Let’s talk about Free Speech, but you’ll need to keep that Secret, AG Holder Offers the Press.

English: Official portrait of United States At...

English: Official portrait of United States Attorney General Eric Holder Español: Retrato oficial de Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos Eric Holder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For The record I am not partisan. If you don’t believe me do to the fact I am about to excoriate Attorney General Eric Holder for what I believe is a clear violation of the First Amendment, then ask yourself why, cause You will be the only one who cares cause I sure wont.

Eric holder seems to have a memory problem, and is at the least unsure what his justice department is doing.

On the Associated Press debacle, which now is blooming into quite a “thorough” investigation as thousands of calls, emails, and texts were tracked read and monitored, Holder offers this.

Here is an excerpt from the HuffPost.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/15/eric-holder-ap-doj-i-dont-know-not-involved_n_3280617.html

The Attorney General recused himself from the leak investigation that wound up targeting the AP, so he had a handy way to avoid answering any questions about it when he was called before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

“I was not the person involved in that decision,” he told Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the committee. “I was recused in that matter.”

So He Recused Himself. HMMM..  Given the scope, and the how grave a threat to national security this was I’m sure he knows exactly when he did, less he taint the investigation with suggestions of impropriety…Yet We have this.

Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee he recused himself from the leak investigation involving sweeping surveillance of the Associated Press because he was a “fact witness,” meaning he had access to the classified data at issue and was questioned about it. But he can’t recall when he recused himself.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/05/16/holders-recusal-and-the-leak-investigation-are-unprecedented/

So.. He recused himself.. but.. doesn’t remember when, and there is no written record…

Ehhh.. It could happen..

Next there is the strange case of Foxnews Reporter James Rosen.. who was investigated by the justice department.

*Yes I know… I know… Its fox news so who cares if it was legal.. or ethical.. or a violation of free speech.. its not like the specific targeting of one political group by a government agency .. cause THAT never happens…

(*)said with Eye rolling sarcasm

Eric Holder, on the investigation of the press.. had this to say..

Holder’s testimony before the panel came just days after the Justice Department confirmed that it had obtained the telephone records of several Associated Press reporters. During the hearing, Holder was asked about the use of the Espionage Act to prosecute journalists, and Holder said that prosecutions against reporters usually do not succeed. He also said that he had never been personally involved in the potential prosecution of a journalist who disclosed sensitive material.

That is not something that I have ever been involved in, or would think would be a wise policy,” Holder told the panel.

*Seems Legit.. I mean his word is his bond right…

(*) You already know what  the asterisk means..

However.. it seems there is a bit of a complication.. a bump in testimony road so to speak.

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric  Holder personally approved a decision to subpoena Fox News  telephone records as the Justice Department investigated an  unauthorized leak regarding North Korea, officials said on  Tuesday.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/eric-holder-fox-news_n_3349945.html

I have to tell you, when you have the Huffpost calling out ANYBODY in the Obama Administration, on behalf of a Fox News Reporter, that’s some next level shit right there.

SO Holder, with his dangleys  caught in the spin Machine good and proper, He decides to “Open a Dialoge” with the  lords of the press and make things all better.. come clean.. so to speak..

Yet  what he offered was a “Off the Record parlay”

This is what he got for his hubris.

Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder’s plans to sit down with media representatives to discuss guidelines for handling investigations into leaks to the news media have run into trouble.

The Associated Press issued a statement Wednesday objecting to plans for the meetings to be off the record. “If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter,” said Erin Madigan White, the AP’s media relations manager. The New York Times is taking the same position. “It isn’t appropriate for us to attend an off-the-record meeting with the attorney general,” executive editor Jill Abramson said in a statement.

(CNN reporting this story also Declined as well, Along almost all major News Outlets)

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/29/holder-runs-into-roadblocks-on-off-the-record-meetings-on-leaks/

Folks I got to tell you.. been a while sense the “Media” in this country has been on the same page about anything, and that page is freedom of speech, and from persecution for things said that one political party or another just doesn’t like.

That ..Having been Said.. (shameless plug)

Looks like they are this time.. and we are better for it that’s for sure.

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