May 24, 2013 Leave a comment
Eric Holder approved the subpoena which targeted the phone records of James Rosen of Fox News as well as Rosen’s parents and other Fox News phone numbers. Holder used the 1917 Espionage Act to obtain the subpoena claiming that Rosen was an “unindicted co-conspirator” concerning supposed security leaks. In reality Rosen was just a journalists asking questions of State Department employees and/or White House staffers. No journalist has ever been charged with leaking information under the Espionage Act, in fact since World War One no one has been charged with a crime under the act who hasn’t given information to an enemy power. Perhaps in the Obama administration Fox News is considered an “enemy power.”
Obama is allegedly deeply troubled by all of these attacks on journalists so he’s going to order an investigation. Eric Holder is being ordered to investigate Eric Holder concerning this subpoena he approved of. You can pretty much guess how this investigation will turn out. The bigger question is whether Holder told Obama that he was going to obtain a subpoena and view the phone records of a Fox News journalist. The subpoena was obtained years ago, at a time when the administration was attacking Fox News as not being a news station. It’s a little hard to believe that Holder didn’t mention he was going to be tracking one of their journalists.
Yet this is what we are to believe, that Obama knows nothing. The President is very troubled by all of this and doesn’t want journalists to be threatened with criminal prosecution for doing their job. So far we know of twenty AP reporters who were tracked by Obama’s Justice Department, one Fox News journalist and his parents as well as several phone likes at Fox News. The President acts like he’s shocked to hear this is going on. Yet he’s been President for over four years, he’s already in his second administration. To listen to Obama, you’d think he’s just beginning his first term and is shocked by the lengths his predecessor went to chill first amendment press freedom. The problem is this all happened under his watch.
Obama pulled the same stunt yesterday with his drone speech. He acted like he hasn’t been President for four years and is shocked and appalled at what the last guy did with predator drones. So shocked that he’s creating standards for their use so that never again can drones be abused by a President. Except of course Obama has been President for four years and has used drones to kill suspected terrorists, civilians and at least four Americans over the course of four years. We know he spreads out pictures of terrorists in the Oval Office and points at which ones he wants killed via drone.
Obama isn’t an outsider, he’s a second term President. Yet everything that happens in his administration is news to him, usually shocking news to him. He doesn’t know what’s going on at the IRS but finds it troubling. He has no idea journalists are being targeted at the Justice Department and is upset at the chill the targeting us creating on a free press. He’s deeply disturbed by how he’s using drones to kill terrorists. Benghazi seems to be the only scandal he doesn’t find troubling, that’s just a partisan witch hunt in Obama’s world. That likely means Benghazi is the real scandal because Obama’s hands are likely all over it in a way that would upset the public far more than killing terrorists with drones.
It takes a great leap of faith to believe Obama is so far on the outside that he has no idea what’s going on within his own administration. The President sets the tone for his administration and Obama’s tone has always been negative. Like most leftists, everything in Obama’s world is political and if it’s political there are enemies that have to be destroyed. His White House has behaved in this manner and it’s hardly surprising that it trickled down into the rest of the executive branch. Odds are the White House knew about all of these scandals from the beginning. If Obama wasn’t told, that’s on the President. It’s simply not believable that the President is an outsider in his own administration. Obama hasn’t been an outsider in politics since he beat John McCain. In Obama’s second term, his outsider excuse is getting tiresome.