Virtually Entire US Media Boycotts "Off The Record" Meeting With Eric Holder

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The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Huffington Post, CNN and now, of course, Fox News: these are the media organizations, superficially from across the political spectrum, which have said they will boycott a meeting with the DOJ's embattled head, Eric Holder, on the topic of the DOJ's (not to mention the NSA's) Nixonian abuse of the first amendment and eavesdropping wherever and whenever it so chooses. The twist: the meeting is, paradoxically, supposed to be "off the record." One wonders: was this the DOJ's idea of being open and transparent - to hold a closed door meeting with the same media that it, allegedly, has been spying on, and thus put the media whose job is to report events - as in keeping the public informed - in a place where it can't do precisely that? It is as if the Marx Brothers are writing the tragicomic script for a sequence of events that inevitably ends with Holder's resignation and Obama's washing his hands of the whole affair.

From The Hill:

Fox is just the latest media organization to say it will boycott the meeting if it is off the record. Holder asked for the meetings in an attempt to ensure the press corps that its investigations of national security leaks are conducted in a way that respects the First Amendment.

 

The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Huffington Post and CNN have issued separate statements saying they will not attend because the DOJ is requiring the content of the meetings stay confidential.

 

Fox is at the center of the controversy surrounding the Justice Department’s investigation of national security leaks.

 

The DOJ seized the personal emails of Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen and used other surveillance methods to investigate whether he was complicit in a leak of classified information.

 

It also examined his phone records and tracked his visits to the State Department using security-badge data during the 2009 probe; the DOJ also filed legal papers saying he may have acted as “an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” by getting materials from a government official also under investigation.

 

The House Judiciary Committee is now investigating whether Holder lied under oath during his May 15 testimony before the panel, in which he said he’s never been involved with or heard about a reporter being prosecuted for the disclosure of confidential material.

 

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren joked on her blog Thursday that if Fox was going to be the only media outlet attending the off-the-record meeting, they should send Rosen to meet with Holder.

It's good to know that as what little remaining constitional rights are stripped away by a government hell bent on converting the country to a "turnkey totalitarian state" (not our words, those of the NSA whistleblower who exposed that there is no privacy in the US anymore) and for whom the rule of law simply does not apply, is a laughing matter to someone.

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Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:03 | 3611001 ekm
Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:14 | 3611019 nope-1004
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The Onion hasn't boycotted yet.... s'all good!

 

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:19 | 3611059 freewolf7
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Finally. Maybe the press is growing a pair, doing their J.O.B..

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:24 | 3611073 duo
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Historians now believe that 10-30% of FDR's diplomatic staff, aides, and even cabinet may have been double agents during WWII.  Somehow, our president has managed not to have any subversives in his administration of how many thousand?  If a million people have security clearances and 0.1% are spies, that's still 1000 spies.

Just because someone is working for the Feds doesn't mean they have our best interests in mind.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:28 | 3611104 F. Bastiat
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Stuart Chase is perhaps the most infamous. In fact, Chase provided the blueprint for today's progressives:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Chase#Political_System_.27X.27

 

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:40 | 3611143 SilverIsKing
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This is all going according to the script.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:13 | 3611233 DeadFred
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A couple weeks ago Holder said he can't remember exactly how many times he's signed off on seizing reporters' records in leak investigations. 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/15/184138253/holder-isnt-sure-how-often-reporters-records-are-seized

'Never' isn't hard to remember. Once or twice are also not so tough. How many times do you have to do something before things start to fuzz on the details. I guess not many if you're part of the Obama regime.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 18:21 | 3611763 Son of Loki
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"It's Fuzzy."

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:38 | 3611309 Meat Hammer
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Meanwhile in Benghazi...

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:55 | 3611184 NotApplicable
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FDR himself was a friggin double agent! Without him, "Uncle Joe" would've had a few million less people to subject to Communism.

Thanks Wall St. Thanks a lot.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:18 | 3611244 Opinionated Ass
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Speaking of Uncle Joe Stalin, his erstwhile pal Adolf here seems to think Holder screwed up with the Boston Bombing Hoax. Maybe that briefing will be off-the-record too.

http://youtu.be/jru8SFsmZNQ

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 17:36 | 3611638 Kirk2NCC1701
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Speaking of the 'BB Hoax'... I knew immediately something was 'fishy' when I heard the newsman say that the other suspect was shot dead by an FBI agent, "because he made some martial arts move".  I smelled "execution".

