Obama’s headaches 
originate at the top

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While the Sentinel’s self-righteous indignation at the Justice Department’s secret subpoena of telephone records of selected AP reporters/offices is to be expected, its penchant for distorting the facts to serve a biased editorial agenda is “getting old”.

In June 2012, with Congressional Republicans demanding action (including continued prosecution of leaks occurring during the Bush Administration), the Justice Department began investigating the AP’s revelation that the CIA had successfully infiltrated a mole inside Al Qaida in Yemen – who foiled a plot to blow up an airliner headed for the U.S. by giving the CIA access to the terrorists’ unique explosive device. 

Obviously, the AP’s reporting directly threatened national security—by compromising our ability to thwart “the next attack”.

President Obama had no knowledge of the inquiry’s details because—since Watergate (another Republican abuse) – Presidents are precluded by law from an involvement with ongoing criminal investigations.  Because AG Holder was privy to the highly classified intelligence regarding the mole and the plot, and was consequently interviewed by the FBI, he correctly recused himself from overseeing the continuing investigation.

Precisely because “the subpoena was filed with a federal court”, a federal judge will ultimately determine whether the Justice Department properly complied with both the law and its internal procedures.  Meanwhile, the Sentinel conveniently failed to mention that – during the Bush Administration—Republicans filibustered Democratic efforts to enhance “shield law” protections for the press.

Both “Fast and Furious” and “Benghazi” were/are faux “scandals” fueled by right-wing fanatics who subordinate both the facts and the national interest to partisan political gain.  Likewise, the “IRS scandal” is proving to be an inept effort by civil servants to deal with widespread abuse of nebulous tax exempt status – particularly by “Tea Party” groups falsely claiming to be “exclusively” or “primarily” engaged in “social welfare” activity.

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