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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: typical politicrap
By Reclaimer77 on 5/16/2013 5:41:56 PM , Rating: 1
lol that's all you have isn't it? You honestly don't see how bankrupt that line of thinking is?

Fine I'll play that game:

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All of this wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Bush setting up for this sort of abuse to happen.


Oh well Bush couldn't have set that all up if it wasn't for Clinton! So everything happening now, is REALLY Clinton's fault.

Are you tired of being THAT goddamned lame yet?

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It started with the previous administration.


/facepalm

Yeah you are so right. President's were simply unable to abuse their position until that fucking George Bush came along and ruined it for all of us.

Dude are you THAT stupid?


RE: typical politicrap
By ven1ger on 5/16/2013 6:00:35 PM , Rating: 2
Guess you don't practice what you preach.

Thought you were done discussing Bush about 6 minutes ago...

Also wasn't it Clinton fault that 9/11 happened? Bush and his admin, kept saying that Clinton's admin, never saw it coming. Gee, and so guess the Clinton budget surplus he left behind is the cause of the severe recession under Bush and the lost of all those jobs.

Sorry, Reclaimer, guess logic fails you, maybe next time I'll just do like you and proclaim let's kill all the Right-Wing Nuts. Or like what a lot of Right-Wingers used to say, this is America, love it or leave it, don't let the door hit you in the backside.


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