Company that Engaged in Criminal Wiretapping Hails Obama’s Wiretap Extension

The Wall Street Journal–owned by the same guy whose company and son are in trouble in the UK for criminally wiretapping those they wanted to collect information on–has found something to love in the Obama Administration.

Well, not everything President Obama and the 112th Congress managed to achieve is so terrible. With scarcely any notice, much less controversy, they did at least preserve one of the country’s most important post-9/11 antiterror tools.

That would be wiretapping, which you may recall liberals portrayed during the George W. Bush era as an illegal and unconstitutional license for co-President Dick Cheney and his spymasters to bug the bedrooms of all U.S. citizens. But now Washington has renewed the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that were due to expire at the end of 2012, with no substantive changes and none of the pseudo-apoplexy that prevailed during the Bush Presidency.

In addition to applauding Obama’s “fairly ruthless antiterror prosecut[ions] and unapologetic assert[ions] of Presidential powers,” the WSJ revels in this opportunity to mock those who thought illegal wiretapping was wrong.

This is a turnabout from 2007 and 2008, when letting U.S. spooks read al Qaeda emails or listen in on phone calls that passed through domestic switching networks supposedly spelled doom for the American Republic. Democrats spent years pretending that Mr. Bush’s eavesdropping program was “wrong” and “destructive,” as Attorney General Eric Holder put it at the time, lamenting that “I never thought I would see a President act in direct defiance of federal law.”

Maybe this mutual love of abusive wiretapping is why–as Elliot Spitzer has pointed out–DOJ has thus far failed to pursue News Corp under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

And finally, where is the inept U.S. Department of Justice in all this?

The DOJ has brought many irrelevant and tiny cases against companies for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it illegal to bribe either individuals or government officials, even in a company’s overseas operations. The DOJ loves to use the statute to show just how tough it is.

Yet now they have the most important case sitting right there in front of them. It’s easy. Even a rookie could field this one.

But what are they doing? It’s not clear.

If they fail to make this case against News Corp., Eric Holder is a failure as attorney general.

After all, Eric Holder’s DOJ successfully fought to give legal sanction to Cheney’s illegal wiretapping. It would look rather silly, after having extended warrantless wiretapping past the end of the Obama Administration, for them to prosecute Rupert Murdoch for doing the same thing Cheney did.

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

2 Responses to Company that Engaged in Criminal Wiretapping Hails Obama’s Wiretap Extension

  • 1
  • 2
Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz @emptywheel @kashhill Seconded!
1mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @emptywheel @JimWhiteGNV Which one of your two forces has a more depleted cupboard for new coach to come home to?
1mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @bmaz Hell, I've been trashing @JimWhiteGNV for a while.
3mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @emptywheel @JimWhiteGNV It is a little early in the morning for trash, no? I am still in quarantine!
3mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @bmaz How is it there's no trash started what with breaking news of my victory over @JimWhiteGNV and the impending arrival of Noodle Arm?
5mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @emptywheel @JimWhiteGNV And also to see said coaches, e.g. Rich Rod have success elsewhere when they leave.
5mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @emptywheel @JimWhiteGNV Good to see the Wolvereenies in the hunt for Lane Kiffen!!
6mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @joshgerstein Fact Check: Excellent point
8mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @joshgerstein: At least he didn't put it in a safe MT @bmaz: Yes, Leahy's stern letters have always proved oh so powerful against execut…
8mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @daveweigel @BloombergTV I paid $2.64 here yesterday. Almost Newtonian!
9mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @DSweetWCW: Just released #NYC @raymcgovern Injuries aggravated by rough arrest bec he planned to question Gen #Petraeus Thurs pm http:/…
11mreplyretweetfavorite
January 2013
S M T W T F S
« Dec   Feb »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031