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Monday, December 26, 2005

The Times Gift

Michale Barone argues that the New York Times publishing of the secret wire tap story was a political gift to George W. Bush.

What the Times didn't bother telling its readers is that this practice is far from new and is entirely legal. Instead, the unspoken subtext of the story was that this was likely an illegal and certainly a very scary invasion of Americans' rights.

I have to agree. Only an idiot would think that the President does not have the power to intercept foreign communications from our enemy. Further, Congress does not have legal authority to take this power away. The FISA act is unconstitutional if people believe that through FISA Congress can restrict the power to make war and to conduct a war and foreign policy on our enemies both HERE and ABROAD.

The NY Times reminded America that George Bush is trying to protect this country. People have wondered why we have not been attacked since Sept 11 when it was conventional wisdom after Sept 11 that we would be attacked. The wire tapping story explains to mainstream America one of the reasons why we haven't been attacked.

Prior to the wiretapping story, people were beginning to believe that the GW Bush was the Bush of Katrina the Bush of a failed domestic agenda, the Bush who was mishandling the war. The NY Times attempt to bash Bush reversed all that. Too bad for the Times. They will have to start from scratch.

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

Yes, this is a political gift to Bush. Unfortunately, the NYT also exposed a classified government operation. The revelation from the media that we are monitoring mosques for radiation is even more damaging to national security. Now we have tipped Islamic terrorists to make sure they don't store their dirty bomb materials in mosques.

There certainly were crimes committed here. Certainly by those who told the NYT about the wiretaps and the other media outlets about the mosque monitorings and perhaps the reporters and editors themselves. At the very least, the reporters and editors need to be jailed until they reveal their sources, who need to be prosecuted for treason.

9:49 AM, December 26, 2005  

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