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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Need To Know

The New York Times cites the "public's need to know" when they expose national security secrets to our enemies – as with the SWIFT banking program and the NSA international wire-tapping. These stories were published with wink, a nod, and an outright allegation that the Bush administration illegally violating the privacy of American citizens. None of which is true.

Moreover, these secret programs were effective at catching terrorists and preventing attacks. That is, until they picked up the Gray Lady.

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a photo and the location of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's vacation home. They even published a photo of a hidden security camera. (I won't link it here, go hunt for it yourself.)

The old media likes to complain that President Bush is too secretive. Is there any wonder why? With a media more than willing to tip off our enemies in their zeal to get Bush – and with national security at stake – the President had better be secretive.

Back to the Gray Lady's excuse. Exactly who needs to know that we were tracing non-individual money transfers to foreign entities suspected of terrorism? Who needed to know that we were eavesdropping on international phone calls made by suspected terrorists?

I'm sure the terrorists needed to know these things.

But this member of the public did not feel the need to know about national security programs. Given the knowledge that such exposure benefits the terrorists and endangers national security, I'll most of the American public didn't feel the need to know.

However, I do feel the need to know the voting records of the editors and reporters at the New York Times. To understand its published content, is it not relevant to know which political ideology and sources influence the editors and reporters of the Gray Lady?


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