Originally Posted by Amnorix
I assume you're willing to admit your massive bias on this? If it were Bush/Cheney holding office instead of Obama/Biden, you'd have the same position that alnorth has stated, right?
Despite the rampant national-security-harming leaks (far worse than this one, based on what we've been told about it so far) that took place during the Bush administration, they never even came close to this kind of thing. I think they should have done more to stop those leaks, but I don't think it would ever be necessary to perform such a broad sweep of phone records from a press organization over a single story. Given that it's hard for me to fathom this going on with Bush/Cheney in the WH, it's hard for me to answer your question.
Another way to put this is that I'm very hawkish about stopping national security leaks and even I think this is too much. I'd rather prosecute journalists who specifically publish leaks under the espionage laws of our country than persecute journalists more broadly.