Trifecta: Obama’s third major scandal in just days

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The Department of Justice illegally tracked twenty phone lines at the Associated Press in order to track down identity of a whistleblower. For years Glenn has highlighted how this administration went after whistleblowers – this sends a clear warning message to anyone thinking about ratting on the government. Glenn went through the latest scandal plaguing the administration on radio this morning.

TheBlaze reported:

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and home phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.

“This administration is going after whistleblowers like there is no tomorrow. So there was a whistleblower they went after; they seized all of the records. Now the AP says that this is outrageous,” Glenn said.

“Now, will the press actually care? Because members of the press, it used to be just people like me. This is what we warned. When we asked the president ‑‑ the White House said that they were monitoring the communications of some members of the press, and I remember we called the White House: Could we find out who’s on that list? Are we on the list? Neither confirm, nor deny. And we were passed back from agency to agency. Okay. And I remember saying on the air, ‘Members of the press, don’t you care about this? You don’t care that they have said members, some members of the press are being monitored. You don’t have a problem with that?’ No. Well, now all of a sudden the AP has a problem,” Glenn said.

Glenn said he hoped this scandal prompts a wider investigation into what information is being gathered on American citizens, not just those in the press. He pointed to stories that have been out there for years where agencies like the NSA have been collecting information on private citizens.

“AP, you should be ashamed of yourself. All of a sudden you care. We have people, we have several sources that we have to meet with, and they have met with us at their own peril. They’re not talking about ‑‑ they’re not talking about just being fired. They’re talking about being fired, they’re talking about losing their life, losing their livelihood, losing their reputation, possibly going to jail for the rest of their life,” Glenn said.

“We used to have whistleblower protection laws. We don’t. We don’t anymore because the press will not cover it,” he continued. “This is not a game. This is not conspiracy stuff. This is stuff I grew up watching in movies. It’s happening, America. And the AP is worried about their phones being monitored or their records being taken for a month. ”

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Here is the crux of the matter – what will it take for the House of Obama to finally be brought down?
    The corruption is revealed time and again, from Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS and AP gate, and who knows what else is to come out of the woods and darkness in the days to come.Any other administration would have been brought down by any one of them, and yet the Democrat Socialist Media is continuing to shield the government from exposure, why are they sticking to the ideology and holding to Obama like a god-king and his fanatical followers?

    Will any of the media understand how expendable the Democrat Socialists see they are? How much they are another branch of ‘Useful Idiots’?

    May God allow them to wake up and see the truth and understand, or may He have mercy on their souls when the end comes at last.

    • landofaahs

      They don’t like truth Snow, they love lying because it’s what their father does and is;  The father of lies.

    • TruthRocks

      Lying and murder is okay if it serves the purpose of creating a socialistic state.  Because in socialism, we’re all taken care of with the govt–and whatever means necessary is okay.  They’re just trying to save us all–we need to give them some credit.  (Sarcasm).  

  • landofaahs

    The liberals will never believe.  They threw out truth for power long ago.

    • Anonymous

      Liberals believe in a lot of things. For instance:
      -you should go to jail for breaking an eagle’s egg, but abortion doctors are heros.
      -you should be tolerant of every conceivable point of view, except Christianity.
      -criminals should have guns, but law abiding citizens shouldn’t.
      -you should use wind power, but don’t mess up my ocean view with windmills.
      -I will fly in my gulfstream 5 to speak on why you should ride a bike to work.
      -I will use the free market to make millions, and then make a movie on the evils of capitalism.

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The administration continues to build and refine the structure of Communism to replace our Republic once the final collapse and implosion comes about.

    Understand the truth people, on all sides, the Democrat Socialists and Progressives under Obama care nothing for the individual, only for the collective and for their own power and control over the masses as an ‘enlightened elite.’

    All of the administration needs to go, be investigated for all crimes they have committed, and held over to the courts to face justice.

