Originally Posted by alnorth
It was necessary. You haven't shown why they need to jump through every last hoop before this step.
Perhaps they need to see if they can find the leak internally without involving the press, but they tried that. They were unable to find the leak internally.
From that point, given that the feds now have to legally attack the press, and that the leak threatened our national security, I have no objection with proceeding straight to the phone records and not bothering with waiting 6 months or a year, twiddling their thumbs while hoping a reporter breaks.
This was not drugs or a bank robbery, someone cost us a very valuable resource in a terrorist organization, and for all we know they were poised to continue their irresponsible leaks that threaten national security. Speed was a factor.
That's what I'd say if I were willing to accept everything the administration tells us at face value without giving it much critical thought too, I guess.