Lawmakers jump on DOJ for AP spying
Following news Monday that the government's vast surveillance dragnet also included the phone records of Associated Press journalists, Capitol Hill lawmakers -- largely unperturbed by First and Fourth Amendment abrogations when Muslims and activists have been targeted recent years -- are slamming the DOJ in defense of the Fourth Estate.
To be fair, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has built a reputation for defending privacy rights, especially online. He said in a statement, “The burden is always on the government when they go after private information -- especially information regarding the press or its confidential sources. I want to know more about this case, but on the face of it, I am concerned that the government may not have met that burden,”Fox News pointed outthat a number of Republicans also expressed concern, swift to make political meat out of an undeniable scandal: