15 May, 2006

ABC News Blog Says Gov't May Be Tracking Calls To Determine ABC's Sources

To those of you who take the "go-ahead-and-snoop-on-me. I'm-not-doing-anything-wrong" stance on the NSA wiretapping and data-gathering operations, here's a little food for thought. A possible reason (one of hundreds) that the NSA's activities are not harmless to innocent people.

The Blotter, ABC News' blog, is reporting today that "a senior federal law enforcement official" told the network that the government is tracking phone numbers that two of its reporters call "in an effort to root out confidential sources." The reporters in question are Brian Ross and Richard Esposito.

According to the blog posting earlier today, ABC thinks it may not be the only news organization being snooped on:

"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."

To read the rest of the post, click here.

If ABC's suspicions are true the NSA programs are not only harmful to ABC, to the news media and to the so-called leakers. It is a danger to U.S. Democracy as we know it and the Constitution it is based on.


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