May 21 2006
I am guessing that the administration is sending a signal to the news media with these comments:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes journalists can be prosecuted for publishing classified information, citing an obligation to national security.
The nation’s top law enforcer also said the government will not hesitate to track telephone calls made by reporters as part of a criminal leak investigation, but officials would not do so routinely and randomly.
“There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility,” Gonzales said, referring to prosecutions. “We have an obligation to enforce those laws. We have an obligation to ensure that our national security is protected.”
Wonder if the media is going to head the warning or jump into jail? My other guess is they are not bright enough to see the warning signs. There is a way out of this – but it requires assisting the government in stopping the leaks of national security details to our enemies through our press. The test is simple: are you part of the problem or part of the solution? In this case ‘the problem’ is also criminal. This final statement should be paid attention to:
He also denied that authorities would randomly check journalists’ records on domestic-to-domestic phone calls in an effort to find journalists’ confidential sources.
“We don’t engage in domestic-to-domestic surveillance without a court order,” Gonzales said, under a “probable cause” legal standard.
Get a clue media. There is a very high probability that the investigators have warrants in hand. Leaking secrets is very serious, and few judges will find a grey area to resist full investigation and prosecution. Fitzgerald set the bar so darn low in his investigation the media is now completely exposed.