Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Treason Of The Press
Treason is not a term I use lightly. It is a very serious crime - so much so the Framers saw fit to specifically define it in the Constitution of the United States.
Section 3 - TreasonNo one has been tried, much less convicted, of treason in the United States since World War II. As I see it, the New York Times, personified by Eric Lichtblau and James Risen, is attempting to make itself into a poster child for treasonous activity.
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted. - US Constitution, Article III Section 3 (Emphasis Added)
First Mssrs. Lichtblau and Risen blew the collective MSM whistle on the "warrantless wiretapping" of phone calls between American telephones and suspected terrorists. Yes, it sold papers. Yes, it gave the Congressional Jackasses some much needed ammunition against the W Administration. Yes, that ammunition turned out to be largely useless.
Having said that, the actions of Mssrs. Lichtblau and Risen exposed a hither to secret program to the world. For those of you still living in a September 10th world, terrorists do read newspapers. They can get to the New York Times the same way you and I do. Could Ahmed and Mohammed have ferreted out the information on the wiretap program by themselves? Perhaps. We'll never know because the New York Times did the work for them.
The final straw, in my not so humble opinion, came last Friday when the same New York Times authors saw fit to expose yet another secret program to the world - which by the way still includes terrorists. This program involved the tracking of financial transactions to suspected terrorists. The program's overall goal? No, its not to know how much money you have stashed in the Caymans. The purpose of this program is to strangle the terrorists' money supply. Still need a better explanation? This program helps the good guys surprise Ahmed and Mohammed when they go to the ATM and find out not only do they have no money, but they've been given an all expense paid trip to the Caribbean beach resort known as Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
The New York Times has redefined journalistic arrogance. It has now exposed at least two methods by which terrorists are hunted down, killed, and/or brought to justice. Mssrs. Lichtblau and Risen need to ask themselves the very simple question "Who's side am I on?". More and more, I believe they have crossed the line from simply reporting on the events of the day to giving Aid and Comfort to the Enemy.
Yes, gentlemen, that's in the Constitutional definition of Treason. The story you wrote has no reason to be written, reported, or exposed. The information holds no benefit for the public at large and severely compromises the assets and people who do the things you only have the courage to write about. Your article benefits only one side of this conflict - the wrong one.
Do you really feel comfortable giving Aid and Comfort to a bunch of Islamofasicst Murdering Thugs? Do you hate America - or more specifically her President - that much?
One would think people living and working so close to the 20+ acre hole that used to be World Trade 1 & 2 would have better sense. Oh, wait. I'm talking about New York Times reporters.
Here endeth the lesson.