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Nobody seems to be responsible

Published: Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

We have a host of investigations going on in Congress now, all the way back to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, over eight months ago, to the most recent Internal Revenue Service scandal involving the targeting of conservative organizations. The common thread weaving through Benghazi and the IRS scandal is that nobody responsible for what happened has been named. Nobody has been held accountable.
Then we have to toss in the Justice Department leak investigation of classified information of journalists working for the Associated Press. The JD secretly obtained two months of telephone records of the AP journalists that involved cellular, office and home telephone records of individual reporters and an editor. This is unconstitutional.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defended his agency’s actions saying it was necessary in the interest of “national security.”  That’s painting with a pretty broad brush.
According to a Washington Post article written by Sari Horwitz, the AP’s president and chief executive, Gary B. Pruitt, said the Justice Department was looking for information beyond what could be justified by any specific probe and demanded that the government return the phone records and destroy all copies.
It’s interesting to note that until the JD leak investigation of the AP came to light, the media had lost interest in the drawn-out Benghazi investigation. In other words, until the media had its ox gored, Benghazi had become  old news. Suddenly, there was renewed interest in what had happened at our Libyan consulate over eight months ago.
Then the fact that the IRS was targeting patriotic, conservative groups came to light and Capitol Hill became the scene for a lot of hearings and investigations. The IRS purposely delaying legitimate tax-exempt applications of conservative groups really got the ire of both political party members.

We have a host of investigations going on in Congress now, all the way back to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, over eight months ago, to the most recent Internal Revenue Service scandal involving the targeting of conservative organizations. The common thread weaving through Benghazi and the IRS scandal is that nobody responsible for what happened has been named. Nobody has been held accountable.

Then we have to toss in the Justice Department leak investigation of classified information of journalists working for the Associated Press. The JD secretly obtained two months of telephone records of the AP journalists that involved cellular, office and home telephone records of individual reporters and an editor. This is unconstitutional.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defended his agency’s actions saying it was necessary in the interest of “national security.”  That’s painting with a pretty broad brush.

According to a Washington Post article written by Sari Horwitz, the AP’s president and chief executive, Gary B. Pruitt, said the Justice Department was looking for information beyond what could be justified by any specific probe and demanded that the government return the phone records and destroy all copies.

It’s interesting to note that until the JD leak investigation of the AP came to light, the media had lost interest in the drawn-out Benghazi investigation. In other words, until the media had its ox gored, Benghazi had become  old news. Suddenly, there was renewed interest in what had happened at our Libyan consulate over eight months ago.

Then the fact that the IRS was targeting patriotic, conservative groups came to light and Capitol Hill became the scene for a lot of hearings and investigations. The IRS purposely delaying legitimate tax-exempt applications of conservative groups really got the ire of both political party members.

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