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So let me get this straight... the DOJ will make the standards for snooping journalists' emails even weaker? Also read: DOJ to Enforce Obama’s Opinion that ‘The Future Must Not Belong to Those Who Slander the Prophet of Islam’

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Bryan Preston

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May 31, 2013 - 8:11 am

Attorney General Eric Holder has held his off-the-record meeting on press freedom with some members of the media. The meeting, which was about press freedom, can be characterized generally by those who answered Holder’s summons. Holder is even benevolently allowing them to report some specifics, but not all.

The main news, such as it is given the clamps that Holder placed on the meeting, coming out of it all is that the Justice Department will change the guidelines by which it will obtain journalists’ emails. Going forward, Justice won’t tell a judge that it believes the journalist in question is a criminal co-conspirator, as it did to Fox’s James Rosen. It will just argue that it needs them and, if the Rosen case is precedent, judge shop until it gets whatever it wants.

This is a loosening of the standards, is it not? Having been caught red-handed abusing the judicial process to obtain the private emails of a reporter who had committed no crime, the Holder Justice Department’s answer is to make it easier to go and obtain other journalists’ emails, without even bothering to accuse them of any crime…?

This is acceptable? Only if we live in a banana republic.

Also read: DOJ to Enforce Obama’s Opinion that ‘The Future Must Not Belong to Those Who Slander the Prophet of Islam’

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Law is an interesting but academic nodule on a tree somewhere in a desert to a liberal. These folks love Bradley Manning. Defense? Gay.

Liberals want a new Constitution: gay statutory rape - no problem. Hetero - get 'em. Manning - hero. Rosen - get 'em.

Since the highest form of life within liberal society is a gay, minority, female, who carries morality in a DNA knapsack (ironically because they're a no-show in 5,000 yrs. of human history) liberal notions of law flow from this.

That's why there's no such thing as illegal aliens. They're not white and so incapable of wrong-doing. Even people who blow up people are history's avengers. What's a few white joggers. There's more where they came from.

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This is what creates a banana republic. The more we let this happen, the closer we come to being one.
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Eric Holder seems to think all who do not follow his lead are Banana Republicans.
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yawn.
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I suggest that this doesn't represent Banana Republic status, but Sub-Saharan Africa.
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There is no way Holder could be forced to resign. He will keep his office as long as Obama is president.
These guys adopted the slogan that GWB used for his foreign policy - "Who is not with us is against us".
However, they applied it to their domestic policy. It has been working quite successfully, I must say.
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The US will reach a ripe Banana Republic status when the world economy
collapses, and the dollar inflates itself into the stratosphere; The question
is, what sort of government will work in the future cash-only economy ?
Nobody will like the answer, the Progressives least of all.
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This sad state of affairs will persist for the next four years - or longer. These tsarist rules and regulations will stay in effect even after Obama and Holder leave the premises. Has government ever cut back on any power it has usurped? Not to my knowledge.

How fast can a corrupt government decline? I think of the USSR. A great nation? for seventy years, then kaput. Look how far the United States has declined in a mere fifty years. Amazing, that I've lived to see the nation at its greatest and am alive to see it in its sure demise to a petty entity.

Diversity and multiculturalism are sure signals to a declining civilization. These policies, sanctioned or by chance, led to the erosion both the Greek and Roman empires, and are presenting wreaking havoc among Western nations.
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How fast can a corrupt government decline? I think of the USSR. A great nation? for seventy years, then kaput.

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A great nation? Well, maybe if you define great as powerful. But if you include an element of decency or morality in your definition, I think the Soviet Union was far from great. Lenin and his minions seized power via a coup and then gradually beat its squabbling enemies one at a time with the help of anarchists who it then killed. There was a single democratic election - which had been arranged by the Provisional Government - but Lenin simply shut down that government after a single session. After that, it was sheer dictatorship. The Communists poured virtually every available resource into building weapons and managed to become quite powerful militarily but that's pretty much ALL they had. Even the worst car took ten years from ordering to delivery and often broken down with minutes.
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Somebody rightly said of the USSR: "Upper Volta with nuclear weapons." Of course, we only learned late in the game what crap all their military hardware was, but they had enough of the crap that they might well have overwhelmed us as the did the qualitatively superior Germans in WWII.
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"Look how far the United States has declined in a mere fifty years."

I think it's pretty appalling how far America has declined since Obama got elected. I didn't vote for him but I never in my wildest dreams thought that one administration could harm the country so much in such a short time. It really sucks to be so badly wrong.
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Actually, there are many Conservatives who predicted exactly this, and that it would happen in such a short time. Such Conservatives are the types who are willing to see evil for what it is.

Do people on both sides view the other side as evil? Yes. Do both sides have evidence of same? No. Many of the Left view the 'right's views as evil. Many on the Right see the clearly evil deeds of the Left. The kind of oppression we are seeing never happens in a Republican administration. The Left is safe from retaliation by the Right, but the reverse is clearly not true. So, one side is seen as evil, but the other side is proven to be evil.
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spell check : 'presenting' should be 'presently'.
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Law is an interesting but academic nodule on a tree somewhere in a desert to a liberal. These folks love Bradley Manning. Defense? Gay.

Liberals want a new Constitution: gay statutory rape - no problem. Hetero - get 'em. Manning - hero. Rosen - get 'em.

Since the highest form of life within liberal society is a gay, minority, female, who carries morality in a DNA knapsack (ironically because they're a no-show in 5,000 yrs. of human history) liberal notions of law flow from this.

That's why there's no such thing as illegal aliens. They're not white and so incapable of wrong-doing. Even people who blow up people are history's avengers. What's a few white joggers. There's more where they came from.

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Manning's defense wasn't just that he was gay. He was gay and had a big fight with his boyfriend which caused him to betray his country. To a lefty I guess this requires even more compassion than if he were simply gay.
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"During my off-the-record meetings, all the reporters must change their underwear every 15 minutes. They must wear their underwear on the outside, so we can check"

We are already a banana republic; Holder just needs to wear camo and a large hat. We can call him el Jefe.
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With obama and his gang of thugs in our White House, we are a banana republic.
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Bryan; thanks for writing this ... because it continues to expose Holder for what he really is ... a totalitarian lower appendage.
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