AP-Gate Just Got Worse

Regardless of the left's opinion of Fox News, the Obama administration has gone way over the constitutional line and this is adds to the serious threat to freedom of the press. The idea that the government. on its unconstrained wild hunt for whistle blowers, can issue secret subpoenas for telephone records just got worse this morning. The case is being made against Fox News reporter James Rosen for his reporting on the possibility that North Korea would respond to additional UN sanctions with more nuclear tests back in 2009. The Department of Justice is prosecuting State Department adviser and arms expert Stephen Jin-Woo Kim for "leaking" the information to James Rosen of Fox News. To makes the case against Rosen this is what the DOJ did:

They used security badge access records to track the reporter's comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. They obtained a search warrant for the reporter's personal e-mails. [..]

Court documents in the Kim case reveal how deeply investigators explored the private communications of a working journalist - and raise the question of how often journalists have been investigated as closely as Rosen was in 2010. The case also raises new concerns among critics of government secrecy about the possible stifling effect of these investigations on a critical element of press freedom: the exchange of information between reporters and their sources.

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Most Interesting Thing You've Read This Past Week

Howdy! Welcome to the our weekly open thread on interesting reads! This is where to post links to those great things that made you say "Ah!" when you read them, so the rest of us can read them too!

So what is the most interesting thing you've read in the past week?

It can be anything - a book, a news article, a blog post, a recipe, a cartoon, anything goes...

And please - if there's a link, link it; if it's a recipe post it. :D

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Hellraisers Journal: IWW strikers sing on their way to jail after mass arrest.

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday May 20, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - 12,000 Restaurant Workers Prepare to Strike

12,000 restaurant workers stand ready to go out on strike unless their employers grant certain concessions. The workers are demanding that wages be increased by 20%, and that hours be reduced to 10 hours on weekdays and 6 on Sundays. The strike will include all those employed in area restaurants: cooks, waiters, and general kitchen help. Barkeepers, chambermaids and porters will join the strike.

Charles Kiesler, President of Hotel and Restaurant Employees' Alliance Local No. 330, has just returned from the union's national convention in Philadelphia. He brought back word that the national leaders of the union will stand behind the strike.

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Pentagon acknowledges transgender veterans

Early in May the Pentagon formally recognized that there are transgender veterans for the first time. we can only hope that it is the first step to allowing transpeople to serve openly in the military.

 photo sandeen_zps838c5ae3.jpgOn May 2 transgender veteran and activist Autumn Sandeen received a short letter from a Navy official:

Per your request the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) has been updated to show your gender as female effective April 12, 2013.

Sandeen has a new military identification card to reflect the change.

The fact that a process exists [to change the gender listed] indicates that there are people in the Department of Defense who are aware of the needs of transgender retirees and who are working to see those needs met. And, in that sense, the significance of this symbolic act for our broader work and for our goal of open service becomes I think a little bit more apparent.

--OutServe-SLDN executive director Allyson Robinson

Gay, lesbian and bisexual service members have been able to serve openly since September, 2011, but transgender people continue to be discharged if it becomes known they are transgender.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones announces in Pittsburgh, "I'm going back to West Virginia!"

Tuesday May 19, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Kohlsaat Closes All Bake Shops Connected to Lunchrooms

Kohlsaat has closed all company bakeries connected with its lunchrooms. According to The New York Times:

The Bakers had voted to walk out in sympathy with the colored waiters and to forestall this movement the company decided to lock out its employees.

The lock-out affects all employees from the office men, to the drivers, and even the laundry girls and scrubwomen. The tie-up appears to be complete, and this could become a long drawn-out fight.

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Sunday May 19, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Today we are talking about the scandals again. I was getting kind of annoyed that there was a long talk about Obama's pol numbers not going down and how silly all the scandals are as if the AP scandal was small. BS. There was also a talk about Bangladesh worker safety, workers, regulations, and wage which was good. I am not a fan of Karl Smith's neoliberal claptrap though and that comes off now on #Uppers.

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Weekend Question Open Thread

Well, it's the height of Prom season, so my question is gonna go with that theme.

Did your school have a Prom and did you go? What was the theme? And what did you wear? What did you do afterward if it's not too private and you can remember, lol...?

Don't be embarrassed - we're all fashion victims of whatever was worn at the time... powder blue tuxes, chiffon, dresses that looked like lace threw up on them, etc...

 

 

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Hellraisers Journal: Socialist Newspaper Editor Faces 15 Years

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday May 18, 1903
Denver, Colorado - Citizens Alliance Gives Ultimatum to Unionized Business

The Citizens Alliance recently sent a committee around to various unionized businesses. They gave various firms a deadline by which they must end all of their union contracts or suffer the consequences: they would no longer have buyers for their products, and prices on their supplies would be raised. This proved too much even for the conservative Denver Post which exclaimed, "If these steps had been taken by unions, all the better class, so-called, in the city would be loud in denouncing them." The Citizens Alliance responded by instructing the Denver Advertisers' Association to see to it that newspapers in Denver learn the advantage of remaining friendly to the "business interests."

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Saturday May 18, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Today's #Uppers was on the 3 scandals that the Obama administration is dealing with right now via the IRS, Benghazi, and the one that matters, the AP scandal where the DOJ ignored post Watergate regulations in seizing their phone records because of a leak they knew was going to be released. This problem with overzealousness over leaks from this administration has implications for everyone given what has happened to Bradley Manning and more whistle blowers than any other administration, especially one claiming to be the most transparent ever.

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