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Obama administration's AP snooping: That's a funny way to ask us to trust it with even more surveillance powers.
Two weeks ago, headlines about telecommunications privacy covered the Obama administration pushing for expanded authority to compel online services to decrypt and turn over user data: http://www.project-disco.org/privacy/050113-government-to-industry-secure-your-systems-but-also-make-them-easy-to-wiretap/
Today, they're all about the Associated Press's revelation that the Justice Department tracked which numbers as many as 100 AP reporters called from their office, mobile and home numbers for two months: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/govt-obtains-wide-ap-phone-records-probe
The AP's account suggests the investigation centered on a story about a foiled terror plot--not because it threatened national security, but because the White House wanted to break the news first.
The administration is now getting deservedly hammered for this snooping. I can only hope that halts its plan to expand online surveillance... unless journalism's image is so bad that the Feds putting the AP under a microscope is seen as a good thing.