AG Eric Holder signed off on Fox News’ James Rosen warrant

Attorney General Eric Holder himself authorized the government’s snooping on Fox News reporter James Rosen in the spring of 2010, according to a news report by Michael Isikoff, National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News.

The DOJ got a judge to issue a warrant against Fox News investigative reporter James Rosen, which allowed them snoop into Rosen’s personal e-mails, along with an array of phone records following a report Rosen wrote online for Fox News about a US intelligence assessment of North Korea.

The warrant accused Rosen of being a “possible co-conspirator” in violation of the Espionage Act. The Obama Administration also fought to keep the search warrant secret, arguing to the federal judge that the government might need to monitor the account for a lengthy period of time.

Excerpts from The New Yorker:

Ronald C. Machen, Jr., the U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a former State Department adviser who allegedly leaked classified information to Rosen, insisted that the reporter should not be notified of the search and seizure of his e-mails, even after a lengthy delay.

Machen insisted the investigation would be compromised if Rosen was informed of the warrant, and also asked the court to order Google not to notify Rosen that the company had handed over Rosen’s e-mails to the government. Rosen, according to recent reports, did not learn that the government seized his e-mail records until it was reported in the Washington Post last week.

The Rosen scandal came only one day after President Obama addressed the AP subpoenas in a major speech on counter-terrorism policy, saying “I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable,” Obama said. “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.”

The president doesn’t give a damn about journalist’s First Amendment rights. He simply doesn’t want whistleblowers in his bureaucratic administration and these subpoenas and warrants on both sides are meant to intimidate people in his administration not to talk with the media. Well, so much for the most transparent administration in history.

In his speech Thursday, Obama reiterated his determination to pursue leak investigations. “We must enforce consequences for those who break the law and breach their commitment to protect classified information,” he said. But, he said, “Our focus must be on those who break the law,” not journalists. He said he was calling on Congress to pass a media shield law and had raised the issue with Holder.


“I have raised these issues with the attorney general, who “shares” my concern. So he has agreed to review existing Department of Justice guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters and will convene a group of media organizations to hear their concerns as part of that review,” Obama said.

So, the president has tasked Holder to investigate the guidelines, which Holder himself has violated. You can’t make this stuff up. This is our government under Obama’s watch, folks!