A government source has informed ABC News that the government is spying on the phone records of journalists at ABC News, along with the NY Times and Washington Post.
“It’s time for you to get some new cell phones, quick,” the source told us in an in-person conversation.
ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.
Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation.
One former official was asked to sign a document stating he was not a confidential source for New York Times reporter James Risen.
Our reports on the CIA’s secret prisons in Romania and Poland were known to have upset CIA officials.
So, what kind of government spies on journalists in an effort to conceal their own abuses of power? That’s right kids: A neo-fascist government. The CIA leak investigation mentioned above is not Plamegate, but the leak concerning the secret (illegal) CIA prisons abroad. Instead of cleaning house and getting within the law the CIA has decided to harrass the people who exposed their law-breaking. You know you’ve got problems when you have unrepentant criminals at every level within the ruling administration. These people don’t give a fuck about the law. They consider themselves above the law. The law is for peasants, like you and me.
We’ve got some serious problems in this country, and this story is just a taste. We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis and the only acceptable solution is the impeachment of Bush, Cheney and all of their collaborators. There are so many widening scandals it’s hard to know which way investigators will go. One thing is for sure; this administration must be held accountable for its crimes.
Stop harrassing journalists! Stop spying on Americans! Stop waging war in Iraq!
Will they listen? Of course not. That’s why we the people have to take the power back. A government that doesn’t listen to its citizens does not qualify as a democracy. Bush seems to think that after his supposed re-election in ’04 that he doesn’t have to take any shit from anybody. I got news for ya, Bushie: The people are the rulers here. This is America, dammit. We are in charge, not you. We are the government, not you. You are just a custodian, and we don’t appreciate your arrogance or your contempt for the law and the will of the people. Your time in office is nearing an end, far more quickly than you imagine.
To all the real (i.e. “not on the government payroll”) journalists out there: keep up the good work. Don’t let them silence you. Don’t let your own news organizations silence you either. The truth is more frightening than most Americans could possibly imagine at this point, but that very fact is the reason why you must not stop digging and reporting until the truth is revealed. If you’re running into problems getting the story out, make sure you harness the power of blogs. I’ll publish anything you got.