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June 28, 2006

'Exposing Finance-monitoring Program Amounts To Spying For Terrorists.'

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

Austin Bay writes at TCS that the exposure of a legal and productive counter-terror intelligence operation on the front page of the June 23 edition of The New York Times in collaboration with "agenda-ed, unnamed "leakers" is only the latest abusive and dangerous example of this Beltway hustle, and that "Leakers" in this particular case, is too weak a term -- exposing the finance-monitoring program amounts to spying for terrorists:

[...] The New York Times acknowledged the program it exposed was limited "to tracing transactions of people suspected of having ties to al-Qaida by reviewing records from the nerve center of the global banking industry ..." The paper also admitted these intelligence operations helped nab al-Qaida's Southeast Asia terror kingpin, Hambali, the man who planned the 2002 Bali massacre.

The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall St Journal also published the story -- "me, too" popinjays after The New York Times blabbed.

International bank records are fair game for intel teams attempting to track terrorist finances and contacts. A tainted religious mania propels al-Qaida's killers, but money fuels their operations, buys their bombs and secures their safehouses. The 9-11 commission said surveillance of terrorist financing was critical to stopping terrorist attacks and destroying terrorist organizations.

So why expose this fruitful, legal operation? Why expose necessary secrets that protect American lives?

The simple power to do it is one explanation -- and that's the power of a bully. Add arrogance and greed, and we have a "most likely" explanation. The New York Times obviously believes it can expose intelligence secrets and pay no penalty.

What the NYT did was essentially "manufactured sensationalism, and as Austin Bay points out, selling newspapers is one benefit, but when the "revelation," amounts to nothing more than "manufactured sensationalism" the NYT has demonstrated it will manufacture scandal no matter the national cost. In regard to freedom of the press, he goes on to say that;

"The founders gave freedom of the press to the people," ... "They didn't give freedom to the press. Keller positions himself as some sort of constitutional high priest, when in fact the 'freedom of the press' the Framers described was also called 'freedom in the use of the press.'"

The Constitution gives people the right to bear arms. It doesn't give them the right to commit murder.

Read the entire article...

So, can it not be argued that when Americans are killed from actions such as undertaken by the NYT and others, in essentially spying for the terrorists, they have participating in the killing just as surely as if they themselves had personallycommitted the act?

It's a reasonable question, folks.

Posted by Richard at June 28, 2006 4:46 PM

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