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The Freedom Flow of Information Act would protect journalists from punishment if they decline to identify confidential sources in federal law enforcement proceedings

The Obama administration wants to create a federal media shield law by bringing an old bill back to life. 

Ed Pagano, President Obama’s Senate liaison, called Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday morning to inquire about a version of a 2009 bill called the Freedom Flow of Information Act. 

The Freedom Flow of Information Act would protect journalists from punishment if they decline to identify confidential sources in federal law enforcement proceedings. It would also allow journalists to ask a federal judge to destroy subpoenas for their phone records.

The bill would provide different levels of protection for journalists. Civil cases would receive the greatest protection, criminal cases would be similar (except the reporter would have to try and abolish the subpoena through a “clear and convincing” standard showing that the free flow of information is more important than the needs of law enforcement) and national security cases would lean in favor of the government. 

There were a couple of different versions of the bill, but the Obama administration is looking to recover the one supported by Schumer. It was jointly created by the newspaper industry and the White House, and even approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a bipartisan 15-to-4 vote in December 2009. However, issues with Wikileaks exposing confidential government information on the internet put the bill on hold.


President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder

The decision to bring this bill back to life comes amid controversy surrounding the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) subpoena to retrieve calling records of Associated Press reporters. 

DOJ used a subpoena (approved by Deputy James M. Cole) to obtain over 20 phone numbers from the Associated Press, including personal phones of AP editors/columnists and AP business phone numbers in New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Washington. 

Furthermore, the DOJ did this without any advance notice. This puts the Associated Press' other private sources at risk and violates freedom of the press.

The reason for the subpoena was related to an article in which an unnamed government official leaked an account of a failed May 2012 bomb plot on an aircraft flying into the U.S. -- which involved the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda.

“This kind of law would balance national security needs against the public’s right to the free flow of information," said Schumer in regards to the Freedom Flow of Information Act. "At minimum, our bill would have ensured a fairer, more deliberate process in this case.”

Source: The New York Times



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RE: Damage control
By Reclaimer77 on 5/16/2013 5:30:56 PM , Rating: 0
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You don't give a fuck about what the President is doing.


I most certainly do. To believe otherwise is a clear sign of a deranged mind.

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None of you dumbasses actually care about what is happening you only care about championing the party or political ideology you support.


Again, I clearly care. Why do you feel the need to tell others whey they care about?

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For fucks sake the Republicans control the House and pass all kinds of batshit crazy unconstitutional shit literally monthly.


????

Uhh can you please list some of these "crazy" things the House has somehow passed? For five years anything the House has passed has been veto-bait for Obama, but okay, I'll play along.

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You are anti-Democrat.


Wow what an amazing revelation! How did you ever come to this conclusion?

I would think at this point it would be hard for anyone with half a brain to support the goals of the Democrat party.

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I'm so fucking sick and tired...


Sounds like a personal problem. The door is ------------> way tayb.


RE: Damage control
By Spuke on 5/16/2013 6:25:23 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah, this is gonna be goooood.


RE: Damage control
By DigitalFreak on 5/16/2013 7:56:28 PM , Rating: 2
"I would think at this point it would be hard for anyone with half a brain to support the goals of the Democrat party."

I would think at this point it would be hard for anyone with half a brain to support the goals of EITHER party.


RE: Damage control
By anactoraaron on 5/16/2013 10:27:24 PM , Rating: 1
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Uhh can you please list some of these "crazy" things the House has somehow passed? For five years anything the House has passed has been veto-bait for Obama, but okay, I'll play along.


I would call the 37 attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) both bat-sh1t crazy and incredibly wasteful. I thought this was the party of cutting big government waste? How much money does each of these pointless votes cost taxpayers? I say 'pointless' as there will never ever even be a bill in front of the president to veto yet they keep trying and wasting time and taxpayer money anyway.

Sure, for party ideological reasons try to repeal it 2 or 3 times to show that you're opposed to it and then GET BACK TO DOING YOUR ELECTED JOB. 37 times... omfg


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