We shouldn’t be surprised that President Obama’s administration essentially spied on the Associate Press. Prior to the 2008 election journalist James Risen of the New York Times reported on the powers that awaited Bush’s successor. It didn’t really matter who succeeded Bush. The power is too tempting. Dick Cheney was right when he said in 2008 that Obama would be grateful for the expanded authority:
“I believe very deeply, in a strong executive, and I think that’s essential in this day and age. And I think the Obama administration is not likely to cede that authority back to the Congress. I think they’ll find that given a challenge they face, they’ll need all the authority they can muster.” (Dick Cheney in the Huffington Post)
Obama wasn’t the first to use this power and he won’t be the last.