Former CBS Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has a new book coming out on November 4th. It’s called Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, and boy does it have a lot of juicy information.
First and least importantly – CBS killed her coverage of the Benghazi scandal, as well as her stories on the Fast and Furious scandal. It seems that CBS was not interested in having the truth come out about these subjects. Was that because of liberal bias and love for the Obama administration – or was it about more banal concerns like ratings?
My cynical mind thinks it’s all about the liberal bias.
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CBS probably could have made a lot of money letting Attkisson run with her stories on Fast and Furious and Benghazi – because conservatives would have been tuning in to hear the latest. In fact, I bet CBS would have seen a massive increase in viewership while running her stories… but they chose to kill her investigations instead. This is made all the more saddening when you consider that Attkisson was getting closer to the truth than anyone else has since both of these scandals broke. Had CBS supported her investigations… we’d probably already know for sure what happened in Benghazi and what happened with Fast and Furious.
More importantly though, is Attkisson’s revelations about the lengths that the government went to discredit her and to watch her.
In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed.
“This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.
She speculates that the motive was to lay the groundwork for possible charges against her or her sources.
The breach was accomplished through an “otherwise innocuous e-mail” …
“The intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool,” …
Attkisson says her source — identified only as “Number One” — told her the spying was most likely not court-authorized because it went on far longer than most legal taps.
But the most shocking finding, she says, was the discovery of three classified documents that Number One told her were “buried deep in your operating system. In a place that, unless you’re a some kind of computer whiz specialist, you wouldn’t even know exists.”
“They probably planted them to be able to accuse you of having classified documents if they ever needed to do that at some point,” Number One added.
This is an incredible breach of the public trust. It attacks the core of our Bill of Rights, violating the First, Fourth, Fifth and possibly even the Sixth Amendments! Sharyl Attkisson deserves redress, but so do we, the American people. The government that is allowed to trample our Constitutional rights whenever it chooses is a despotic one. If the government, or someone in the government, can do this to a famous CBS reporter without any fear of repercussion… it’s proof that we no longer live in a free society governed by laws.
The claims that Sharyl Attkisson makes in her new book are devastating and important. If nothing is done about this it speaks very negatively of where our country is today.
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