The Department Of Justice, National Security And Freedom Of The Press

The Department Of Justice, National Security And Freedom Of The Press

Attorney General Eric Holder defends the seizure of journalists' phone records to safeguard national security. Government power, freedom of the press and national security.

The Obama administration is under fire. Addressing one of several controversies, the president asked for the resignation of the head of the Internal Revenue Service. The tax agency is accused of targeting some conservative groups for extra scrutiny. In another political scandal, the Justice Department disclosed it seized phone records of the Associated Press without first informing the news agency. The seizure is said to be part of an investigation into a leak about a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen. Media and First Amendment groups reacted strongly, calling it an abuse of power. Diane and guests discuss the Justice Department's actions, press freedom and national security.

Guests

Scott Fredericksen

managing partner at the law firm Foley & Lardner, and a former federal prosecutor and independent counsel.

David Folkenflik

media correspondent for NPR.

Gabe Rottman

legislative counsel and policy adviser, Washington Legislative Office of the ACLU.

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