    • Sam Fisher

      I wonder where knownothing is now? It is amazing how the trolls don’t want to fight when stuff like this comes out.

      • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

        He is still around, launching the usual garbage. For some reason Know seems to think I watch this ‘Game of Thrones” show or game or whatever that stuff is about.

        Same matter of statements of the left, different package, same smell of rot and corruption.

        • Anonymous

          Game of thrones is a TV fantasy drama (had to look it up) on HBO. Makes perfect sense, since Know is living in a fantasy world. In which the great god Obama does nothing wrong, and socialism actually works.

        • Sam Fisher

          Don’t look at me even I at 26 never watched the show. But I think it is the one the out Bush’s head on a pike for the hell of it. Now why does he think we would watch that after such disgrace?

  • Sam Fisher

    I wish this was baseball. Then Obama would be out by now. I also notice how no trolls showed up yet with their I hate Glenn Beck speech.

  • Sam Fisher

    Obama is a Fascist. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s the Chicago way. We are no longer a nation of laws and not of men. We are definitely a nation of men….and some can do whatever the hell they like with no accountability. We know they hate the constitution, and that the ends always justify the means (saul alinsky is his hero after all). So 3 things have surfaced over a short period of time. That means they were caught 3 times out of how many criminal acts?  I tend to think the worst, but I bet even I would be stunned to know how many times this admin. acts in a lawless manner.  So sad to see how far we’ve fallen as a nation.  But hey, as long as I get my 99 weeks paid, free cell phone, food stamps, Medicaid, section 8 home, and tax return check (even though I didn’t pay any income tax)….I’m happy to look the other way while Rome burns.

    • Jules P. Guidry

       I have long given up being stunned or surprised at what the politicians do or say. The lure of power attracts, for the most part, the wrong kind of person into politics. I’m sure its a pathology of some sort of mental disorder, probably extreme narcissism. To this type of individual, power over others is their just rewards which affirms their delusions of superiority.
      We’re just seeing the latest in their thinking they are above everyone else and above the law. It’s part and parcel of the disease of liberalism.

      • Anonymous

        One quick thing to add Jules. I agree with what you say. But I think some will misunderstand your last sentence “It’s part and parcel of the disease of liberalism”…and mentally change the word liberalism to “democrat”….which would be a huge mistake. Power hungry criminal politicians occupy both sides of the isle. Liberal republicans and rinos will toss America under the bus just as fast as liberal dems (and they do every single day on spending, debt ceilings, gun control, big government agenda, removal of personal liberty, etc).  This is critical to recognize, if anything is going to change going forward.

  • Anonymous

    What else can anybody expect from a simple community organizer? Obummer had NO qualification to be POTUS and everything points at somebody underground running the show, that’s why obummer is up to his neck in scandals and lies. As long as the sheeple support him along with the media, there is noone around who can take him to task. That’s why he’s so smug in the face of accusations against him.

  • Anonymous

    I believe the media as well as the powers behind OblameO cover up the acts that should impeach him is because if or when OblameO goes down what will take his place. We will have Joe ‘hey man’ Biden as POTUS, Pelosi as VP, and the rest of the communists pawns running the show. Then we will be on a fast track for total control of the country. Maybe the grass will be marijuana on the other side. Just MHO. Any comments on what we will do then? It scares the hell out of me.

  • Anonymous

    The DOJ works for Oabma not the American people. Eric Holder ows everything to Obama. He is Obama’s shadow when it comes to protecting him or his administration. The DOJ is nothing less than the Secret Police or the KGB. We are in the “Last Days” people. If you believe that America can survive ,will survie or remain like it use to be— you are living in a dream world. America died Nov 2012 and we are now just watching them throw dirt on the grave. 