Well, here it is: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/30/ibragim-todashev-fb...

/ I particularly like the defensive shot to the 'back of the head' . /s

And didn't a couple of FBI agents on the case die in a helicopter accident?  All genuine, no doubt.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:42 | 3611320 Rustysilver
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NotApplicable,

Sir Winston Churchill was also of great help with that.

Check FDR and Churchill work in WW I.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:20 | 3611426 americanspirit
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Hi Rusty Silver - also check Prescott Bush and while you're at it check John Foster Dulles and his son Allen. Not just Nazi sympathizers - Nazi enablers. Of course a huge proportion of the American upper classes were also in that camp - these were just some of the more spectacular traitorous bastards.

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 08:03 | 3612983 Kobe Beef
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Hi American Spirit,

According to Greg Hallet, Hitler trained at Tavistock, February-November 1912, and died in Spain, 1947, of a heart attack. Naturally, there is little documentation of this, but some circumstantial evidence. Of course, Abwehr Chief of Military Intelligence, Wilhelm Canaris' role as an MI6 agent has been revealed.

As for the documented, there's the Bush and Dulles connection at Harriman, and Jacob Schiff & the Warburg brothers backing the Bolsheviks. Funny, Schiff and Paul Warburg were also among the participants at Jekyll Island.

Fucking Illuminati. How much mass murder?

When will the true history of World Wars I and II be revealed?

 

 

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:54 | 3611357 aerojet
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Just having a clearance does not give you access to all information classified at that level.  It is compartmentalized and you have to have a need to know. 

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 19:05 | 3611893 Jugdish
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Don't they have cosmic clearances and then something beyond that as well? Any dis/mis-info spooks trolling care to expound?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:36 | 3611464 Totentänzerlied
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It means the exact opposite, government-loving troll.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:27 | 3611097 A Lunatic
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The press are a bunch of hypocritical, Socialist scumbags that Boycott the truth more often than not, as they don't seem to give a shit about the government fucking us over.......

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:34 | 3611121 SheepDog-One
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Yep, the ONLY time the media got their feathers in a bit of a ruffle here is when they realized the guys who they suck up to and cover up all they do were also screwing THEM over personally....but it was all good when they thought WE were only getting screwed over.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:37 | 3611302 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Yep, I got a recent email which showed the following relationships:

White House Spokesman --> wife works for ABC

Hillary Clinton's dep. secretary Tom Nides ---> wife Virginia Moseley pres of CNN

Obama official Ben Rhodes --> brother David Rhodes is pres of CBS

Obama special advisor Elizabeth Sherwood --> brother Ben Sherwood ABC president

 

I'm sure there's even more...

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:22 | 3611429 americanspirit
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SWD - Alan Greenspan - wife is big-time White House correspondant Andrea Mitchell.

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 08:04 | 3612985 Kobe Beef
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"oh, what a web we weave..."

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:31 | 3611113 SheepDog-One
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Unfortunately, far too late though. This is like finally realizing you need a life jacket and spot in a boat when youre clinging to the end rail of the Titanic.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:48 | 3611168 Go Tribe
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Tyer, aren't you a "media", so are you going or not?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:10 | 3611027 Upswaller
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Leading with Transparent Tyranny.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:19 | 3611062 gatorengineer
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Leading, hell he has won......

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:07 | 3611009 Dr. Engali
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Stupid fucking Brits. You should never have given up your guns in the first place....Dumbasses:

 

Britain Wants it's Guns Back:

 

http://www.thecommentator.com/article/3644/britain_wants_its_guns_back

 

 

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:24 | 3611033 ZerOhead
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Jesus Mary and Joseph... THAT'S A MUST READ!!!

WTF has gotten into the Brits lately? MSM broadcasting too much news of political and banking sector malfeasance combined with the regular diet of riots and arson perhaps?

They must be beginning to feel much more uncomfortable these days knowing that the Huns are surrounding them on every front...

