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US Justice Department Dug Up Reporter's Phone, Bank Records 217

Posted by timothy
from the speak-loudly-into-the-wiretap-please dept.
tripleevenfall writes "A court filing provides new details about the extraordinary measures Justice Department prosecutors are using to identify government leakers. Prosecutors obtained a suspect's telephone, credit and bank records. Lucy Dalglish, of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press said, 'This tells us the Obama administration will do almost anything to figure out who is leaking government information.'"
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US Justice Department Dug Up Reporter's Phone, Bank Records

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  • Re:LOLZ (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 26, 2011 @07:02PM (#35327024)
    Repeal the Patriot act? Hell, on Friday he signed a three-month extension of it. [washingtonpost.com]
  • by gamricstone (1879210) on Saturday February 26, 2011 @07:39PM (#35327236)
    According to Alderman v. US, 394 US 165 (1969)

    1. Suppression of the product of a Fourth Amendment violation can be successfully urged only by those whose rights were violated by the search itself, and not those who are aggrieved solely by the introduction of damaging evidence. Thus, codefendants and coconspirators have no special standing, and cannot prevent the admission against them of information which has been obtained through electronic surveillance which is illegal against another. Pp. 394 U. S. 171-176.

    So evidence obtained through an illegal S&S CAN be used against anyone except for those whom had their rights violated during the search (IE the home/business owners and no one else).
  • Re:Okay, And? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 26, 2011 @11:49PM (#35328542)

    Just like the smear job that was performed against those who wanted to know if this man who was completely unknown prior to suddenly becoming President and spent a great deal of his childhood in Kenya does, in fact, meet the Constitutional requirement of being a natural-born citizen.

    Dude, you are smearing yourself. If you can't tell the difference between Indonesia and Kenya - a country Obama never saw before his 25th birthday - you can't expect anyone to take you seriously.

    It's a group application of a similar strategy to the one that was used on Joe the Plumber, if you remember him. He asked the President some decently tough, decidedly non-scripted questions. Next thing you know, the media starts trying to dig up dirt on him and leaves no stone unturned in an effort to make him look bad

    Gee, as I remember it the GOP adopted him as a postertool and THAT is what caused anyone to give a damn about his background. Funny how he now thinks McCain and Palin used him for their own purposes. [cbsnews.com] Surprised it took him so long to figure it out.

    Just because you see conspiracy doesn't mean there is one, chances are the problem is you just don't have enough information.

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