Published May 23, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder agreed to a review of Justice Department guidelines for investigations involving journalists, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.
“I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable,” Obama said. “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.”
Obama’s comments follow a firestorm of criticism that has erupted over disclosures that in separate investigations of leaks of classified information, the Justice Department had obtained private emails that Rosen exchanged with a source and the phone records of Associated Press reporters.
Holder previously said he recused himself from the AP subpoena because he had been questioned as a witness in the underlying investigation into a leak about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen. His role in personally approving the Rosen search warrant had not been previously reported.
A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Department of Justice later issued a statement about the review of media guidelines: “This review is consistent with Attorney General Holder’s long-standing belief that freedom of the press is essential to our democracy,” it said. “At the same time, the attorney general believes that leaks of classified information damage our national security and must be investigated using appropriate law enforcement tools. We remain steadfast in our commitment to following all laws and regulations intended to safeguard national security as well as the First Amendment interests of the press in reporting the news and the public in receiving it.”
The law enforcement official said Holder’s approval of the Rosen search, in the spring of 2010, came after senior Justice officials concluded there was “probable cause” that Rosen’s communications with his source, identified as intelligence analyst Stephen Kim, met the legal burden for such searches. “It was approved at the highest levels– and I mean the highest,” said the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He said that explicitly included Holder.
Kim has since been indicted on charges that he leaked classified information to Rosen about how North Korea would respond to a United Nations resolution condemning the country’s nuclear program. He has denied the charges.
In an affidavit in support of a search warrant to Google for Rosen’s emails, an FBI agent wrote that the Fox News journalist — identified only as “the Reporter” — had “asked, solicited and encouraged Mr. Kim to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.”
“The Reporter did so by employing flattery and playing to Mr. Kim’s vanity and ego,” it continued. “Much like an intelligence officer would run a clandestine intelligence source, the Reporter instructed Mr. Kim on a covert communications plan that involved” emails from his gmail account.
It also said that Google was specifically instructed not to notify “the subscriber” — Rosen — that his emails were being seized.
In new documents disclosed Thursday, the Justice Department sought and obtained approval to keep the search warrant, which was approved by a federal magistrate, under seal. It was unsealed in November 2011, but never made a part of the docket of Kim’s case and went unnoticed until this week.
Justice officials have since said they do not intend to criminally charge Rosen, but media groups have condemned the issuance of the search warrant itself.
“The Justice Department’s decision to treat routine newsgathering efforts as evidence of criminality is extremely troubling and corrodes time-honored understandings between the public and the government about the role of the free press,” said Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
In his speech Thursday, Obama reiterated his determination to pursue leak investigations. “We must enforce consequences for those who break the law and breach their commitment to protect classified information,” he said.
But, he said, “Our focus must be on those who break the law,” not journalists. He said he was calling on Congress to pass a media shield law and had raised the issue with Holder, “who shares my concern.”
As part of the Justice Department review of guidelines, the president said, Holder will convene a group of media organizations to hear their views and “report back to me by July 12th.”
NBC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pete Williams contributed to this report.
President Obama boarded Marine One on Friday without returning the salute of the Marine who stood at the helicopter’s steps.
A White House pool report on Friday noted that “a few White House regulars were atwitter” when Obama walked up the steps without saluting the marine on duty.
Quickly realizing the break from tradition and presidential etiquette, Obama — who was traveling to Annapolis, Md., — emerged from the chopper, walked down the steps and shook hands with the Marine, the pool report noted. It added that Obama also engaged in a brief conversation.
Obama has had a difficult few weeks in office. The White House has been forced to contend with a trio of controversies that have challenged his ability to push his second-term agenda.
Thu, May 23, 2013, 15:50
First published:Thu, May 23, 2013, 10:11
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“We’re hoping that there will be moderation also in the southern parts but we will continue to show our presence in the suburbs with strengthened resources.”
