The New Yorker reports that the Obama administration “fought to keep a search warrant for James Rosen’s private e-mail account secret, arguing to a federal judge that the government might need to monitor the account for a lengthy period of time.”
They fought to keep it secret so they could keep looking at his emails.
via New Yorker
US attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. wrote e-mails“are commonly used by subjects or targets of the criminal investigation at issue, and the e-mail evidence derived from those compelled disclosures frequently forms the core of the Government’s evidence supporting criminal charges.”
He argued that disclosure of the search warrant would preclude the government from monitoring the account, should such a step become necessary in the investigation. Machen added that “some investigations are continued for many years because, while the evidence is not yet sufficient to bring charges, it is sufficient to have identified criminal subjects and/or criminal activity serious enough to justify continuation of the investigation.”
This is after Eric Holder swore before Congress two weeks ago that he would never approve a warrant like this.
Don’t worry, Eric Holder will investigate himself. He’s also investigating the IRS scandal – that should put your mind at ease.