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[Tru Blu Tuesday] The Justice Department’s Press Break

Honestly, I thought we had a few years yet, before we saw freedom of the press be violated like this.

Last week the story broke that the Department of Justice had secretly acquired two months worth of phone records from the Associated Press. The specific reason for what AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion”, is so far unknown. The best educated guess is that it had to do with the Justice Department looking to gain more information into the sources behind a May 7, 2012 AP story on a foiled terror plot. Said terror plot suspected of being in retaliation to the May 2, 2011 killing of Osama Bin Laden. Regardless, the Justice Department’s actions have more than ruffled a few feathers. People have taken notice, and for good cause. For all the gritty details here is Huffington Post’s May 13th article with the story.

The First and Fourth Amendments for your review:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

You know your government is corrupt when they manage to violate two basic Constitutional rights in one take.

Just how bad is it? Well this story, combined with Benghazi-Gate and the IRS scandal which were also uncovered last week, even made CNN host Piers Morgan question the integrity of our government. Yes, the gun loathing, anti-logic, overly emotional Piers Morgan actually said that this invasion by the DOJ was “bordering on tyrannical behavior”. Watch the words come out of his mouth. You might have to watch it a few times to believe it; I certainly did.

As bad as this intrusion may be, I was able to look at the bright side of what may come of this mess. Here are a few thoughts that have crossed my mind after hearing the news:

1) Will the press become more skeptical of government? It is no secret that media has a bias towards government. They generally tend to go hand in hand, having been a wicked one-two punch of misinformation on the public for decades. Perhaps this violation of one over the other will rattle the party a little, causing individual journalists to rethink how they see things.

2) Will the American people be shocked into the harsh reality? An unworthy trust in our government by Americans is one of the reasons we fell this far in the first place. People have an understandably hard time accepting the fact that officials in power have a tendency to abuse that power. Even when cold hard truth is staring them in the face, the will to ignore it often wins because the pill is too hard to swallow. Perhaps this disaster will shake a few more out of apathy?

Ever the eternal optimist, I could just be thinking wishfully. A guy can dream though right? Or are dreams now subject to privacy violations too?

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