The unrest started May 19th in Husby – an area constructed in the 1970s and dotted with high-rise apartment blocks – about a week after police killed a 69-year-old man brandishing a knife.
Sweden, where immigrants bear the brunt of Scandinavia’s highest unemployment rate, has suffered similar bouts of unrest before. In 2008, rioters in Rosengaard in the southern city of Malmoe clashed with police after setting fire to cars and bins.
Those riots also spread to Stockholm’s Tensta and Husby suburbs. Last night, firemen trying to rescue a restaurant in Skogaas were attacked by stone-throwing youths. Police officers were also attacked in Husby.
Several other suburbs also reported vandalism and fires.
Three police officers suffered minor injuries from rocks, Mr Lindgren said. None of them required hospital care, he said. In Raagsved, 11 people were also detained before being taken away in police buses.
Police are working to identify more rioters, many of whom were masked. There were similar scenes on Tuesday, when about 30 cars were set on fire in some of Sweden’s most ethnically diverse suburbs, also including Norsborg and Vaarberg.
A Husby school and a cultural centre were set alight while bins burned across other suburbs. A school was set on fire in Skaerholmen and a police station and buildings in central Jakobsberg were vandalised. The average age of people arrested on Tuesday was about 20, police said. Unemployment is higher among immigrants in Stockholmthan residents born in Sweden.
Among immigrants from countries outside the European Union, the percentage of people out of work or in job programs was 16.5 per cent in 2011, compared with 5.7 per cent for ethnic Swedes, according to Statistics Sweden. Last year, 23 per cent of municipal Stockholm’s 881,235 inhabitants came from outside Sweden, the same percentage as in Gothenburg.
muslims riot in Sweden. Officials claim they have no idea why they are doing this.
Mulsim chops off head of British soldier in London. Officials claim they have no idea why they are doing this.
Muslims murder Christians by the thousands in Egypt. Officials claim they have no idea why they are doing this.
Muslims blow up the Boston Marathon. Officials claim they have no idea why they are doing this.
Time to stop with the multicultural BS. We all know why they do this. Read the Koran. They do this because of islam
Before you read the report from London I want to make a comment and repeat what I said yesterday. Imagine if someone had beheaded a soldier in the name of Christ? Do you think for one moment that the media would leave that out? In this case we have a lethal mixture: The spread of hatred and the complicity of the new media. Until we face the fact that the problem is Islam itself we cannot take proper steps to protect the ones we love. Osama Bin Laden had warned us for years that his Islam is the Islam.
For further evidence of what I am saying just watch and see that there will be no widespread condemnation of this heinous act that occurred on the streets of London just as there was no outcry against the bombing in Boston anywhere in the Arab world. In the face of thousands of acts of terror by young Muslim men for decades and the tacit approval of millions of Muslims in the world , we will still be lectured that these are mutations and not real Islam. Again imagine if some maniac walked up to a soldier and began mutilating him in the name of Jesus. The roar of condemnation by millions of Christians would be deafening!
Some appeasers will say that any steps to address Islamic violence at its real source will lead to more violence. That is patently insane and an invitation to tyranny Until the civilized world takes a unanimous stand against Islamic violence we can only expect to see a continual rise in religious anarchy.
As a Christian I am to be as harmless as a dove. That means that I must possess a Spirit-controlled temperament On the other hand I am to as wise as a serpent. As believers we cannot be confused about the dangers of today. Absolutely we must trust God for divine protection but we cannot mute our soul against divine warnings. -Mario Murillo
“The Full unedited statement from one of the London Muslim beheaders was censored and misreported by the British press, including the ITV clip shown on their channel and all subsequent news networks, including the Guardian, both which intentionally left out the Beheader justifying his act by referring to the Quran, the ITV clip intentionally had a voice-over narration from the beginning of the muslims statement where he mentions the Quran in order to justify his actions, and the Guardian completely left it out and left it up in the air as to the motives of the Muslim beheaders. The BBC did not mention it all and simply referred to it as an ‘incident. Here is the full quote that was censored:
“There are many, many ayah throughout the Koran [referring to religious
verses] that says we must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye
and a tooth for a tooth. I apologize that women had to witness this
today but in our land women have to see the same. You people will never
be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you.”
