Carol Platt Liebau: MSM Outrage

Thursday, June 22, 2006

MSM Outrage

It is the worst of Times -- The New York Times and LA Times, that is. Against the expressed passionate requests of the Bush Administration based on national security concerns, both organs nonetheless chose to publish more stories about a completely legal effort to track global financial transfers so as to find and catch terrorists.

How contemptible . . . the papers are essentially tipping off terrorists. When the Founding Fathers provided for a "free press," it's hard to believe that this is what they were hoping for -- "journalists" who couldn't wait to expose secret programs designed to protect the country.

Americans should contact the top ten advertisers in each paper -- and let them know that the shame that attaches to these papers is likewise shared by those who support them.


Blogger Dittohead said...

This isn't news to Al Qaeda. The administration had claimed years ago to have seezed much of their assets and to have tracked their funding sources.

The real news is that they apparently illegally searched American citizen's financial data.

Robert Mueller was on Larry King and said what they did was illegal.

It looks like more oversite work for Arlen Specter and his judiuary committee.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

I better clarify some thing. I'm not sure Mueller was saying this program was illegal or the purchasing of financial data from commerical sources as reported a day or so ago.

11:37 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

What do you suppose they were doing with "American citizen's financial data"?

7:17 AM  
Blogger amber said...

What makes you think this is illegal? I don't thin any of this 'spying' is illegal. If it bothers you, then be careful. Our government is here to protect us from harm, not protect you from people knowing who you really are. For example. I really enjoy shooting, however, I refuse to put my name on a list so that I can be identified as a gun owner. I do not belong to the NRA or to any ranges, other than my permit to cary and purchase, the government has no clue what I have and what I cary. My way of protecting myself. I also pay for ammunition with cash. For those of you anti gunners this may sound like I am a scary person, but not really, I just like to shoot and I would prefer to not have a ruby ridge incident at my home.

7:23 AM  
Blogger suek said...

I'd like to see these people prosecuted for treason.

And the person who leaked the info to them. That person had to be in a sensitive position. Until someone is thrown in jail for some of these leaks, they'll continue.

8:45 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

"completely legal effort to track global financial transfers so as to find and catch terrorists."

My comment is that one's motives for blabbing to the terrorists about this program are surely opposition to catching terrorists. What better way to prevent capture of terrorists than to blab to them that, "the cops are coming." Geez.

8:59 AM  
Blogger ELC said...

They keep getting away with revealing classified information. And they'll keep on doing so until they don't get away with it anymore. The fault now lies, I say, with the Bush administration that frets and frets but does not prosecute treasonous criminals who tell our enemies what they need to know to figure out how to kill us.

9:22 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

I agree, time to indict the Times. Both of 'em.

amber, GREAT idea that 2nd amendment! Have citizens able to protect the country from overthrow by lunatics...brilliant!

12:21 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Fine opinions but, why do you think the founding fathers, in all their wisdom, who laid the foundation for a great nation, demanded a free press?

12:30 PM  
Blogger suek said...

That free press...right. I can live with the free press. I have no respect for them, but I grudge them their rights. Nevertheless, they got their info from _someone_. I heard somewhere today that it was from people who had done or were doing contracting for the Feds. If that's true, their contracts cover this sort of thing. At the very least, they should be facing jail time.

1:55 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

The prolific dittohead has asserted that "they" "apparently illegally searched American citizen's financial data".

Was that the information of all American citizens? (All 300 million or so of us?) Or just some? And, for that matter, are you certain they were citizens? Not everyone within these borders are citizens, of course.

For that matter, did dittohead, upon learning of this "apparent" unlawful search, immediately change his or her PIN? Because obviously someone in the Bush Administration now must surely know it.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...


I repeated what the news was reporting. Their reason for going to print with the story (they claim) is that they think 4th amendment rights were violated. I personally have made no claims as to whether laws were broken or not.

Very likely this will be investigated by Congress and we'll learn more in the process.

Please try to stop being so paranoid and defensive!

4:46 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

So, to sum up, you don't feel YOUR financial information was compromised?

Do you think that anybody's was, really?

6:16 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Dittohead said:

"Very likely this will be investigated by Congress and we'll learn more in the process."

Not by this congress. The administration could start a program of randomly killing American citizens walking down the sidewalk, and once it was revealed, this congress would scream that those who revealed it were threatening America's safety and should be executed.

And of course, Carol and her chorus would agree. Whatever Daddy goverment does is okay as long as they keep the big, bad, scary brown people away.

The only was Congress will investigate this new assault on our civil liberties is if we have a Democratic Congress in the Fall.

8:23 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

big, bad, scary brown people away.


3:29 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Dittohead wrote, "Very likely this will be investigated by Congress and we'll learn more in the process."

And why do you believe this? What significant issues raised by the Bush administration have ever been investigated by the Republican Rubberstamp Congrees we have now?

Are you expecting Sen. Pat "Bush Lapdog" Roberts R-BrownNose or Sen. Arlen "Gutless Worm" Specter R-Spineless, to actually uphold their oath of office? Why?

What evidence have you seen that the Republicans who control Congress are more than whining yip-yappy terriers? Spinless apple polishers, the Republican Rubberstamp Congress is content to let President Bush do whatever he pleases because he's a Republican. You apparently expect this to change--why?

Please tell me you have something to hang your hat on--I could really use any ray of hope. Unfortunately, I just don't see one emanating from this Republican Rubberstamp Congress.

6:29 AM  

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