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:57 | 3611188 Temporalist
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Good post Dr. E.

 

Here is a quote from the article with the poll:

"But statistics from the United States show that guns are used by citizens to defend themselves around eighty times more often than they are used to take a life. A recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy concluded that there is a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in countries internationally, that is, “where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense violent crime rates are highest.""

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 08:06 | 3612987 Kobe Beef
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Citizen-held Small Arms fuck up the implementation of the NWO. Sounds like the Brits have woken up just in time.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:34 | 3611290 wee-weed up
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Yes, that Commentator article is a MUST READ! Thanks Dr E.

In fact, I'd like to see the Tylers devote an entire thread to that article...

It's that important!

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:15 | 3611050 yogibear
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The brits have become feminized.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:27 | 3611101 F. Bastiat
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Socialism is like an ideological AIDS virus.  The Brits were infected right after WWII and are progressively committing cultural suicide.

If a nation wishes to survive, it must unequivocally reject the ideolgoical AIDS virus of socialism.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:08 | 3611219 denverdolomte
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I like that "Socialism is like an ideological AIDs virus" When the one that feeds on the source grows larger than the one producing there can be only a single outcome. 

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:45 | 3611488 Totentänzerlied
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Fabianism was already 70 years old when WW2 ended. Get your facts straight.

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 08:08 | 3612998 Kobe Beef
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Good point. And the Fabians form a direct link to the RIIA & CFR. 

KTA-BID.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:20 | 3611068 NoDebt
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Kinda like Cyprus, but regarding guns.  Good read.

"Um, can we get a do-over on that whole bank bail-in thing?  No?"

"Um, can we gat a do-over on that whole giving up our guns thing?  No?"

YOU WILL NEVER GET A DO-OVER ON ISSUES LIKE THESE.  ONCE THEY'RE GONE, THEY'RE GONE AND THEY AIN'T COMIN' BACK.  So think long and hard before you give up stuff like this, even if it is "for the sake of the kids."

The man who trades liberty for safety deserves neither.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:37 | 3611296 Tsunami Wave
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Tell that to the precious, delicate, diva liberals and neo-conservatives, and see their egos and see their tempers at once explode. Those indoctrinated people don't think in logical terms like we do, nor understand that serious point you just made. They'll be the very first Americans to call for the NWO, the bigger bank to replace the Fed/ECB/BoE/etc, for a new constitution to be established or for our country to pledge ourselves to a foreign super-constitution, etc.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:59 | 3611373 aerojet
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Canada repealed its onerous firearms registry.  Just sayin'.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:26 | 3611093 F. Bastiat
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Lesson learned.

There will be no surrender of firearms in America. Period.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:27 | 3611099 krispkritter
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Wonder what the Aussie poll would look like? (besides being upside-down)

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:31 | 3611111 Colonel Klink
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So sorry, better luck next time.  Best they have is torches and pitchforks.  But don't worry the monarchy will protect you.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:16 | 3611238 bigrooster
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"Following the Dunblane massacre in 1996, in which 16 schoolchildren were killed, Parliament passed The Firearms Act of 1997, which essentially banned handguns for the atrocity."

Wow this is where they got the idea for Sandy Hook I guess. Too bad we are not a bunch of pussies like the UK.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:57 | 3611360 Meat Hammer
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Instead we sprinted to the firearms dealers and stocked up.  By "we" I mean everyone but me, of course.  

 

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:25 | 3611438 americanspirit
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Great post Dr.! Especially liked the quote "A recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy concluded that there is a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in countries internationally, that is, “where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense violent crime rates are highest." I'm doing my level best to help increase gun density - currently shopping for a Sig Sauer P226.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:06 | 3611013 gold mans sack
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"This meeting is off the record because you will be blindfolded and taken to a secret location and shown what happens to those who publish whistleblowers. Mind the maggots."

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:06 | 3611014 mjorden
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- " what little remaining constitional rights are stripped away by a government"

 

All we need are a few good judges to give some 'very' influential opionions and this problem will be fixed.

 

Fat chance.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:57 | 3611365 Nick Jihad
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Any judge is going to be predisposed to believe that the system is fundamentally sound, because it made them a judge.

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