Should we be surprised that Bush is slamming the NYTimes for publishing his super-secret perusals of your international banking transactions?
President Bush on Monday sharply condemned the disclosure of a program to secretly monitor the financial transactions of suspected terrorists. "The disclosure of this program is disgraceful," he said.
"For people to leak that program and for a newspaper to publish it does great harm to the United States of America," Bush said, jabbing his finger for emphasis. He said the disclosure of the program "makes it harder to win this war on terror."
But, from the original article, the authors made it quite clear that not only were some of our intelligence people involved questioning the program, but the SWIFT people were also questioning this program. So, I have to ask, if some of our own intelligence people and the SWIFT people were feeling edgy about this program, how the hell is the NYTimes at fault for publishing this information?
This spying on banking transactions isn't about the NYTimes publishing information that the public and Congress should have knowledge of. Nor is there any earthly reason why some in this administration should use FEAR in order to make you accept the illegal activities this administration continues to use against their own people.
"Certainly nobody is going to deny First Amendment rights. But the New York Times and other news organizations ought to think long and hard about whether a public's right to know in some cases might override somebody's right to live," Snow said. "And whether, in fact, the publication...could place in jeopardy the safety of fellow Americans."
Nor, is it about the wistleblowers, left unprotected by this administration, that contact reporters about these quasi-legal or completely illegal programs instituted by Bush & Co. It is ultimately about the people putting these illegal programs into place. Accordingly, the buck stops at the White House.