Report: Holder Personally Approved Search Warrant On Fox Reporter

holderericAttorney General Eric Holder recently appeared before the House Judiciary Committee and denied any involvement in the abuse searches targeting the Associated Press by the Obama Administration. Holder seemed to morph with his predecessor Alberto Gonzales with a mantra of “I have no knowledge” and “I had no involvement” in the scandal. It was a disturbing defense in one of the greatest attacks on the free press in modern times. Now, however, Holder’s fingerprints have been found on an equally disturbing targeting of a Fox reporter, James Rosen. As with the Associated Press, Rosen was targeted for simply speaking with a source in a story involving classified information. Even his parents telephone information was seized in the abusive operation where Rosen was declared a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act.

Holder’s order led to Justice Department investigators secretly seizing his private emails because he was found to have “asked, solicited and encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.” That is called being a reporter.

It is astonishing to see apologists continuing their effort to excuse the record of the Obama Administration in attacking reporters and whistleblowers. While various public interest and media groups have denounced these acts, many still cannot get themselves to criticize President Obama for this disgraceful legacy. Obama has been aware of the criticism for targeting reporters and whistleblowers for years and has done nothing — just as he is aware of the complaints of civil libertarians over kill lists, torture, and other abusive policies. He has not simply destroyed the civil liberties movement in the United States, as previously discussed, but the very soul of the Democratic Party which once stood for principles of privacy and the free press.

These issues were placed squarely before Holder in the Rosen search and he did what he has done in so many other constitutional conflict: he kicked principle into the gutter. He has shown again that his view of constitutional protections borders on open contempt. He is the very image of what Louis Brandeis once described in his dissenting opinion in Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928):

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Source: Politico

14 thoughts on “Report: Holder Personally Approved Search Warrant On Fox Reporter

  1. Holder is trying to find a reason to be fired by President Obama. Obama wants him to stay. Holder, on the other, has his eye set on the private sector opportunities?

  2. The first I ever heard of Eric Holder, and probably for most folks, was during the shameful Mark Rich pardon w/ Clinton. He was slimy then, he’s a criminal now. Hopefully the clock is ticking on his tenure.

  3. Holder is a tool of special interests and should be replaced immediately.

    The question that begs is;

    Will we ever see a truly honorable person as USAG?

    I don’t think so.

  4. It would appear the Holder lied to congress. He should be prosecuted if he did. If an AG lies to congress it is much more serious than a baseball player. There is a long list of big time liars. How about the head of Google who just testified that not only did they not break the law when they avoided paying taxes on billions but they followed the sort of the law too. Lets start enforcing our laws at the top of the food chain now.

  5. I don’t know what more evidence congress will need to file a contempt of congress charge against holder.

    No, nothing will be done about holder. President Obama supports holder’s actions, who has been a faithful proxy and future scapegoat.

  6. Justice Holmes 1, May 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

    It would appear the Holder lied to congress. He should be prosecuted if he did. If an AG lies to congress it is much more serious than a baseball player. There is a long list of big time liars. How about the head of Google who just testified that not only did they not break the law when they avoided paying taxes on billions but they followed the sort of the law too. Lets start enforcing our laws at the top of the food chain now.

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    Well said.

    (There’s another DOJ secret that will see the light of day, at some point, I trust. It’s a whopper. Holder knows. Holder needs to go.)

  7. Holder signed the warrant for Rosen’s records. If he played within the rules of a bad law or more than one bad law, change the law(s). Or work for an effective shield law, one that protects on-line journos too.

    Justie Homes, was it not the AP matter where Holder may be lying about the extent of his involvement? That’s a different matter.

  8. Lottakatz wrote: “If he played within the rules of a bad law or more than one bad law, change the law(s).”

    One does not have to be convicted as a criminal in order to be fired for mishandling his job. Labeling a journalist like Rosen as a co-conspirator in a criminal leak case in order to get a search warrant is certainly unethical and immoral, regardless of what laws he may or may not have broken. In my opinion, he violated his oath to uphold the Constitution. He should be fired.

    Should he be put in jail? I would like to hear the lawyers chime in on that question. Can someone be put fined or imprisoned for violating the Constitution or violating his oath of office?

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