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Back to the case of the Justice Department now -- looking at the phone records emails it's a track and other things.
-- all of reporters.
Ellen Ratner is here with god daily -- -- and Ellen I was interested in reading your thoughts here about.
Espionage Act it's being.
Used to go to justify all of this I was -- exactly what is being used in terms of justifying going into reporters such as James Rosen and other people's.
Personal records phone records emails all that kind of thing.
But you know what's so interesting is the press has been very poor if not bad.
About following up on what's gone not in if you read some of the press accounts says we -- the Espionage Act but only really Michael Barack.
In the national review went through it chapter and verse in terms -- what is in the Espionage Act.
When it's being used and how it's being used now Woodrow Wilson -- used did -- actually.
James added -- -- to have Michael around said.
And that it's important to remember and that history.
That big government liberals can be is much inclined to suppress civil liberties as small government conservatives and even more so.
We're certainly seeing that happen right now.
And it's a major concern and I am glad Michael Barone I mean he's you know alone in the forest over there.
In China that it but it it least he's trying to explain how did we get into this mess and what is the government doing to justify.
The use of going into reporters' records how much of a -- is it.
Alan I -- I think a lot of people sit -- that.
Perhaps -- don't really have not necessarily a bust him out of sympathy.
With reporters in general I wouldn't say with -- most popular people in the world -- -- -- politicians and lawyers but.
You know we're out that buttons so why why should people.
-- Well they should care because.
The only way you know I remember an old time reporter when I first what went to the White House in 1993 saying to me.
Alan you know don't think that this isn't important in keeping a democracy if you keep you care about democracy.
You must support the press because the only way.
To keep a check on the government was -- government couldn't do what it wants.
And no one will keep a check on it except for reporters and you can -- is reporters and a lot of people do.
But I gotta tell you it is one area that does keep a check that people can -- to at look at Watergate I mean.
I had and we know how important and that was in terms of finding out whether it be corruption look what's happening in New York State.
All of that is so important and we wouldn't have it without the press.
Is this still any different at -- we've seen -- -- now with the Associated Press for their own James Rosen.
Is it any different.
To the way any administration.
Has looked at reporters is -- -- real difference in the culture here that has been.
And put -- all set by the Obama administration.
Well first of all you now have the ability really since bush 43 in later bush 43 especially.
To get people's emails to get people's Twitter so much of our lives are on line so that if you have access.
To that Internet information as many spy agencies do -- -- yes unfortunately you can get into reporter's notes.
In the way that when in the olden days when you and I kept handwritten notes or.
You know that kind of way.
Well people did not get into our material but they can now and that's a major concern how do we keep what should be private pride -- All right Ellen -- great to talk to is always -- of course is editor in chief of told radio news service on one of those whom you can see.
On -- Saturday's 230 and 11:30 PM eastern on FOX News Watch hosted by Jones -- discussing all of these kind of matters.
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