well.