Split because this deserves to be an independent topic.
Not least because it seems AP phone records were seized using National Security Letters, not via the usual legal methods. In particular, the timeframe of the seized records seem to strongly suggest this has to do with St Brennan of the Signature Drone Strikes.http://bigstory.ap.org/article/govt-obtains-wide-ap-phone-records-probe
In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.
Around the end of April, Brennan took over from JSOC on the drone program and rapidly expanded the scope and the input on the drone strikes other US agencies had.
In May, AP News finally released the story on the Saudi infiltrator plot, aka Underwear Bomber strikes back. There was a huge row at the time between the White House and AP over that, as the White House kept delaying on making any kind of comment about a Saudi agent being responsible for foiling the plot, implying it was all hard work on the behalf of US intelligence.
Is that the smell of a grudge in the air?