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Justice Department secretly -- to -- the phone records.
Of Associated Press journalists a top executive at the AP -- -- a massive and unprecedented intrusion Washington our chief political correspondent Byron York.
Joins us fire what do you make of this -- -- what's Manama the ATP and the department of.
-- if this is really really bad first of all through.
He's pretty good enough if it's hard to choose.
We we should say -- -- national security leaks are serious.
There have been leaks that are really hurt the war on terrorism that something serious to government really does have to look for officials who give up.
Classified information that said they have just taken -- sledgehammer in this -- It sees the phone records.
A bunch of AP reporters and we -- talking about office records home records cell phone records everybody they called.
And -- The -- -- Justice Department will subpoena.
All of these phone records.
And the media organization gets to contest that to get to go in front of the -- and say hey -- this this -- I don't -- less and -- -- that we haven't exactly the words -- but if something like -- safe yourself is really -- gonna happen -- -- they don't have to guess they'll just go see some of this was a big secret to the 8 PM and they just found out on Friday ending the recently found that today.
Was -- the AP wrote a letter to the attorney general and by the way.
This kind of the seizure of media phone records has to be approved by the attorney general himself.
AP writes a letter and and they release -- so we finally found out about it.
The other thing is the Justice Department will often work with the media organization and say look.
We we don't want to infringe on your first amendment rights we would like to do this as narrowly as possible to subpoena as little as possible.
None of that happened again.
My feeling -- what do we make.
Why we do it was secretly steps networks of validating I don't know why this -- thought I guess the most likely -- places up the if you try to stress the records and that would be the reason why you did secretly well you've got this week destruction of evidence I.
I don't know we don't know that we we know -- we think we know that there's a grand jury in two this event of the AP reported on there was supposed to be reportedly.
An attack on -- US airliner in May of 2012 which is gonna coincide with the one year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.
And the US officials -- that attack AP reported on it.
And there was this belief that there was serious national security least that was the basis of this story so that's where we.
We start off here.
Here again it's the secrecy involved not even telling AP that.
Then -- half of the records of NC east.
What's also does -- of the press that that that's the other from Tennessee units that brought music using this if you secondarily terror tailored.
But -- is what I mean this is not the kind of information it is is secret inside the AP is in not everybody inside the AP.
Knew what was going on is probably compartmentalized to have a couple of reporters and editors involved and executives so this kind of broad subpoena was not really necessary.
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