About a month ago, CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson mentioned on a radio interview that she believed her computer had been hacked, and that someone had taken a look around to see what she was working on. Well, now we know that someone did indeed hack into her computer, and that they were clearly rifling through reports that she was working on, as well as removing certain material from her files. CBS news has confirmed that a security firm that they hired “has determined through forensic analysis” that “Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012.” CBS is not blaming anyone for the encroachment yet, but there has to be a serious belief that the Justice Department may be involved in this.
At the time of the invasion of her computers, Attkisson was working on a very combustible report about how the government had mishandled the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate. CBS and Attkisson have both gone to great lengths not to implicate the Justice Department, the State Department, or any other government agency.
The problem is, for those of us on the periphery just watching the day to day breaking news, we know that outside of Fox News and Jake Tapper at CNN, Sharyl Attkisson is the biggest thorn in the Obama administration’s side when it comes to media pressure for transparency. Attkisson is no partisan–she’s a pit bull – and whether it’s George W. Bush or Barrack Obama in the White House, she is going to dig for the story. Attkisson was one of the few members of the mainstream media hounding the administration about the “Fast and Furious” scandal, and the same can be said about the blunder in Benghazi and its subsequent cover-up. Put these two major scandals together, and Sharyl Attkisson singlehandedly has enough ammunition to sink most Presidencies, which makes her persona non grata at the White House.
Taking that first piece of the puzzle and putting it together with what we have learned about our federal government’s predilection for eavesdropping, snooping, and spying on Americans, and we have a scary looking picture. Over the last month or so we have learned that the Justice Department secretly stole the phone records of the Associated Press. And they didn’t stop there; next, they moved on to Fox News reporter James Rosen, literally stealing the man’s private life by accusing him of being an accomplice to a crime, when he was only doing his job. The IRS has been using private information from regular citizens to influence the electoral process, and they have been intimidating average Joes like you and me simply for holding a different political perspective. We also learned that the NSA has been keeping record of our phone calls, emails, purchases, and more since 2006. Most recently, we’ve learned that the State Department has been pressuring independent Investigator Generals to fudge legal documents and lie about investigations that they are conducting. The State Department has tried to cover up more than half a dozen possible political scandals over the last few years, and now their lies are catching up to them.
Put it together, folks. This administration will obviously do whatever it can to keep a lid on their many failures. Attkisson was about to uncover another one in Benghazi, so they tried to stop her before she could.
If the government is willing to go this far –spying on famous and influential reporters– what would they do to you if they felt you might get in their way? This is the true disaster of the NSA’s destruction of the 4th Amendment and the Justice Department’s attack on the 1st Amendment. As we allow these rights to be watered down, the government will continue to press in on them in an attempt to make them even more irrelevant. Stay vigilant my friends.
“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”
– Joseph Heller