In "Secret" Meeting, Eric Holder Tells Media He Will Stop Spying On It

Tyler Durden's picture

The US Attorney General's New Normal Watergate fiasco gets more surreal by the day.

Eric Holder, currently being investigated for lying under oath, has been in hot water ever since the break of the AP scandal. But it has been his "handling" of the spillover that has raised eyebrows. The latest update is sure to raise them even more. Because it turns out that during Thursday's "off the record" meeting which the majority of the press boycotted for the simple reason that the reporting press probably can't go off the record when the topic is the US government's precedence over the first amendment or it will lose what little credibility it has left, Holder's message was simple: "trust me, I am the government, and I will stop spying on you." The farce just goes downhill from there.

RT reports:

United States Attorney General Eric Holder said during an off-the-record meeting Thursday that the Department of Justice will change the way it conducts investigations of reporters amid scandals centered on Associated Press and Fox News journalists.


"Justice Department officials agreed that the journalists could discuss publicly in general some of the ideas that were discussed during the course of what [was] otherwise an off the record meeting,” Dylan Byers wrote for Politico. Journalists with other publications have also opened up about the event.


Despite the Justice Department’s original plans to keep the meeting’s details from going public, accounts of Thursday’s address that have surfaced in the day since reveal that Mr. Holder hoped to convince journalists that changes are on the horizon for how his office conducts probes into journalists.


According to Byers, Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole “said they are reaching out to editors and counsels for news organizations about how to strike what they called ‘the balance’ between protecting the flow of information and journalists’ ability to do our jobs and what they described as national security damage.”


“[Holder and aides] completely endorsed the president’s statement that reporters should not be at legal risk for doing their job. They acknowledged the need for changes in their own guidelines and the need to have a more rigorous internal review,” Martin Baron added in the Washington Post.


But even if the DoJ acknowledged those changes, eyewitnesses say it’s not certain when or how adjustments will be implemented. While most attendees say that Holder and Cole seemed understanding of their grievances, few walked away with feeling fulfilled about promises that have yet to be cemented.


“I didn’t come away with a precise understanding of how those guidelines might change, and I didn’t have impression they were settled in their own mind,” Byers added for a separate Politico article.


Who knows what’s going to happen if they in fact are going to practice what they seem to preach and try to change some laws that we feel are very relevant. But I think it’s sort of an opening gambit, an opening discussion,” New York Daily News Washington bureau chief Jim Warren told CNN.

And so on.

Summarizing: a secret meeting with the same press that was being spied on for who knows how long, promising that the administration will be more transparent, and to take the AG's word for it, the same AG who is being investigated for perjury before Congress.


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ghengis86's picture

That's Himmler to you.

The farce is strong with this one...

Pinto Currency's picture


He won't spy on reporters anymore.

But he may run automatic weapons to gang members in their neighbourhood.

It would be interesting to see the issue of reporters that served in Iraq and Afghanistan that were being sniped by US forces dealt with by Honest Eric Holder.

imaginalis's picture

This is a cover story. The real target of the spying is the reporter speaking to an unknown high level whistleblower in the FED/fantasy

GetZeeGold's picture



Stockholme syndome in the media.

Fukushima Sam's picture

Impeach Obama and get rid of Holder!  Two birds, one stone.

aint no fortunate son's picture

and here I thought nixon and ag john mitchell were the greasiest, sleaziest scum sucking CRIMINAL pos's in our history... little did I know

Meat Hammer's picture

Cheating husband: Trust me honey, I've learned my lesson.  Oh, look...titties!

Spirit Of Truth's picture

American society is now based upon fraud, and Eric Holder is the perfect representative to oversee the "legal system".

franzpick's picture

The Urban Dictionary has the most accurate definition of the current sophistry being used by barry, eric, valerie, lois, et al, to oppress their perceived opponents, who unfortunately happen to embody the individualism that built the previously great America:


"A person who, while professing to teach skill in reasoning, concerned himself with ingenuity and specious effectiveness rather than soundness of argument".

And worse:


Banksters's picture

Ta tas fun bags, tit tays, juggs, ah love.

Miss Expectations's picture

Cheating Husband (in bed with another women, wife walks in):  Honey, it's not what you think.

Vegamma's picture

Good analogy ME. Notice he's not apologizing for abusing his powers. He's telling the press that he won't bother them again if they get back on the Messiah's bandwagon. When is his private meeting with gun rights advocates and tea party members to make a similar promise? The Chicago way.

