HOT BLAST: Prosecutors have a big toolbox when it comes to collecting private data
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Attorney General Eric Holder is questioned about the Justice Department secretly obtaining two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press, during a news conference at the Justice Department Tuesday.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Attorney General Eric Holder is questioned about the Justice Department secretly obtaining two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press, during a news conference at the Justice Department Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Plenty of updates today on the AP phone records case.

“The president feels strongly that we need the press to be able to be unfettered in its pursuit of investigative journalism,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday at his daily briefing. “He is also mindful of the need for secret and classified information to remain secret and classified in order to protect our national security interests.”

FOREIGN POLICY's blog:The leak that triggered the AP phone probe scandal

THINK PROGRESS: What Can Be Done To Prevent DOJ From Spying On Journalists In The Future

USA TODAY: AG Holder recused himself from AP probe

BUZZFEED: Morphing Obama into Nixon

The most useful may be this explainer from ProPublica: No Warrant, No Problem: How The Government Can Still Get Your Digital Data

Here's a snippet: "The U.S. government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI to the Internal Revenue Service, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day. Authorities can often obtain your emails and texts by going to Google or AT&T with a simple subpoena. Usually you won’t even be notified." [Emphasis ours]
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