Monday, May 15, 2006

ABC News Whines About Investigation 

This piece [at ABC News' "The Blotter"] coyly states "ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls."

Ummmm, isn't it possible, if the "phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation" that the information was either obtained by virtue of a search warrant, duly issued and approved by a Federal magistrate, or was legally obtained without a warrant because such information has been held not to be private? In fact, isn't it PROBABLE that this is the case, given that the Feds must surely be aware of the likelihood of leaks, and that the whole operation will be spun by the media as a violation of free speech and due process?

How can the lamestream media seriously push the idea that the government is full of evil geniuses engaged in a vast conspiracy to destroy our Constitutional rights while at the same time implying that government investigators are so stupid that they'd knowingly give the media such ammunition against themselves?

I'll tell you what I believe in this story: (a) the government is investigating leaks; (b) they are trying to find out who in the media suspected leakers are talking to; (c) somebody in the government (probably more than one person) has been asked to sign a document (probably under penalty of perjury) saying that he/she isn't the source of a particular leak; (d) the investigators have dotted all their legal i's and crossed all their legal t's.

Mostly this article is all speculation and spin, presenting, as clearly intended, the lamestream media as victim. Sorry, ABC, I don't buy it. Cross posted to Blotter comments.

UPDATE: Be sure to read the comments. The tinfoil hat wearers are out in force. Hilarious!!

Thanks to Instapundit for the pointer.

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