Freedom of Snuggly
This is one of those weeks where I regret that I don't have a massive animation studio in Taiwan. So much news, so little time! You've got Benghazi, the IRS investigation, and the Department of Justice snooping AP phone records.
There is so much in each of these stories, and they'll be around for weeks to come as more is revealed. I focused on the AP snooping story first, mainly because that is probably the story that will fade from attention first. And that's too bad, since its an egregious misuse of government domestic spying power. Plus, Snuggly the Security Bear kept pestering me about getting in on the action. Snuggly has been focusing on government spying since the Bush administration, and unfortunately, he still has a job to do. Remember, this isn't the first time this has happened. The scale of the government snooping is much larger this time. One hundred reporters and editors were impacted, not to mention all of their sources. (Figure each journalist is making a call to more than one person.) Tally that up and you've got way more than a hundred people being tracked and watched by the government. Regardless of what you think of the initial investigation into this story, the massive scale of domestic spying has an incredible chilling effect on people talking to the press. Care to be a "confidential" source now? Remember, one of the main functions of journalism is to let you know what your government is doing in your name.
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