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July 07, 2005
Journalism Under Fire

No, not Miller.

South of here, in Texas, in fact, a real journalist is under pressure from the Feds.

On May 24, 2005, Agents Carlos Salazar and Steve White of ICE's Office of Professional Responsibility unit visited the San Antonio, Texas, workplace of journalist Bill Conroy in a very unprofessional attempt to intimidate Mr. Conroy into revealing sources of non-classified information and documents embarrassing to the Department and to the U.S. Attorney's office for the San Antonio, Texas, region. Agent Salazar, with another agent, additionally went to the home of Mr. Conroy and behaved in an intimidating manner toward the journalist's wife and children.


Since it is well known throughout Washington that federal agents do not, as a rule, visit journalists in attempts to discover sources without authorization from the U.S. Attorney with jurisdiction, the behavior of the agents is seen as an attempt by U.S. Attorney Sutton to intimidate a journalist who has reported facts that are embarrassing to him.

Another fun part:

According to Mr. Conroy's publisher at the San Antonio Business Journal, agents Salazar and White told him that a document published by Mr. Conroy on Narco News, embarrassing to the Department of Homeland Security, was not classified but that the agents were seeking to find out the identity of the source out of a purely speculative fear that Mr. Conroy's source "might leak classified documents in the future."

It's nice to know that that silly 'innocent until proven guilty' thing isn't getting in the government's way as they prosecute their war on the gullible public 'terror'.

Those rightwing warmongers who want to experience war without, you know, being in any danger, can play the army's video game. (Via CMO)

That's not really my kind of thing, though, so when I have a moment, I'm going to read about forming mass movements.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:06 PM


Thanks for finding this. I linked to you.

Posted by: eRobin at July 9, 2005 08:36 AM

Thank you.

Posted by: Anne at July 11, 2005 04:24 PM