  • Anonymous

    Below is a sensational documentary produced by the late Grant Jeffrey.  This was of the last things he made prior to his untimely passing.  It covers EVERYTHING that Glenn mentioned on the radio today in regards to government data mining/tracking.  It even shows how the government is gathering lists of pro-lifers and putting them on “extremist” lists.  Very scary but it must be watched if you want to know everything.  Pass it on!

    Note:  It would be wise for any possible 2016 candidate to take note of all of this.  Imagine if, for example, Rand Paul – Rubio – Cruz – whoever ran on a presidential platform saying they were going to pull apart and reverse all of this Big Brother garbage once and for all.  Wow!  I mean, you’d have all ages and backgrounds supporting that.  That could be one issue that would unite Americans and lead to a landslide victory. 

  • Mary Elizabeth Danuser

    Wow!I am amazed when the AP is worried .LIz 

  • CaptainLB

    I hope this wakes the people wake up and impeach obama and fire all his people that helped him,

  • Myles Standish

    The media finally showed some interest after it was discovered that their messiah was spying on them as well. Talk about obama biting the hand that protects him!

    Only three scandals at once? Wish I could actually believe that this is enough to bring down The Teflon Con.

    At least we now know why obama selected Biden as his VP. Crazy Joe almost manages to make impeachment seem like a bad idea!

  • suz

    glenn, how you describe getting info from informants is exactly what a lot of us imagine it would be like, but, don’t tell us anymore of ‘those’ details.  i’m sure those persons would be followed (into the park next time).  we know you and your people are doing great and important things that are dangerous; we trust you.

  • Anonymous

    its our own fault Glenn, we voted those poeple into office and those are the consequences of our action

  • Jules P. Guidry

    The “trifecta”  of prominent scandals of this administration and accomplices in the legislative branch is just the tip of the iceberg. Now we find out the head of DHHs Sebellius has been busy soliciting funds from private companies to fund ads promoting Ocare. Which has got to be a violation of federal law as she has a lot of control over how these companies do business due to her position in government. If they don’t donate to the “cause”, she can regulate them out of business. Good old fashioned extortion, Chicago style.

  • Sharmane

    This MO has been used many times by Communists/Socialists/Leftists.  First start taking away citizens’ rights (such as we have in our Bill of Rights), disarm the people, start taking over the means of food production and manufacturing, start creating chaos such as mass shootings and bombings to instill fear in the people, get the people used to being searched, accosted in the streets at gun point for their own “safety,” and of course get control of the press to keep the people in the dark about what’s going on, then start the round ups of people who oppose the “state” and speak out and so it goes.  We are on the fast track to this occurring and the low information people have no idea what may be coming their way.  Oh, of course, once the new regime is in place, goodbye to the useful idiots like the press –  they are one of the first to be rounded up.

  • Anonymous

    A possible catch phase name for the scandals  ( obama abominations scandals of lies on the three evils of seeing no evil,hearing no evil, talking no evil }

  • Brian Johnson

    Beck, you are demented!


    Are you really this ignorant or is it that you know you can
    say anything and your clueless fans will accept it? A whistleblower is someone
    who comes forward with information of crimes by their employer or government.
    This was a case of someone who leaked information to a news reporter about an
    ongoing counter terrorism operation involving the successful infiltration of a
    terrorist organization by an undercover CIA operative. The leaked information
    didn’t reveal any wrongdoing by any government agency but it might have seriously
    compromised and important operation and endangered the lives of the agents
    involved. Whoever leaked that information is guilty of serious crimes however
    the accessing of phone records by the DOJ, while certainly a violations of privacy,
    was well within the bounds of the law.

    Now by contrast, Bradley Manning was a whistleblower and is now
    in indefinite detention and will likely never see the light of day again and as
    I recall Beck, you have always mocked and insulted him.

    Malice toward none, eh Glenn? Yeah right. You lying piece of


  • Connie Bevan

    When criminals are let go they are waiting to commit more crimes. And they do! This is the result of the audacity of their hope to fundamentally change America into a Mafia State.

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