Good Question: Why Is Eric Holder In Charge Of Investigation Of Eric Holder Spying On Journalists?

from the doesn't-make-much-sense dept

We noted earlier that President Obama has expressed concern about the chilling effects his own administration has caused on investigative reporting by aggressively spying on journalists reporting on government actions, even to the point of accusing some of being co-conspirators and/or using the Espionage Act against whistleblowers and reporters. That seemed weird enough already, but one point that was even stranger deserves to be called out separately. In asking for a review of the administration’s policy, Obama has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to run that review. And that’s ridiculous. It’s asking Eric Holder to review his own surveillance of journalists. We’re not even talking conflict of interest at this point, we’re just talking ridiculous. He needs to do a review to determine if his own actions are problematic? How’s that likely to turn out?

It would seem putting Eric Holder in charge of these investigations is like putting a shoplifter in charge of inventory.

While both Obama and Holder have talked about press freedom, they both have defended the Justice Department’s actions and have not even mildly second-guessed the broad AP subpoenas or the “co-conspirator” label.

The only action they’ve taken so far is to push for a renewed debate on a federal shield bill that would supposedly protect the media’s sources in scandals like these. Of course, the Justice Department already have the power to not subpoena reporters, they apparently just can’t help themselves. As  Ted Boutrous pointed out, their call for a shield bill is akin to saying “stop us before we kill again.”

How can there not be someone independent in charge of exploring this issue?

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That One Guy (profile) says:

Well how else are they supposed to get the ‘Everything is fine, nothing to worry about’ answer they already decided on?

Get an independent, unbiased agency investigating and they might actually have to work a bit, polish up those lies and do a little stonewalling, whereas if they do it in-house they can just have a hearty laugh before getting back to the business of ignoring the laws they are supposed to be enforcing.

Anonymous Coward says:

My understanding is Holder claimed he had nothing to do with that as he was involved with the IRS thing or something else at the time.

The buck still stops with him. If his department did soemthing wrong, it’s still his fault.

What would be proper would be for Obama to call for Holder to have a proper review/investigation of what is going on. Still that would have to involve an unbiased 3rd party do the investigation.

Chances of that happening? My magic 8-ball says: “Outlook not good”.

Spaceman Spiff (profile) says:

Don't trust politicians!

I stopped trusting Obama (even though I voted for him – the alternative was just unconscionable) when he backtracked on his opposition to FISA as Senator. That’s when I knew he was as corrupt as the rest of that kettle of stinking fish! FWIW, I think Holder is just doing what his masters command… šŸ™

Nastybutler77 (profile) says:

Re: Don't trust politicians!

I stopped trusting Obama (even though I voted for him – the alternative was just unconscionable)

You do realize there are more than two choices on any ballot, don’t you? You can even write in a candidate of your choice. Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil, as Jerry Garcia used to say, so you, and everyone who voted this guy into office, are partially responsible for what is happening. Until people wake up and stop voting only Dem/Rep this cycle of abuse of power will never end.


art guerrilla (profile) says:

Re: Re: Don't trust politicians!

  1. thank you, you’ll be ignored: if it ain’t tweedle-dee or tweedle-dum, the sheeple just don’t wanna hear about it…

    (been voting non-rethugs/dem’rats for last 3 pres elections, a pox upon both their houses…)

  2. i gotta know: nastybutler1 – nastybutler76 were already taken ? ? ?
    hee hee hee

    art guerrilla
    aka ann archy

artp (profile) says:

Re: Re: Don't trust politicians!

I agree completely.

There is the infamous claim that voting for anything but the two major parties is “wasting your vote”.

So to those who follow this advice, how are you feeling about the value of your vote now? Perhaps voting for those minor (!) parties isn’t wasted after all. I mean, if we got this out of not “wasting our votes”, then how much worse can it get?

The system is only broken because we don’t want to put the time into investigating candidates’ positions, and because we keep voting for those who are buying their seats. Perhaps it’s time to quit voting for those with big campaign chests.

It’s up to us to make it work, and it begins with our research of who to vote for based on the positions that they stand for, AND the integrity of the candidate. Political integrity. Find me a person that you can’t dig up some dirt on, and I’ll find you a stolen identity.

pjcamp says:

But what do you do when you agree?

This is exactly what I would expect Obama to do if he actually agreed with what Holder did. Why would you take a risk someone would question it? And I think that’s really the subtext here — Holder didn’t go off the reservation. He did exactly what his boss told him to do. People, for some reason, think a lot more highly of Obama on these sorts of security state issues than is really warranted by his behavior.

Anonymous Coward says:

It would seem putting Eric Holder in charge of these investigations is like putting a shoplifter in charge of inventory.

It would seem putting Eric Holder in charge of these investigations is like putting Mike Masnick in charge of intellectual property enforcement.

Much stronger analogy in my opinion.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

What a load of crap.

Putting Mike Masnick in charge of Intellectual Property Enforcement would lead to a lot of changes being made to what is enforced. You and your ilk would be up on charges for DMCA abuse and copyfraud so fast that it would make your head spin .

Putting Eric Holder in charge of the investigation will lead to no changes at all.

Anonymous Coward says:


After a careful and thorough review, we have found Eric Holder to be completely innocent of all charges and accusations.
We also found that he is intelligent and attractive, has excellent taste in clothing, and is a consummate lover.

In closing, we recommend that Eric “Paragon of Awesome” Holder be given the Employee of the Month award, like he SHOULD have gotten last month except that snake Barbara spread COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED LIES about him having an affair. We were just friends, you stupid cow! FRIENDS! Not that you’d know what friends are, since you’re too busy gossiping about people behind their backs to make any!

Anonymous Coward says:

House Judiciary investigating whether Holder lied under oath

?In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material — this is not something I?ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy,? Holder said during the hearing.

However, NBC News reported last week that Holder personally approved a search warrant that labeled Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen a co-conspirator in a national security leaks case.


Internet Zen Master (profile) says:

Re: House Judiciary investigating whether Holder lied under oath

And any American who was paying even a little attention to the shit that the DOJ’s been pulling under Obama (continuing Fast and Furious, spying on journalists, playing Hollywood’s rent-a-cop with the Megaupload fiasco/illegal seizure of Dotcom’s servers, etc.) is going: “Wait, they’re investigating this idiot now? He should’ve been kicked out a long time ago!”

Anonymous Coward says:


Where is the total Outrage from the “media”?

Mark Halperin: ‘The Media Is Very Susceptible to Doing What the Obama Campaign Wants’

Lap Dogs do not make good Watch Dogs…

Jay Carney claims “Obama can?t just call up Eric Holder to find out what?s going on with the subpoena of the AP?s phone records because it will show up on Fox News”

Translation: Thank you Media “Lackey” Lap Dogs for not doing your jobs as investigative reporters, we sure would have egg on our face if you weren’t our Bitches…

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