FMR Bankster's picture

My personal favorite of the recent Justice department scandals (so many to choose from) is the one getting little attention. That they put convicted terrorists into the witness protection program, changed their names, and then didn't put the new names on the no fly list. Of course a number of these folks have disappeared. Actually, it's kind of a do over for Justice because of it's similarity to fast and furious.

prains's picture

Impeach Obama 


dude impeach your entire fucking government, both parties and wall street, then you have a chance until then WTF! is gonna change. It's a fucking hydra, one head off another grows

TeamDepends's picture

PMSNBC Declares Eric Holder "The Moses Of Our Times" @  Houston to Obamanauts:  The Eagle has landed.

GetZeeGold's picture



PMSNBC Declares Eric Holder "The Moses Of Our Times"


No wonder MSNBC ratings are down....who want's to watch cult TV?

aint no fortunate son's picture

instead of parting the Red Sea he parted our cheeks

insanelysane's picture

Seriously these are the same people that rationalize that corporate executives of multinational corporations are too big to jail.  How can they not rationalize that the government executives of the most powerful nation on the planet are too big to jail?

We have crossed the rubicon in the US.  In the past, there was fraud and corruption in government and business but there was always a chance for justice.  That is gone.

SuperRay's picture

Crossing the Rubicon - Mike Ruppert


He told us we were fucked in 2002.  Just been deeper and deeper since then

NoDebt's picture

The whole tone was wrong.  He condescends to promise to stop doing it (maybe, at some point in time) but really he's saying "I can do this to you at any time.  It's perfectly legal and ethical for me to do so and you damned well better recoginze that.  I simply choose not to at this moment.  I'm doing you a favor here, so you better fucking thank me."

Acet's picture

A parasitic, power hungry sociopath tells his latest victims that he's not going hurt them anymore ...


nevadan's picture

Come into  my parlor, said the spider to the fly.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Welcome back, Nevada Dave. We missed you.

Jim in MN's picture



"They Just Wouldn't Listen!!!"

IridiumRebel's picture

"I promise I'll be better baby, I won't do it again...PROMISE. You believe me, babe, right?"

Jena's picture

"Awww.. Why'd you have to do that?  Now you know what I'm gonna have to do?  But it's not my fault, you know that, right?"

beaker's picture

You can't make this stuff up!


azzhatter's picture

Fuck You Holder and your cocksucking Stasi. Fuck you with a rusty chainsaw. I hope you die a terrible painful death you motherfucker. Fuck You

PontifexMaximus's picture

Holder is not the problem, blame people who are covering him, they all have names!

willwork4food's picture

Though true, he is the one that has agreed to take the position willingly and do what he does- with the American people paying him his salery & benefits.

He does not just need to leave, he needs to be charged for treason and hung.

Hedge Fund of One's picture

Oh, he's a big part of the problem alright! Blame both him and those covering him.

Jdog's picture

How come he is not in jail yet? The biggest criminal, most dangerous threat to all Americans. Enough already! He broke the law, there is no excuse for this criminal.

Bay of Pigs's picture

He makes John Mitchell and Edwin Meese look good

Ruffcut's picture

It must be something to be the biggest asshole in the country.

Navymugsy's picture

So why are all the brave, bold men and women of congress afraid of this goon? I wonder how many of these folks he has already got pictures of in compromising positions?

a growing concern's picture

He secretly videotaped their NAMBLA sessions.  You'll know this to be the case if he's still in office a year from now.

pine_marten's picture

Because they are all crooks.  It's the land of mutual assured destruction if you go off reservation.

forexskin's picture

right-O. see james traficant as exhibit A

Winston Churchill's picture

Young boys,girls and/or animal sarbaritic  deviancy for sure among the sociopaths we

call honorable.Sure bagHolder has the Hoover on them.Dirt everywhere.

Same as chief justice Roberts , and his 'paperwork' problems on his childrens


Son of Loki's picture

I'm sure Smolder has some incrim photos such as Barney Franks line dancing with Mozillo, Wiener and others...

Oldwood's picture

People are easy to corrupt. For some its thirty pieces of silver and for others it's pride and the fear of its destruction. Can you imagine the kind of stuff they have in files on Obama? There is a reason so much of his personal history has been locked down. This is not something Obama could have done without help. Those that hold the keys to his history vault own him and likely everyone else in office.

Downtoolong's picture

"trust me, I am the government, and I will stop spying on you."

But, I won't admit any wrong doing. I mean, why should I be treated less favorably than my Wall Street bosses? Haven't you people heard of equality in the workplace?

DaddyO's picture

Strange scenes inside the goldmine indeed...


Splootch's picture

It does'nt mater...he's a billionaire he's an enemy.