Justice Department Begged Judge to Not Tell Fox News Rerporter about Being Hacked

By Todd Beamon

The Justice Department begged a federal judge to not tell Fox News reporter James Rosen that it was tracking his telephone calls and emails in a probe regarding a national security leak.

U.S. Attorney Ron Machen argued in 2010 that the traditional 30-day notice period did not apply to Rosen as Justice secretly monitored his Gmail account, according to new exhibits unsealed this week and disclosed by The Hill.

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“Where, as here, the government seeks such contents through a search warrant, no notice to the subscriber or customer of the e-mail account is statutorily required or necessary,” Machen wrote in a June 2010 motion. “Thus, this court’s indication on the face of the warrant that delayed notice of 30 days to the customer and subscriber was permissible was unnecessary.”

Machen, through another request granted by the court, stopped Google from telling Rosen that Justice was spying on his e-mail account, the Hill reports.

The prosecutor had demanded to see all of Rosen’s emails — including deleted messages, emails in his trash folder and all attachments sent to and from him.

The original warrant in the Rosen case was signed personally by Attorney General Eric Holder, NBC News reported this week.

Meanwhile, Fox News President Roger Ailes on Thursday blasted Justice for targeting journalists as if they were criminals and said the government’s seizure of reporters’ emails and phone records would not stand “the test of law.”

“The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time,” Ailes said. “We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth.”

President Barack Obama on Thursday asked Holder to review Justice’s guidelines on leak investigations and news organizations. Holder promised a report by July 12, the Hill reports.

Reports of the FBI’s tracking of Rosen’s movements, phone, and email conversations with a former State Department contractor — Stephen Jin-Woo Kim — followed the disclosure last week that phone records of editors and reporters at The Associated Press had been secretly seized by Justice in another probe of leaked government information.

But unlike the AP reporters, Rosen was named as a “co-conspirator” by FBI officials in the warrant signed by Holder.

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4 responses to “Justice Department Begged Judge to Not Tell Fox News Rerporter about Being Hacked

  1. George Orwell may very well being a seer into the future. He just may have gotten the year wrong.

  2. Oh wow, monitoring people and logging their personal records. Not only is that wrong but unconstitutional. But then there is the PATRIOT Act.

  3. Where the hell do I begin, let’s have a two pronged approach!
    Prong One! When it comes to “The nation’s security” due to that good old Patriot Act that Obama just loves renewing even though it was a Republican creation, the democrats sure as fuck don’t mind using that immensely unconstituional bill! This just shows the behavior of our country’s officials, self centered ass holes who only care for themselves. What about Prong Two? Great you asked my imaginary friend! Of all the people who seem offended that their personal information was illegally snooped through, I wouldn’t think it would be Fox Fucking News! Talk about pot calling the kettle black, a fox reporter is pissed off his email was searched through, how many emails has that ass hat illegally searched through for a “great scoop”. The government is completely in the wrong, not defending those unconstitutional jerk offs, but doing it to fox, who i’m pretty damn sure do it to people they want information from for a “juicy” eye catching story, is like having a group of leapers judge a pagent!

  4. All I have to say is, “Big Brother” is watching you! I can’t believe I donated my copy of George Orwell’s 1984 to the Goodwill! Since starting this class, I have been able to relate today’s government to Orwell’s foresight. This is a violation of the first amendment ant the fifth amendment, I believe? The right to search and seizure, How can the government invade one’s privacy without a proper warrant? It’s a scary world we’re living in when journalists don’t have the right to do the job they paid money and spent valuable time studying to be able to achieve. This type of occurrence may make one feel like, “What is the point of going to school. if earning my desired degree and doing my dream job will only get me in trouble?” We need to get Obama out! I can’t wait three years for the next election, I want him out!!!!!

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