The New York Times buries story that included Congressman Peter King's call for prosecution of The Times...
Now, why do you s'pose they'd want to bury a big story like that...? Could it be that the news of their scandalous fragging of the Administration and all the rest of us is all over the information highway like a white-hot blazing blowback in their faces. Clearly, arrogance is not their short suit.
It appears The Times has violated the Section 798 of Title 18, the so-called Comint statute. "Section 798 reads, in part: 'Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States or for the benefit of any foreign government to the detriment of the United States any classified information . . . concerning the communication intelligence activities of the United States . . . shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both' [emphasis added]..."
Today, President GWBush called the publication "disgraceful." He said "We're at war with a bunch of people who want to hurt the United States of America, and for people to leak that program, and for a newspaper to publish it does great harm to the United States of America."
While The Times is in perpetual hot pursuit of Bush and cutting-and-running in Iraq, it is fast flushing the last shreds of its credibility and reputation down a black hole---and making itself a pariah among ethical media, our military and all of red-state America.
While the high-and-mighty are self-destructing and falling, the White House would be just as well off to yank their press passes---to remove the besmirch factor from their midst. And then prosecute them to the letter of the COMINT Law.
A bit of it below, all of it here. Related column, "Bush assails program's disclosure," about President Bush's response to The Times' publishing of a vital national secret here.
"New York Times Buries King Prosecution Story"
"The New York Times buried a report that the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee was urging the Bush administration to seek criminal charges against the newspaper for reporting on a secret financial-monitoring program used to trace terrorists.
...Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., blasted the Times’ decision last week to report that the Treasury Department was working with the CIA to examine messages within a massive international database of money-transfer records.
King’s call for a prosecution of the Times was a lead story on cable news shows, wire services... and major Internet sites... Still, the Times on Monday decided to bury the story in an article about the National Security Agency’s wiretap program..."