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Obama administration's widespread snooping activities in several arena as a raising all kinds of alarms right now and critics are paying special attention.
To the administration's snooping on reporters.
The Justice Department -- a department secretly collecting email and phone records of our colleague James Rosen while investigating -- news -- telling a judge.
James might be a criminally liable.
Attorney general Eric Holder now telling congress he wants a better balance between national security and freedom of the press listen.
Last week I -- being the first -- a series of meetings with representatives of news organizations government agencies and other groups to discuss that.
Need to strike it's important balance to ensure robust First Amendment protections.
And to Foster a constructive dialogue.
I appreciate the opportunity to engage members of the media and national security professionals.
In this effort to improve our guidelines policies and process -- and to renew the important conversation it really is as old as the republic itself.
About how to balance our security -- with our dearest civil liberties.
Let's bring in today's news watch panel Judith Miller is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and author.
Kirsten Powers -- columnist for the Daily Beast of both are Fox News contributors.
Judy what do you think about the attorney general's remarks.
I don't think they go far enough and they certainly don't answer the question of why he signed a warrant requesting James Rosen -- Information.
When he already had a lot of the information he needed to identify -- and why that is not tantamount to criminalizing.
The news gathering process -- personally signed to warrant and then he told the congress that he would never think.
Of actually prosecuting.
For violation of the Espionage -- now either he's lied or he lied to the judge requesting the information suggesting that that's just what he was going to do.
It seems -- and to be that black and white either he lied to congress where he lied to the judge didn't -- I guess maybe Eric Holder would say that he was thinking the I don't know I'm gonna prosecute him or not I'm going to -- that's we're trying to get information decide.
Whether or not we're gonna prosecute him but it does it change the fact that at what he did was fundamentally wrong and also when you listen I'm talking about the back.
Oh we need to revamp our guidelines not the guy is actually are fine he needs to follow the guidelines -- -- you know you did it in informing for example that the news organization had a time which they keep insisting that they did but they didn't.
And he -- and -- I -- -- and I the most troubling to me is is the fact that holder had no remorse about this until he was caught.
And you know people who only have remorse when their caught her people the -- very suspicious.
And then you get to this the revelation of this whole NSA thing.
It it's you know the fact they've been collecting all this data for years -- -- start Walt in his online column today said something like.
You know the government's defense is -- don't worry about it where it's cool we've been doing it forever.
Well I think I think we have to draw distinction here I do not know enough about the kind of information that's been collected and how it's being collected on what's being done with it.
Two have a conclusion about this at the moment however however here again we get into that.
Trust us and how I'm glad to see that the fight is -- court is actually approving these programs and is overseeing them and all I can tell you -- is that there's going to be one heck of a leak investigation.
Into full game of the document describing the prison program.
Which is the Internet gathering monitoring program.
To Glenn Greenwald in the Washington Post because that was a very serious national security -- but now that it's occurred I think we need to know more about those programs because the congressman who -- them.
Are divided about whether or not they are legal and appropriate.
Congressman James Sensenbrenner was on my this morning I'm on fox saying look I wrote from the Patriot Act law but in his view -- abusing the Patriot Act -- -- I got this half.
I really don't see that if he's going to ratifies accord that's I -- the different bush was doing it without the -- -- court Obama's doing with the -- -- court now suddenly.
Republicans are having problems what Obama's doing I don't.
Quite follow that and I think that.
We do need more details I don't I didn't like today and saying you know basically just trust us it's no big deal but -- we need you we need to know that you you take seriously the possibility this could be abused.
-- that I again I come back to the point this is the you do that the IR restaurants is going to be enforcing obamacare.
11 all of you know when all of the points governor finally up and running.
And this is the IRS is spending fifty million dollars on conferences and hiring you know art.
But -- this -- your point about investigating the leak you know.
The problem is that we the only way we learn anything about this administration is through speaks so you know they should not prosecute this -- in my opinion because as information that they should've given to us in the first place.
And if they do you know I am I it's just.
It's outrageous that every time we learn about anything important this government is doing it's because somebody leaked it and then they're gonna prosecute those -- shaking her head wanna hear what she thinks you're gonna have to catch more on the.
On this panel on news watch this weekend hold -- those thoughts you.
We'll cover that coverage of the week's top stories Saturday 2:30 eastern here on Fox News are.
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