Phone Records of Journalists Seized by U.S.

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  1. air2004
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/u...he-associated-press-seized-by-us.html?hp&_r=0

    While congress is busy unlocking your phone, I hope this isn't what they mean.

    Federal investigators secretly seized two months of phone records for reporters and editors of The Associated Press in what the news organization said Monday was a “serious interference with A.P.’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.” The A.P. said that the Justice Department informed it on Friday that law enforcement officials had obtained the records for more than 20 telephone lines of its offices and journalists, including their home phones and cellphones. It said the records were seized without notice sometime this year.
     
  2. the_randomizer

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    Hooray for douchebag government officials! Yay for compromised freedoms and violated rights! Land of the free, home of the brave! We're the most perfect country in the world, how can the government POSSIBLY be this corrupt? Surely, this cannot be the case!

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
  3. Veho

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    Since the phrase "get his/her phone records" pops up twice per episode of any crime show I've ever watched, I didn't know phone records were protected and the acquiring of same was such a big deal (as opposed to, say, wiretapping and similar).
     
  4. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer

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    Not a violation of rights at all!
     
  5. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

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    Is it illegal?
     
  6. war2thegrave

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    It is not.
    Phone records are the property of the corporation providing the service.
    The phone company can choose to take legal action to deny the government access to those records,
    but for the most part, the companies willingly give those up unless there is a compelling financial reward
    for selling those records to a third party like facebook and google do.
     
  7. GreatZimkogway

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    Pretty sure you are grossly incorrect. Privacy issues and such, I'm pretty sure this has been ruled either illegal or inconstitutional at some point.
     
  8. Veho

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    http://www.alternet.org/8-ways-police-can-spy-you-without-warrant
     
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    Sensationalism, ho!
     
  10. the_randomizer

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    Doesn't make it any less of a dick thing to do. Legal or not, doesn't make it morally right. If they can do that, I can tell them to sod off.