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Published: Monday, May 20 2013 4:14 p.m. MDT

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conservative scientist
Lindon, UT

This is definitely the most open and transparent administration of all time!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

More evidence of liberals thinking they can bully anyone who disagrees with them.

And it all represents the leader of their party, barack obama

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

This administration is completely unhinged. We get what we elected.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

First attack the second amendment and soften people's ideals about the constitution, then target the first amendment while they believe the rhetoric about how antiquated constitutional ideals are. Looks like this administration is running things by the liberal playbook, and losing in the process...maybe they aren't so "progressive" and "forward-thinking" after all.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

It would appear that investigative journalism by perceived administration enemies is becoming criminal. That's not a good sign for liberalism. They are joining several past Republican administrations in having an enemy list.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Don't blame me, I voted for Mitt

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. Obama is inspirational, but so were many politicians who have gone awry. As the truth emerges about Mr. Obama and his administration, slick rhetoric has given way to stylistic changes, opacity, deception and stone walling. Having voted for Mr. Obama four years ago I am the most betrayed. His supporters are defensive, his enemies are delighted and those of us who actually expected a change are very disappointed.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

4601
I hate to tell you this but we did get change, a banana republic.

BrentBot
Salt Lake City, UT

Does anyone now doubt that Obama's administration has "intimigate" in full force? Are we a Third World country now, with no people with any scruples in charge?

A1994
Centerville, UT

@4601

Those who actually expected change didn't bother looking at the label. He's from Chicago. It is the dirtiest political scene in America. Intimidation and corruption are legendary there. I am not surprised by this at all.

Max
Charlotte, NC

Obama does seem to operate like a dictator of third world country. This is his mindset. This is what he knows. Use government to bully and intimidate.

I think we are going to start seeing "I Voted For Mitt" bumper stickers.

RG
Buena Vista, VA

To Conservative Scientist, Coach B, Chris B, Hemlock, BrentBot, Ute Alumni, 4601,
Cougsndawgs, and Uncle Rico: I couldn't have said it better myself.
Similar to Uncle Rico, I also say, I also voted for Mitt. Many of us did not allow Obama to pull the wool over our eyes. We knew his "hope and change" were really hopeless and bad change. But I honor those such as 4601 who show us that repentance is possible.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

This is just another example of how the media feels it can report on items of national security, that they can put peoples lives in danger, so that they can have a by-line. I wish we had more facts about what the top secret materials were that had been passed to this journalist.... it may be nothing. Or it may have been information that could have put us anti-terroist operations in danger. We just don't know yet.

What I do know though is this was a breach by a news organization that was forced to close its paper in England for hacking into peoples personal email and voicemail accounts - in one case hacking the phone number of an abducted young girl - deleting the saved messages - and monitoring the families communications.

Freedom of the Press does not include breaking and entering, violating others privacy, or putting the public in danger. They are subject to the same laws everyone else is. It is amazing the outrage from the NRA types about the publishing of public documents about gun owners, yet if top secret government documents are published - it is the governments fault for trying to stop the leaks.

Itsjstmeagain
Merritt Island, Fl

How does this differ from the "Patriot Act" law?

Classified info is being fed to a newspaper. Don't you want to find the spy? Just how many violations of our privacy has occured since 2000, or is it we want it both ways? I will enjoy it when the mean old white guys are voted out, then we can have a discussion in Washington.

sixpacktr
Murfreesboro, TN

I just have to ask the question of why we are still putting up with this administration? We have Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS targeting conservative groups, and the wiretapping of journalists. Add the coming story of gunrunning to Syria thru Turkey via Libya, and you have an overwhelming case of a government and administration completely out of control. And the excuse by the Dear Leader? 'I didn't know about ANY of this'. That is disturbing no matter how you slice it. Either 1) he's lying (my personal opinion) or 2) he is so incompetent that he lets anyone and everyone run wild doing whatever they want.

And yet 47& think he's doing a bang up job and will support him against the 'racists' that dare criticize him. The real problem isn't Obama--it is a complicit press and apathetic voters or those with their hands out wanting whatever they can get that are the real problem....

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Let's focus on the law that has been broken. It's called the Supreme Law of the Land. It's also called the Constitution.

1st Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, OR OF THE PRESS; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Obama does not believe that he is bound by the Constitution. He believes that his authority supersedes the Supreme Law of the Land.

Article 2, Section 4 requires that the President be removed from office for "high Crimes and Misdemeanors". Article 1, Sections 2 and 3 describe the process to be used.

Can restricting the "freedom of the press" be considered anything but high Crimes and Misdemeanors? That Amendment protects us from a President who would keep us from knowing what he is doing as President and how he is doing it.

It's time that Congress did its job and started impeachment hearings. No man is above the law, especially the man who swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

We had a chance for something better. We didn't make the right choice. Now we are living with the consequences. Will we learn our lesson? I don't know.

Oh, but I forgot. The President only learned about all this stuff from news reports.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

So Blue Devil, have you ever been to or seen film of a Pentecostal church service where one individual starts to celebrate and worship by shouting, dancing, and crying and then pretty soon someone else starts, then another, and then another until the whole congregation is eventually jumping, shouting, and singing? Well that's exactly what the Republican party and the contributors to this blog remind me of.

It started with the screams about talking points, moved on to low level bureaucrats, now it's circling the press and it's secrets about national security. This from the party who created the patriot act. But I guess what else do they have. The posters here keep using the phrase "an administration completely out of control". What's evident here is a segment of society that has lost the control they thought they had and are fighting like a drowning cat to try and gain back what they think they have lost.

What's ironic is in modern Republicanism we can lie, invade countries, crush the constitution, and oh yea, leak national security secrets including citizens names, but all the Democratic Presidents need to be impeached.

my two cents worth
Ridgefield, WA

No journalist has been prosecuted for reporting and the Justice Dept. will not prosecute Rosen. They had a search warrant not a subpoena. There was a criminal investigation going on and the DOJ was going after a potential traitor (not Rosen). A judge signed off on the warrant.

Hypothetically, what should you think be done if there was a mole in the government who was sneaking out nuclear bomb info to a reporter who reported the details with the agenda of reporting it because they were both anti war? What if that reporter were aligned with a middle eastern radical group? Would you be this angry at the FBI and DOJ (and therefore Obama) for using a search warrant?

Where is the line?

IDC
Boise, ID

Obama and his administration have made a lot of mistakes as all presidents have. I don't like Obama and I think he has the wrong vision for America. That being said, the real problem is big government. The government is too big and too powerful. We are losing our freedoms.

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