By Duncan Smith
For reasons known only to them, most members of the Washington Press Corps who covered the Obama presidency still revere the man.
Despite the fact that he had his administration spy on the media.
In 2013, The Associated Press was outraged after discovering that the Obama Justice Department used a secret subpoena to scoop up months’ worth of AP phone records from offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Conn.
But again, these same media sycophants adored the man like they hate President Donald Trump.
And yet, it’s the Trump administration banning spying on journalists.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf ordered his agency's intelligence-gathering office to stop collecting information on journalists following a report that it compiled on two reporters covering the riots in Portland, Oregon, according to a document obtained by the Washington Examiner.
'To follow up on my verbal order from July 30, 2020, effective immediately I am ordering [DHS Intelligence & Analysis Directorate] to discontinue collecting information involving U.S. members of the press,' Wolf wrote in the memo dated Friday. 'The Department will continue to identify leaked information to assess the potential damage to national security or Departmental operations but will no longer identify U.S. members of the media in our intelligence products.'
A source familiar with the situation confirmed that Wolf has referred the matter to the department's inspector general, and he has removed Brian Murphy from his post as overseer of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis.
'I am also ordering an immediate review of the circumstances surrounding the collection and dissemination of intelligence on U.S. members of the media,' Wolf wrote. 'I am also ordering an immediate review of DHS policies, guidance, and standard operating procedures related to l&A’s collection of identifiable information of members of the media, and whether those procedures were violated in this case. As part of this review, I am requesting that the Department develop recommendations on how to prevent violations, if any occurred.'
What a difference an administration makes.
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