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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Treason By The New York Times

There is no excuse for the NYT, LAT, and WSJ to publish classifed information about a perfectly legal intelligence operation. They were asked not to publish this story because the operation was a great help in the war on terror and to publish it would compromise National Security.
They did it anyway and I hope Homeland Security does file charges.
Liberals will sell their own country out if they think it will lead them back to power.

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee urged the Bush administration Sunday to seek criminal charges against The New York Times for reporting on a secret financial-monitoring program used to trace terrorists.

"I am asking the Attorney General to begin an investigation and prosecution of The New York Times _ the reporters, the editors and the publisher," said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. "We're at war, and for the Times to release information about secret operations and methods is treasonous."



Blogger Ma Titwonky said...

Exactly! I couldn't agree more with the commentary you've included with this story.

1:18 PM  
Blogger threecollie said...

I also agree!

3:31 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

Not quite:

http://www.salon.com/politics/wa...anks/ index.html

Is it a leak if it wasn't a secret in the first place?

George W. Bush has said that it was "disgraceful" for the media to report that the United States is monitoring bank transactions. Republican Rep. Peter King has called for a criminal prosecution of the reporters involved, and the National Review has demanded that the White House revoke the New York Times' press credentials.

There's just one little problem here. The transaction-monitoring program described by the Times and other media outlets wasn't much of a secret anyway. As the Boston Globe reports today, "public records -- government documents posted on the Internet, congressional testimony, guidelines for bank examiners, and even an executive order President Bush signed in September 2001 -- describe how US authorities have openly sought new tools to track terrorist financing since 2001."

Among those records is a public report prepared for the United Nations Security Council in 2002, a report that specifically acknowledged that the U.S. government was monitoring transactions through the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT. "The United States has begun to apply new monitoring techniques to spot and verify suspicious transactions," the report said, and it recommended that other countries begin to do the same.

One of the report's authors, a former U.S. diplomat named Victor Comras, tells the Globe that the United States has "spent the last four years bragging [about] how effective we have been in tracking terrorist financing." Unless terrorists were "pretty dumb" Comras says, they had to have known all along that the U.S. government was watching their financial transactions.

2:21 AM  
Blogger Senor said...

Mike, there is a big difference between telling people one of the ways we will fight terror is by monitoring the money flow and telling them exactly how we are doing it.

The NYT ran a story shortly after 9-11 demanding that Bush follow the money trail and now they expose every detail of the program to subvert it. Lets face facts, the NYT is against the war and does everything it can to help the other side.

Americans are sick of it. And Dems will pay dearly at the ballot box, you can count on it.

7:01 AM  

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