Blog Buzz: Obama, Can You Hear Me Now?

The blogosphere reacts to the news that the government has been secretly collecting phone data from cell phone customers.

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All of the opprobrium you should feel at the government's ridiculously broad surveillance powers needs to be directed at CONGRESS, which keeps approving them while voting they stay secret.…No one will respond to this by voting out their representatives or Senators during the next election because, despite the temporary outcry, Americans (including the Congressmen and Senators who tried to add amendments) don't care about this very much.None of you will stop voluntarily giving Verizon (or AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc.) your personal information out of the fear that they might be legally compelled to hand it over to an intelligence agency through a legal process. Because, at the end of the day, you really don't care about this very much either. At least, you don't care enough to go out of your way to change it.[ Read the U.S. News Debate: Should Probable Cause Be Required for Police to Use Cell Phone Location Data?]Ed Morrissey of Hot Air explored the possible administration reactions to the Guardian report, concluding that it will most certainly look into the source of the information:
Of  course there will be a leak investigation.  After all, there  was a leak, no?  Leak investigations in and of themselves aren't all that controversial — it's the  method of investigation that has been the scandal. [Pete] Williams reports that Eric Holder told him that he's not interested in prosecuting reporters as leakers, which is the opposite of what the Holder-approved warrant on James Rosen claimed in three different federal courts, which named him as a co-conspirator in espionage in order to gain unlimited access to his e-mail and other communications records.  On the AP case, the DoJ bypassed the federal regulations covering media records seizures, which is why someone on the  Morning Joe set sardonically comments that this isn't likely to make reporters feel any better.Will the DoJ name Glenn Greenwald a spy in their warrant when they get around to investigating the leak?  After all, the leak put counter-terrorism strategies into the open, which is the core of the "aiding the enemy" construct in the Bradley Manning trial, and the nature of the material is much more sensitive than Rosen sought in the Kim case.  Stay tuned, and maybe Glenn should start thinking about covert communication strategies, too.