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08:22 am - Oh, that liberal media, Part 5,271,009
From Powerline:

Reader Henry David copied us on his over-the-top letter of thanks to the New York Times for blowing the terrorist finance tracking system:

Dear Mr. Keller:

I want to thank you personally for breaking the story on the government illegally using the SWIFT system to track money.

This administration is always breaking the law. They all belong behind bars. Just remember, it's your duty to make sure they're kicked out of office, in the most humiliating way possible. Republicans are killers of poor people all around the world. Crimes against humanity should not go unpunished.

Keep up the good work.

Henry David

Mr. David reports that he received a quick response:
From: Executive Editor Desk <exec-ed@nytimes.com>
To: Henry David [email address omitted]
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 14:37:16 -0400
Subject: Re: Attention Bill Keller
Thank you for your thoughtful - and very welcome - email.
We appreciate your taking the time and trouble to write!
Executive Editor's Desk
Here's mine:

Dear Mr. Keller:

Thank you so much for letting the whole world know how the Republican-run government is using the SWIFT system to track terrorists' (and who knows who else's?) international money transfers.  The arrogance of this administration shows no bounds, as does their utter disdain for both the laws that require warrants for any inquiry whatsoever -- not to mention the status of the New York Times.  While a few additional terrorist operations may or may not happen, they are none too high a price to pay for making sure that the Bush administration and particularly Karl Rove and the rest of the evildoers are hounded at every corner for the next two and a half years. 

There should be a zero-tolerance policy for Republicans; let freedom ring!

Joel Rosenberg

A little too subtle, maybe?

Edited to add:  Welcome Powerline readers.  Hope you'll check out my other blog, as well; it focuses on issues around carrying of handguns, particularly in Minnesota.

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Date:June 27th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
Just so you know, the leadership of both parties agrees this is totally legal, and even Jack Murtha asked the NYT not to run the story.
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Date:June 27th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)

Well, of course it is...

... legal.

Me, I'm questioning the patriotism of both the NYTimes and the LA Dog Trainer. (I don't criticize the WSJ; they only went with their story when it was utterly clear that the cat was going to be let out of the bag.)

I don't think that the NYTimes editors really think of themselves as being on the side of the terrorists; I think they're just so overflowing with their sense of self-importance and the importance of maintaining that that relatively minor -- to them -- issues like the ability of the Administration to effectively track and deal with terrorists just isn't a significant factor.

Shame on them, and on their enablers.
Date:June 28th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Well, of course it is...

Sorry, but I have to say the Times is not staffed by stupid people. Only stupid people would be afflicted with such a deficit of imagination that they would be unable to see how terrorists will benefit from this clear information.

If one terrorist moves his money out of view of this program, then buys a truckload of explosives with it and kills Americans or anyone else, those deaths are the property of Bill Keller. He has exercised an option that cannot BUT result in deaths which would not have otherwise happened. Keller has given aid to the enemy, and put obstacles before the administration in its pursuit of that enemy; and the enemy is the meanest most ruthless most bloodthirsty one we've ever had.

People will die because of Keller, and he's nowhere near stupid enough not to understand it.
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Date:June 28th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Well, of course it is...

Add to that, that the NYT doesn't believe that the terrorists *are a threat to them*.

There is no way that the Times (either one) would have published this, if they'd known that blowing the program would enable "Islamic" terrorists to target liberal, atheistic, homosexual-supporting _journalists_.
But they feel safe behind the protection of the US, and the military, and the police. It's all detached for them. Notice that Sept 2001, they had a wholly different take on the matter, as the dust of the WTC covered the NYT desks, and the fire was still burning.... Because they were at risk then. It was immediate, and real, and who knew when the next attack would come, and where? Maybe NYT was the next target.
Now that we're 5 years into this war (much longer, but let's just use 2001 as the start, as the NYT does), they find that the terrorists have a use for them (for now). There's no reason to panic. They won't be targeted on purpose, anyway.
So they feel free to snark, and attack, and denigrate. It's like the classic teenager, attacking their parent's way of life, or culture. When you know you won't be booted from the house, the gas-guzzling car removed, and forced to immediately work for a living, it's easy to criticize (This also has many parallels to the European models of analysis)

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Date:June 28th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)


I thought Murtha was asked (By who, and who thought *that* would be a good idea?), but demurred.

At least as of yesterday, that was what I'd read was the case. Do you have any info that Murtha did make that request?
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Date:June 27th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to go after that other guy who publicized this program back in 2004, in his campaign speeches.
Date:June 27th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)

Oh' That Liberal Media...

Having followed this from afar, I don't think anything short of publishing the Times' 3 or 4 heaviest advertisers will have any effect on Keller and company. They live in an insular unreal world where nothing bad ever happens to them because they've always had either money, prestige or both. Writing The Times is a waste of our time. Write sponsors, congressmen and your friends. This is serious business and should be dealt with seriously.
Also, the more GIs from Afganistan and Iraq that write or post to Powerline and others, the better. Fight fire with fire, ignorance with intelligence.
Tom Kubitz
Freeport, IL

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