Tonight, Officer Jeffrey Newton was arrested for altering evidence, perjury, and filing a false report. He and fellow Officer Edward Brennan have also been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. In light of these charges, the Justice Department,under my supervision and with the full cooperation of Metro Police Chief Lawrence Connors, will open an independent federal investigation into the Washington, D.C., Police Force. But even given these actions, I don’t stand up here pretending justice has been served tonight. Brandon Parker is still gone.
Seems like it was only last week when corporate media & pundits were warning us about the “chilling effect” that the Associated Press scandal would have on journalists getting sources to give them info… apparently someone forgot tell the PRISM leaker they were supposed to be too afraid to leak info
Remember how the DoJ ultimately needed an actual subpoena for the AP and James Rosen’s phone records? You would think that if PRISM was so pervasive and abused that the NSA would have had all that info already. And I’m willing to bet that everyone hasn’t dropped their Verizon mobile contracts or deleted their Gmail accounts just yet –still too early to conclude that isn’t uncalled for though
Not saying the mere existence of PRISM should be blown off or trivialized–it should not be–but I’m a little tired of all the hype and over the top histrionics from the press. Calm heads folks. We need a few more facts and less drama on this 7yr old program that congress has been aware of and thus presumably, some members of the press
Too much of our corporate media and “free press” has scandal fever. And while I am concerned about unwarranted phone/cyber taps, I’m also concerned about the no-fly-zone ExxonMobil has set up around an oil spill in Arkansas and the impending interest rate increase a lot of college students are facing. It’s not sexy, but it’s still just as important to me as all the “scandals” the media is preoccupied with