Evidence of a pattern in this administration seems to be emerging, a pattern consistent with the way politics is practiced in a certain large Midwestern city where a certain successful Democratic politician cut his political teeth. And what we are learning makes it increasingly unlikely that low-level flunkeys were responsible for the IRS singling out conservative groups for special scrutiny.
It’s not just conservative groups. The AP reports that it took has been a target:
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of the calls.
In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.
(Okay, okay, I too thought the AP was more of an Obama ally than an enemy. Hey, but when you’re drawing up lists. . . ”
UPDATE: Why would the federal government want to know the names of all the volunteers working for an individuals donating to a local Tea Party in a swing state? And to whom is it leaking the confidential information about conservative organizations? Isn’t releasing such information a criminal offense?