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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

All The Treason That's Fit To Print?

"The Paper Of Reckless Record," or maybe "The Old Seditious Lady?" However you wish to describe it, the New York Times is making some rather dubious publishing decisions of late, that have compromised national security for no obvious reason other than partisan politics. The New York Post definitely has an opinion on the matter:
...the paper [New York Times] has done more than merely try to embarrass the Bush administration these last few months.

It has published classified information — and thereby knowingly blown the covers of secret programs and agencies engaged in combating the terrorist threat.

The most notorious example was the paper's disclosure some 10 days ago that, since 9/11, the Bush administration has "secretly" engaged in warrantless eavesdropping on U.S.-based international phone calls and e-mails.

It's not secret anymore, of course — though the folks who reacted to the naming of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative aren't exactly shrieking for another grand jury investigation.

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Does The New York Times consider it self a law unto itself — free to subversively undercut basic efforts by any government to protect and defend its citizens?

The Times, it appears, is less concerned with promoting its dubious views on civil liberties than with undercutting the Bush administration. The end result of the paper's flagrant irresponsibility: Lives have been put in danger on the international, national and local levels.

The ability of the nation to perform the most fundamental mission of any government — protection of its citizens — has been pointlessly compromised.

I'm not sure it rises to the level of treason, but it certainly can be called imprudent and irresponsible. As the New York Post concluded, "The New York Times — a once-great and still-powerful institution — is badly in need of adult supervision."

U P D A T E : Just so the New York Times doesn't feel like a lonely Benedict Arnold, US News & World Report can play the part of Major John Andre. Based on an article published in US News, CAIR is now requesting a list of Muslim homes, businesses, mosques targeted under secret program - no doubt to warn any potentional terrorists that they are being watched. As Michelle Malkin said:

Thanks, US News. Next time, why not just hand over whatever classified information you obtain directly to al Qaeda?

If only these MSM blabbermouths invested as much energy exposing the terrorist sympathies and connections of CAIR as they did in exposing every last Bush administration counterterrorism measure to protect American lives, they'd fully understand the damage they have done.
More on CAIR here.
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