The leaders of your country come to your office and implore you not to print a story that reveals the ins and outs of an ongoing operation being utilized in the war on terror. It is clear that the program has been a success and it is also clear that the program is entirely legal.
Even Super-Hawk-War-Hero Jack Murtha implores you not to print the story.
But you print it anyway. WHY?
Some people would go so far as to say, "this is no big deal, Bush said years ago that one of the ways we would fight terror is by following the money trail".
True, but he didn't spell out in detail how we would go about doing that. In fact, many very high level bankers were completely unaware of the SWIFT program.
Clearly, the Bali Bomber wasn't aware of it, because that's how we captured him.
The real questions to ask:
What did the public gain by having this story published? NOTHING. Except to know that their government was using every possible resource at their disposal to fight the war on terror and they were doing it in a legal manner.
What did the terrorists gain from the publishing of this story? Certainly more than 'nothing'.
We are soooooooooo lucky that the New York Times didn't know we had cracked the Germans Enigma Code back in WWII.....they wouldn't have been able to resist the urge.
By the way, scroll down this page to the story of the NYT's retaliation against the WH.....