By intentionally editing his quote with a voice-over narration by ITV, to remove the justification for the murder from the Quran, both the Guardian and ITV left out the religious justification for the killers acts in an effort to deceive the public.” - LiveLeak.com
PUBLISHED: 09:49 EST, 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:42 EST, 22 May 2013
A dramatic video tonight emerged of a man with bloodied hands, carrying knives and ranting ’We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you’, after a serving soldier was hacked to death by two men just 200 yards from an Army barracks.
The man can be seen and heard talking to the camera. The video came as terrified eyewitnesses saw two men shot by police marksmen after the machete attack in Woolwich, south-east London.
The two men are thought to have waited around for 20 minutes until Metropolitan Police officers arrived and then tried to attack them – but were swiftly shot by armed policemen, including a woman.
They apparently shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, which means ‘God is great’ in Arabic, and tried to film the attack, the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson said.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe tonight confirmed two men had been arrested and officers from the counter-terrorist unit were leading the investigation into the killing.
He said: ‘It is hard to comprehend the shocking and horrific scenes we have seen this afternoon on a busy street as Londoners went about their day as normal. We have launched a murder investigation.’
Theresa May tonight called a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee in response to the machete and knife attack on the man who was wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt.
The Home Secretary said she had been briefed on the killing by the head of MI5 and police later confirmed they were treating the incident as a possible terror attack.
The Cobra meeting heard that security has been tightened at Woolwich barracks and increased at all London barracks. It was also told there are strong indications that this was a terrorist incident.
Mrs May said said: ‘What happened today in Woolwich was a sickening and barbaric attack. This attack was an attack on everyone in the UK. It will be condemned by people from every community.
‘We have seen terrorism on the streets of Britain before, and have always stood firm against it. Despicable acts like these will not go unpunished.’
Eyewitnesses said the ‘crazed’ men in their 20s launched a ferocious attack and were ‘hacking, chopping and cutting him.’
In footage released by ITV News, a man with bloodied hands carrying a knife and a machete addresses people holding a camera, where he appears to attempt to justify the incident.
Speaking to those recording the scene he says: ‘I apologise that women had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same.
‘You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you.’
In footage obtained by The Sun, he can also be heard saying: ‘You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns you think politicians are going to die?
Following his outburst, the man walks back towards where the victim is lying in the middle of the road. He then speaks to another man as they stand near to the victim.
One eyewitness claimed one of the soldier’s attackers was seen last week preaching in Woolwich.
Jamie France, 29, a local musician, said: ‘I spoke to my mum on the phone and showed her the video footage from the internet. She told me that she recognised one of the men with the knife.
‘She said she’d seen him last week preaching in Woolwich town centre. She said she remembers him because he’d been really angry and was saying all this political stuff.’
Mr Cameron said on Twitter that ‘the killing in Woolwich is truly shocking – I have asked the Home Secretary to chair a Cobra meeting.’
Help for Heroes, the charity whose T-shirt witnesses said the victim was wearing, said: ‘Help for Heroes is appalled to hear that a man, believed to be a serving soldier, has been brutally murdered in Woolwich today.
‘We are desperately saddened to hear of this sickening attack and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, colleagues and friends.’
The charity’s website crashed as Britons queued up to pledge their support to it following the Woolwich killing, but it was up and running again a short while after.
Labour leader Ed Miliband, who is cutting short a visit to Germany to return to the UK, said: ‘This is a truly appalling murder which will shock the entire country. All of my thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim.
‘People across our country, whatever background they are from, will be united in condemning this attack and we will stand together, as we always do, in our response’
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
‘The British people will be horrified by what has happened in Woolwich. They will be united in believing that this terror on our streets cannot be allowed to stand.’
