16 May 2006

Welcome to 1984

Freedom of the press is a fleeting fancy, as it's revealed that the Bush administration, in the spirit of Orwell's Big Brother, is applying the nebulous "War on Terror" to track phone numbers dialed by journalists to root out confidential sources.
A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources.

ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.

Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation.

Our reports on the CIA's secret prisons in Romania and Poland were known to have upset CIA officials. The CIA asked for an FBI investigation of leaks of classified information following those reports.

People questioned by the FBI about leaks of intelligence information say the CIA was also disturbed by ABC News reports that revealed the use of CIA predator missiles inside Pakistan.

In total defiance of the Constitution, these Patriot Act provisions cancel out needed checks and balances. And, as has been witnessed in the past, such measures are being used by the Bush administration in a broad stroke, to go after any opponents of the administration.

War is peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength