"In a posting on the ABC News blog, Brian Ross and Richard Esposito reveal that, according to sources, the federal government is monitoring their calls to track down confidential sources. Is this legal? Is it something our society should condone or condemn?"Yeah, that's a good question. Here's what Brian Ross had to say on his blog:
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.What does this have to do with listening in to Al Qaeda...or fighting the war on terrorism? The phone records of investigative reporters tapping confidential sources are being disclosed, apparently, to the government to root out those confidential sources. To stifle whistleblowing, to enhance their media manipulation strategies...? Who knows what is going on? Day by day, there's so much questionable activity coming down the pipeline, it's hard to know where to start with this gang. The lack of oversight, congressional and judicial, is starting to catch up with them.
"It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation.
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.
Really puts a whole new spin on Herbert's "America the Fearful" column from today, doesn't it?