Before you dismiss someone as paranoid or delusional, we urge you to remember that laws are not passed for things that do not exist. We've entered into a dangerous age when people can harm people without ever coming into contact with them, and without being seen. And to date, the perpetrators have been able to rely on disbelief and lack of public education to keep this technology a secret. Today we believe that this was what Edward Snowden wanted us to know but the media did not report it.
Investigative reporter Carl Bernstein on Tuesday called the scandal involving the Department of Justice secretly securing telephone records of Associated Press reporters and editors a "nuclear event."
"This is outrageous," Bernstein said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "It is totally inexcusable. This administration has been terrible on this subject from the beginning.
"The object of it is to intimidate people who talk to reporters," he said. "This was an accident waiting to become a nuclear event, and now it's happened."
The development represents the latest collision of news organizations and federal investigators over government efforts to prevent the disclosure of national security information, and it comes against a backdrop of an aggressive policy by the Obama administration to rein in leaks, according to The New York Times.