Sunday, July 02, 2006

I'm A Traitor, He's A Traitor, Wouldn't Ya Like To Be A Traitor Too

From Editor and Publisher:

Also Sunday, Times' columnist Frank Rich produces a tough-talking defense. Here are a couple of excerpts:

"No sooner were the flag burners hustled offstage than a new traitor was unveiled for the Fourth: the press. Public enemy No. 1 is The New York Times, which was accused of a 'disgraceful' compromise of national security (by President Bush) and treason (by Representative Peter King of New York and the Coulter amen chorus). The Times's offense was to publish a front-page article about a comprehensive American effort to track terrorists with the aid of a Belgian consortium, Swift, which serves as a clearinghouse for some 7,800 financial institutions in 200 countries.
"It was a solid piece of journalism. But if you want to learn the truly dirty secrets of how our government prosecutes this war, the story of how it vilified The Times is more damning than anything in the article that caused the uproar...."Representative King, so eager to label others treasonous, has humiliating headlines of his own to counteract: he's the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee who has so little clout and bureaucratic aptitude that he couldn't stop the government led by his own party from stripping New York City, in his home state, of 40 percent of its counterterrorism funding. If there's another terrorist attack, he may be the last person in New York who should accuse others, as he did The Times on the House floor on Thursday, of having blood 'on their hands.' "
Such ravings make it hard not to think of the official assault on The Times and The Washington Post over the Pentagon Papers. In 1972, on the first anniversary of the publication of that classified Pentagon history of the Vietnam War, The Times's managing editor then, A. M. Rosenthal, reminisced in print about the hyperbolic predictions that had been made by the Nixon White House and its supporters: 'Codes would be broken. Military security endangered. Foreign governments would be afraid to deal with us. There would be nothing secret left.'"
None of that happened. What did happen was that Americans learned 'how secrecy had become a way of life' for a government whose clandestine policy decisions had fomented a disaster. "The assault on a free press during our own wartime should be recognized for what it is: another desperate ploy by officials trying to hide their own lethal mistakes in the shadows. It's the antithesis of everything we celebrate with the blazing lights of Independence Day."


Blogger Dedanna said...

That's what happens with communism.

The real truth is never spoken to the people.

7:54 AM, July 03, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

This government has way too many secrets. They want to do what they want to do and use the "terror threat" as the reason they should be able to do it. Guilt and fear is their political tool. Thank God there are more every day that are seeing the light.

3:14 PM, July 03, 2006  
Blogger The Game said...

Okay, before you answer take a deep breath, calm down, maybe take a pill, stretch...okay, ready?
I simply want to know what abuse has been caused by the patriot act, wiretaping, or the SWIFT bank record thing???
Who was treated unfairly in these programs...they have been proved to be very important and productive

11:22 PM, July 03, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

See Game, you don't understand at all. The POTENTIAL for their abuse is enough to see them as suspect. Have laws been broken. Yes The president himself has said so. Though I have pointed this out to you before I'll do it again. The laws in place were put there because they were abused for political and other coniving purposes in the past. To think that george or dick or bill or hillary should be able to ignore them is unamerican.

They limit our freedom and liberty! The thing we have preserved for 230 years is being slowly eliminated as we attempt to spread it to others. That is bizzaro world.

The balance of powers is being set wildly askew..not do believe in the constitution don't you? I could go on but chew on that for a while.

4:19 PM, July 04, 2006  

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