ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS announced a dramatic escalation in the U.S. government’s crackdown on leaks on Friday, threatening to subpoena news organizations for information about their sources even more frequently than the Obama administration.
Sessions described the Trump administration’s plans at a press conference just a day after the Washington Post published embarrassing transcripts of phone calls between Donald Trump and two foreign leaders, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Sessions said that the Justice Department was reviewing Obama-era policies that set limits on its ability to subpoena journalists.
“We respect the important role that the press plays, and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited,” said Sessions. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance the press’s role with protecting our national security, and the lives of those that serve in the intelligence community, the armed forces, and all law-abiding Americans.”
“The Department of Justice is explicitly threatening to haul journalists before grand juries and force them to testify about their confidential sources or face jail time,” said Peter Sterne, a senior reporter at the Freedom of the Press Foundation. “Sessions’s comments seem intended to have a chilling effect on journalism, by making reporters and their sources think twice before publishing information that the government does not like.”
So much for whistle-blower protections, you must submit to authority or face prison?
Just because rich boy got embarrassed he sends in his ‘hatchet man’ of choice as he has used him to fire Comey and Preet, now attacking the First Amendment with force.
Folks that is Fascism and we are smack dab in the middle of it right now with certified lunatics at the helm.
We could use that God in which we are supposed to trust right about now, we fucked it up, maybe he can fix it.