Bugging Reporters, Threats from FBI, IRS

Covert Matters Digest

 Despicable Phone Taps on Journalists or Anyone


By Harry M. Covert

Miss Marple, one of the best fictional detectives, says “tell the truth and shame the devil.” She is also known to remark that “Americans have a lot to answer for,” even if meant tongue in cheek.

Both of these aphorisms are surely appropriate today from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, and 1000 Bank Street, Richmond.

There continues to be a lot of waffling from The White House where the venerable Associated Press has admittedly been targeted for phone taps. The AP’ reporters, as well as others, are a bit fearful and wary of the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service.… Read More