Originally Posted by alnorth
There is nothing they could possibly be lying about in this case which would be relevant to the discussion.
We know for a fact that this leak was a threat to national security. We know for a fact that they could not find the leak internally.
Those two facts are pretty much all we need to know to justify what they did here.
First of all, we don't know what kind of threat to national security this was unless we take the administration's word for it. Second, we don't know that they tried enough more reasonable, non-press-chilling approaches.
For just one example of how they went beyond necessary, why did they need to seize these records secretly? Why couldn't they have accomplished the same thing while informing the AP that they were doing it? It's not like the AP has the ability to delete their phone records.