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Up on the Board: AP phone records, school taxes, and clothing retailers' disclosure

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the media following

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the media following a vote in the House of Representatives at the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Louisiana office in New Orleans, Louisiana. (June 28, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

The editorial board is outraged by revelations that federal prosecutors secretly obtained records of calls for more than 20 telephone lines belonging to the Associated Press and its journalists, including their cellphones and home phones. There may be an issue of national security here, but at the moment, there are too many unanswered questions to make that judgment. Such as, were all other avenues pursued to discover the source of a leak about a potential plot in Yemen? Were American lives in danger? Did a judge oversee the subpoena’s issue?

Board member Alvin Bessent said his initial reaction is that the probe seems overly broad. “It sounds like they could be on a fishing expedition,” he said.

Our editorial for tomorrow intends to emphasize the importance of a free press. We think that the public, in general, doesn’t value press freedom highly enough. Of course, we understand that it must be balanced with national security.

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We’re meeting with Rep. Steve Israel today.

Also on the docket this week are the school tax cap, the new suggested LIPA structure from the governor’s office, and the importance of disclosing of retailers’ clothing sources, following the horrific factory fire in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100.

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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday, Newsday Westchester and amNew York.

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