Gov’t Obtains Phone Records of 100 Associated Press Reporters

In the newest overreach perpetrated by the Obama administration, the Associated Press has discovered that some 100 of its Washington-based reporters have had their phone records–both personal and business–secretly obtained by Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

The AP reports that the phone records were subpoenaed as a result of a DOJ investigation into who inside the government leaked information of a CIA operation that ended up in an AP story from May 7, 2012. But the AP says the requests for phone records went far, far beyond the scope of that investigation.

The records of upwards to 100 reporters covered a two-month period in 2012 and consisted of the main AP office number as well as the shared AP lines in its Washington offices. The government also obtained records for the personal phone lines of several reporters as well as their AP assigned phones.

In a letter of protest, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said that the probe could not be justified.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.

Pruitt demanded the phone records in the hands of the DOJ be destroyed.

In past instances like this news organizations have been told by the DOJ that phone records are being obtained. In this case, however, the AP was not informed of the actions. Holder’s office claimed that it shouldn’t have to let the AP know of its efforts because knowledge of the investigation might “pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation.”

Only a week ago President Obama warned students at Ohio State University to “reject” those voices that warn against the growth of intrusive, big government.

“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices,” Obama said during the graduation ceremony.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

Related Articles


La Amistad: How the AP Commonly Muffs American History

The Associated Press has a famous book on grammar and style that its news writers use to govern their work,


ISIS Boasts: We Will Cut Off Obama’s Head and Turn the US Into a Caliphate [Video]

Promises, promises. ISIS may attack us on our own turf, but if they do, they will rue that day. All


Obama’s Veterans Administration Prevent School Kid’s Christmas Cards to Troops

Obama’s Veteran’s Administration has prevented delivery of hand-made Christmas cards that were to go to wounded veterans because the cards


Share This

Share this post with your friends!