But I am surprised by his administration's obsession with secrecy. He has kept up a Bush-level resistance to all probes into the internal workings of his administration, most famously with regard to the legal memos justifying his drone wars. This came up again recently when House Republicans asked for internal White House emails about Benghazi. "Try and take them" was pretty much the response.
And now the news that the Justice Department has gone completely haywire investigating leaks:
Federal investigators secretly seized two months of phone records for reporters and editors of The Associated Press in what the news organization said Monday was a “serious interference with A.P.’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.”Sigh. All power corrupts, and the US government's post 9-11 powers of spying and secrecy seem to be irresistible. This steady creep of ever-expanding secrecy will go on until we the voters insist that it stop, and I see no sign that will happen any time soon.
The A.P. said that the Justice Department informed it on Friday that law enforcement officials had obtained the records for more than 20 telephone lines of its offices and journalists, including their home phones and cellphones. It said the records were seized without notice sometime this year.
The organization was not told the reason for the seizure. But the timing and the specific journalistic targets strongly suggested they are related to a continuing government investigation into the leaking of information a year ago about the Central Intelligence Agency’s disruption of a Yemen-based terrorist plot to bomb an airliner.
The disclosures began with an Associated Press article on May 7, 2012, breaking the news of the foiled plot; the organization had held off publishing it for several days at the White House’s request because the intelligence operations were still unfolding.