Also failing a test of integrity was Obama’s Justice Department, which subpoenaed the calling records for 20 telephone lines used at work and home by Associated Press reporters. The department was investigating a leak of classified information about an al-Qaida terrorist plot.
Although the Justice Department obtained lawful subpoenas and did not listen in on any calls, it did learn — without the AP’s knowledge — whom reporters were talking to and for how long.
In this chilling attack on the press’ ability to do its job as the people’s watchdog, the Justice Department might not intimidate reporters and editors, but it will certainly make any government whistleblowers think twice about talking on the phone with a reporter.
The IRS and the Justice Department have a lot to answer for. The best way to do it is out in the open. Let the scrutiny continue.