Obama’s Possible Watergate?

By: Daniel Nardini

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is a man constantly under fire these days. First, he was being investigated for Operation Fast and Furious where all kinds of firearms were given to the Mexican cartels in order to trace their routes of operation. Not only was this effort a total failure but all of these guns became part of the cartels’ arsenal to kill innocent people including a U.S. agent. Then there was the fiasco of the lack of security for the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Now, we learn that Holder (or rather his underlings, he apparently does not want to take responsibility) stole two months’ of telephone records from the large and important news service Associated Press (AP). This was done in secrecy and without the knowledge of AP over what Holder called a “leak” in the administration where it was alleged that some AP reporter got a hold of some classified information.

And if you can believe Mr. Holder on that, I have a cheap Chicago bridge to sell you. The only possible reason that the federal government under U.S. President Barack Obama could have done this extreme invasion of privacy against one of the largest and most respected news organizations in the world is because he and probably his administration most likely fear whatever negative publicity they may receive for their domestic and foreign policies. Now they will have a new headache to worry over—trying to explain to the American people and the news media in this country and around the world that they believe in the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of the press. The spying on AP is a major story and news scandal in of itself. And let us face facts, this IS an impeachable offense.

The U.S. Constitution does make it clear that freedom of the press shall not be abridged, and that this is an offense against the constitution itself. At the very least, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should be fired from his job and be put on trial for his actions. The U.S. Congress should start official hearings on this, and should make recommendations and indictments for those involved in this breach of privacy and against the U.S. Constitution. I have this feeling that the U.S. Congress will just make a lot of noise and do nothing else. I have this feeling that Obama will sweep this thing under the rug, and I have this feeling that the U.S. government might keep continuing this kind of spying against Americans and distinguished news agencies with impunity. In too many ways Obama is beginning to resemble the former administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. In my view this is a major scandal like the break-in into the Watergate Hotel in the U.S. President Richard M. Nixon administration was.

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