The “Why” Behind The AP Scandal…

Obama rose garden holderMany people have been wondering exactly what was the reason the Eric Holder DOJ used their power to peer into the Associated Press.    Some water-carrying progressives have been claiming the “danger” to national security was so great, the overreaching self-approved subpoena to track 20 phone lines of 100+ reporters was excusable.

Not.Even.Close.  As it turns out, the issue was one of the DOJ retaliating against the AP over the AP decision to ignore a White House request to withhold information for 24 hours just to benefit their ongoing narrative.

AP’s story about the foiled plot was at odds with the calming message the White House had been conveying on the eve of the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.  (link)

As the Washington Post outlines;  The DOJ tracking was retaliation for the AP not holding their story for an additional DAY:

WASHINGTON DC – For five days, reporters at the Associated Press had been sitting on a big scoop about a foiled al-Qaeda plot at the request of CIA officials. Then, in a hastily scheduled Monday morning meeting, the journalists were asked by agency officials to hold off on publishing the story for just one more day.

The CIA officials, who had initially cited national security concerns in an attempt to delay publication, no longer had those worries, according to individuals familiar with the exchange. Instead, the Obama administration was planning to announce the successful counterterrorism operation that Tuesday.

AP balked and proceeded to publish that Monday afternoon. Its May 2012 report is now at the center of a controversial and broad seizure of phone records of AP reporters’ home, office and cellphone lines. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the unauthorized disclosure about an intelligence operation to stop al-Qaeda from detonating explosives aboard a U.S. airliner was among the most serious leaks he could remember, and justified secretly obtaining records from a handful of reporters and editors over a span of two months.

Now, some members of Congress and media advocates are questioning why the administration viewed the leak that led to the May 7 AP story as so grave.

The president’s top counterterrorism adviser at the time, John O. Brennan, had appeared on “Good Morning America” the following day to trumpet the successful operation. He said that because of the work of U.S. intelligence, the plot did not pose an active threat to the American public.

Holder said this week that the unauthorized disclosure “put the American people at risk.”

The White House and CIA declined to comment for this article. But former White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor, recalling the discussion in the administration last year, said officials were simply realistic in their response to AP’s story. They knew that if it were published, the White House would have to address it with an official, detailed statement.

“There was not some press conference planned to take credit for this,” Vietor said in an interview. “There was certainly an understanding [that] we’d have to mitigate and triage this and offer context for other reporters.”

AP’s story about the foiled plot was at odds with the calming message the White House had been conveying on the eve of the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. On April 30, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement saying that there was “no indication of any specific, credible threats or plots against the US tied to the one-year anniversary of Bin Laden’s death.”  (read more)

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But then again, according to Eric Holder’s logic, he was unaware the decision to go after the AP even took place.   Somehow he recused himself, but never told anyone, nor told the White House, and only held the recusal in his own mind……..  or something.

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22 Responses to The “Why” Behind The AP Scandal…

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    I read and reread this article. My thought on it is “What in the world were they thinking?” It looks like we have a bunch of immature teenagers, drunk with power, who think they control everything, and have a right to. They appear to be so shocked that anyone would question them. I really hope this is just the beginning of Obama’s administration unraveling. He is going to have to toss some people to the wolves, and I think those people will start talking. I sure hope so.

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    • sundance says:

      It just points itself back to what thousands have been saying for years. The Alinsky actions of this administration are all about ideology – they ATTACK those who do not conform to their beliefs – they only accept people who align with them.

      The White House is essentially like a “High School Clique”. Brazenly immature.

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  2. CWO4(Retired) says:

    Point of clarification: that “main number” at the AP switchboard has in fact many “unlisted numbers” that, when the main number is busy, it automatically ” roll over” to another preassigned number. Let’s say the AP main number has 20 ” roll over” numbers assigned to it, they are in fact getting 21 different numbers. Same holds true for outbound calls. Bottom line, no way to only target specific people via a specific number. The printout from the telco must have been massive.

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    • taqiyyologist says:

      And “massive” means jack to the folks who have supercomputers at their disposal.

      Petabytes of voice data to analyze? A couple of days, tops.

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      • CWO4(Retired) says:

        Point of clarification: VZ and all other telco’s don’t record/store actual conversations, only the actual telephone numbers involved. That said, there are companies out there that, for as little as 29.95, will allow one to call a number, have ANY number they want show up in the caller ID and change your voice? They do record the entire conversation.

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    • stella says:

      They probably provided an electronic record of the calls – numbers to and from, location, length of call, date and time, etc. Once you have a flat data file, you can do anything with it you want. I do reports from such a file every month. It’s easy.

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  3. bullnuke says:

    i am not going to put any faith in any idea that Obama will get burned with these scandals. Ain’t going to happen. Hopefully it will open peoples eyes as to what liberals are made of. He just so happens to be the liberal in charge at the moment.

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  4. mcfyre2012 says:

    “Barry the Petulant” rules the “United States of Absurdity.”

    At least I have the comfort of knowing I didn’t vote for the idiot.

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  5. taqiyyologist says:

    Angering the AP was not a good idea for this administration.

    Look for a resurgence of actual investigative reporting on their former God.

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  6. taqiyyologist says:

    In related news, Leftist Google and Government NASA have just teamed up to make a new Supercomputer A.I.

    JOY!

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/16/google-nasa-quantum-computing/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget

    I’m sure it will be used for benevolent purposes, and not for more efficient ways of implementing The Great Leap Forward 2: American Mao X10 Edition. Quite sure. It can’t happen here!

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  7. czarowniczy says:

    I think that a good part of the POtuS’s problem is that he avoided hiring a lot of Beltway insiders to do his ash-and-trash work. Administrations hire them at all levels as they know the written and, more importantly, unwritten laws of DC etiquette. He’s hired a load of loyal little weasels whose commitment to the leftover and rechromed 60s Ameri-Maoist agenda exceeds their ability to understand just how the system works in DC. It’s nice that they have such exuberance and dedication but without commonsense and the ability to work with the system that’s evolved his minions are screwing up and deep-sixing his plans to become the American Jomo Kenyata (who wasn’t born in Hawaii either).

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  8. He has got trouble that is for sure. Now we wait and see how much trouble. I think the IRS scandal has some long legs and the other two have legs as well if only that the AP nonsense scares the press a bit and cools their fervent love of him a bit. The Bengazi nonsense makes the president look like a sissy little girl that had to get her milk and cookies by bedtime cause it was a school night.

    Now I don’t think we will get an impeachment (not that he does not deserve it, but boo-hoo Boehner is just as much of a little girl as the president is), but if we are lucky it might lame duck him a bit earlier than hoped for.

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  9. dizzymissl says:

    Here is Pravda’s take on it

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=184261893

    We need to get to the bottom of this because OMG if Wapo is right.

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  10. ytz4mee says:

    Translating Prog-speak: “National Security Crisis” means “embarrassing this Administration”.
    The AP should know that only the WH is allowed to create a national security crisis and put actual American lives in danger for their own personal political gain. Hello, Seal team six. Hello, Extortion 17.

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    • CWO4(Retired) says:

      ….and since Holder determined it was a ” National Security Issue” he then left out notifying the CIA, FBI, National Security Council, AND the President? And for good measure told his staff not to keep him in the loop because he was himself a possible “leaker”. Is it just me or does that seem a little far fetched?

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        LOL I think him secretely recusing himself lets us know it was really, really a dangerous situation. So dangerous he couldn’t even tell anybody about it. I mean since he couldn’t even tell himself about it. Har, har

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      • ytz4mee says:

        I was going to mention that, but you know ….
        dat be rayciss.

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