With thanks to Drudge for the link, there’s a sinister report out today, published by The Committee to Protect Journalists (what an odd name to choose for a committee in what was supposed to be a Republic with a free press). Leonard Downie, Jr., a former executive editor at the Washington Post, and a surviving remnant of the Watergate investigation years, wrote the analysis. His piece is titled The Obama Administration and The Press.
It is discussed today at some length in the UK Guardian and, rather more politely by the Associated Press. I suggest you read both accounts to get the flavor for which version is more straighforward about what’s really going on in the Obama Administration. Either way, it’s not a pretty picture.
With the bold highlighting mine, Downie’s 30 page essay begins thusly:
In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press. Those suspected of discussing with reporters anything that the government has classified as secret are subject to investigation, including lie-detector tests and scrutiny of their telephone and e-mail records. An “Insider Threat Program” being implemented in every government department requires all federal employees to help prevent unauthorized disclosures of information by monitoring the behavior of their colleagues.
Six government employees, plus two contractors including Edward Snowden, have been subjects of felony criminal prosecutions since 2009 under the 1917 Espionage Act, accused of leaking classified information to the press—compared with a total of three such prosecutions in all previous U.S. administrations. Still more criminal investigations into leaks are under way. Reporters’ phone logs and e-mails were secretly subpoenaed and seized by the Justice Department in two of the investigations, and a Fox News reporter was accused in an affidavit for one of those subpoenas of being “an aider, abettor and/or conspirator” of an indicted leak defendant, exposing him to possible prosecution for doing his job as a journalist. In another leak case, a New York Times reporter has been ordered to testify against a defendant or go to jail…
…“I think we have a real problem,” said New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane. “Most people are deterred by those leaks prosecutions. They’re scared to death. There’s a gray zone between classified and unclassified information, and most sources were in that gray zone. Sources are now afraid to enter that gray zone. It’s having a deterrent effect. If we consider aggressive press coverage of government activities being at the core of American democracy, this tips the balance heavily in favor of the government.”…
Now, here’s the thing. Where is the enemy who will profit from anything that’s been leaked thusfar about how the U.S. Government, and more specifically the Obama Administration, is doing business, both with the world and with its own citizenry?
The Forces of Islam? No. Islam is religion of peace, we’ve repeatedly been assured, and intends us no harm. Nothing to fear there.
Al Quaida? Not any more. Al Quaida is now our friend and ally. Remember? Obama is providing arms and training to the al Quaida jihadis in Libya, Egypt, Syria and who knows where else? They’re freedom fighters, rebels, insurgents, who want Jeffersonian liberties for all. Or so the Obama Administration would have us believe.
One thing is for sure. As this fear grows and paralyzes the American Press Corps, the same Press Corps which for years fawned over, prostrated itself before, and diligently protected Barack Obama from any scrutiny of anything he’s ever said, done, or covered up, the chances of finding out what really happened in the White House Situation Room during those terrible nine hours in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 will become more and more remote.
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