And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: ‘This afternoon witnessed a shocking and horrifying murder on the streets of our capital. The whole nation’s thoughts will be with the family and friends of the victim this evening.
‘People across our country, whatever background they are from, will be united in condemning this attack and we will stand together, as we always do, in our response.’
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen is of course concerned by the report of an attack in Woolwich earlier today. Her Majesty is being kept informed.’
Locals at the scene were warned police may have to carry out a controlled explosion on the attackers’ car.
A father of three, who referred to himself only as Kwamu, said two police officers came to his flat, in a block just yards from the attack on John Wilson Road, at around 7pm to tell him to leave his home.
He said: ‘They knocked on my door about an hour ago, two police officers. The woman police officer told me to get my family together and get out. She said they think there could be a bomb in the car.
‘I was getting my daughters ready to go outside but when I went down the stairs some people from the block were going in. They told me that police now want us to stay inside. It is very frightening.’
The Ministry of Defence said it was urgently looking at the reports that the incident involved a soldier but had no further comment.
Killing: The attack happened on John Wilson Street in Woolwich, south-east London, this afternoon, close to the military barracks
Probe: Police cordon off surrounding roads after a man was killed in Woolwich, south London, this afternoon
Military: The victim was a serving soldier and is believed to be based at the nearby Woolwich barracks
Footage from a TV news helicopter showed a large number of weapons lying in the street following the incident. A London Ambulance Service spokesman said one man had died at the scene.
He added: ‘Our staff treated two others. Both men were taken to hospital, one of them is in a serious condition, the other is not.’
One witness, identified as James, said he and his partner saw two black men attack the young victim with knives, including a meat cleaver. ‘They were hacking at this poor guy, literally,’ he told LBC.
Metropolitan Police Commander Simon Letchford confirmed tonight that the two attackers were shot by armed officers.
He said in a statement: ‘At approximately 1420 we were called to reports of an assault in John Wilson Street, Woolwich, where one man was being assaulted by two other men.
‘A number of weapons were reportedly being used in the attack and this included reports of a firearm.
‘Officers including local Greenwich officers arrived at the scene and shortly after firearms officers arrived on the scene.
Probe: An air ambulance can be seen landing at the scene in Woolwich, south London, this afternoon. Two men were later rushed to hospital while a third man died
‘I’m still really shaken up. When he was dead, they dragged him out into the road and left him there. It was strange, they didn’t run off, they just stood there as if they were waiting for the police.
‘It must have taken about 20 minutes for the police to arrive, I think it must’ve been because they were waiting for armed police.
‘The police officers got out of the car and the two black men ran towards them with the gun.
‘The police shot them. They fell to the ground. Then a helicopter landed. Think it must’ve been an air ambulance.
‘The paramedics got out and I think they were working on the two men to try and keep them alive.
‘I don’t know if they died, they were taken away in the helicopter. A blanket was put over the white guy lying in the road. ‘I just can’t believe what I saw.’
Until we face the fact that the problem is Islam itself we cannot take proper steps to protect the ones we love. Osama Bin Laden had warned us for years that his Islam is the Islam.
For further evidence of what I am saying just watch and see that there will be no widespread condemnation of this heinous act that occurred on the streets of London just as there was no outcry against the bombing in Boston anywhere in the Arab world.
Imagine if some maniac walked up to a soldier and began mutilating him in the name of Jesus. The roar of condemnation by millions of Christians would be deafening!
Some appeasers will say that any steps to curb Islamic violence will lead to more violence. That is patently insane and an invitation to tyranny Until the civilized world takes a unanimous stand against Islamic violence we can only expect to see a continual rise in religious anarchy.
As a Christian I am to be as harmless as a dove. That means that I must possess a Spirit-controlled temperament On the other hand I am to as wise as a serpent. As believers we cannot be confused about the dangers of today. Absolutely we must trust God for divine protection but we cannot mute our soul against divine warnings.