The most amazing part of the press conference yesterday is when Attorney General Eric Holder turned the fear mongering up to 11 while trying to defend the way his department went after the AP’s phone records. From Holder (via WSJ)
Well, you know, as I said, I don’t know all that went into the formulation of the subpoena. This was a very serious — a very serious leak, a very, very serious leak. I’ve been a prosecutor since 1976 and I have to say that this is among — if not the most serious, it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that I’ve ever seen. It put the American people at risk. And that is not hyperbole. It put the American people at risk. And trying to determine who was responsible for that, I think, required very aggressive action.
That is five “very” and five “serious” in just two sentences. Apparently, our constitutional protections don’t apply if something passes the three “very” mark.
The problem is that according to the AP the leak was not nearly as serious as Holder is now trying to claim. From the AP:
We believe it is related to AP’s May 2012 reporting that the U.S. government had foiled a plot to put a bomb on an airliner to the United States. We held that story until the government assured us that the national security concerns had passed. Indeed, the White House was preparing to publicly announce that the bomb plot had been foiled.
The White House had said there was no credible threat to the American people in May of 2012.
Holder proves the Bush administration isn’t the only one capable of using baseless fear mongering to justify violating the principles of our Constitution.