More Leaks?


There has been an ongoing theme through the MSM that you should take notice of. First there was this report:

WASHINGTON – A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn’t know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.

A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a ?threat? and one of more than 1,500 ?suspicious incidents? across the country over a recent 10-month period.

And they got this “secret” document how?

Now this:

Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.

Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible “dirty numbers” linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications.

Another leaker?

Nearly a dozen current and former officials, who were granted anonymity because of the classified nature of the program, discussed it with reporters for The New York Times because of their concerns about the operation’s legality and oversight.

And then this interesting news:

The White House asked The New York Times not to publish this article, arguing that it could jeopardize continuing investigations and alert would-be terrorists that they might be under scrutiny. After meeting with senior administration officials to hear their concerns, the newspaper delayed publication for a year to conduct additional reporting. Some information that administration officials argued could be useful to terrorists has been omitted.

Hmmmm? I don’t know about you but it appears the NYT sit’s on this information and only dusts it off when the news is going to well in Iraq and for Bush. Am I getting close?

The mere fact that nearly a dozen of these leakers (could they be apart of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity group? The same anti-Bush, wacked out group involved in the Plame mess) are talking to the NYT show’s how many traitors Bush has to deal with in DC.

I mean come on. Compare someone leaking a name of desk jockey at the CIA to these kind of leaks. But where is the outcry for prosecution?

As for my opinion on the story itself, I say good for Bush. After 9/11 he did what needed to be done to protect our Country. All domestic calls were left alone unless they had a warrant. If your calling overseas your fair game, as it should be.

Several officials said the eavesdropping program had helped uncover a plot by Iyman Faris, an Ohio trucker and naturalized citizen who pleaded guilty in 2003 to supporting Al Qaeda by planning to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge with blowtorches. What appeared to be another Qaeda plot, involving fertilizer bomb attacks on British pubs and train stations, was exposed last year in part through the program, the officials said.

More on the program:

What the agency calls a “special collection program” began soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, as it looked for new tools to attack terrorism. The program accelerated in early 2002 after the Central Intelligence Agency started capturing top Qaeda operatives overseas, including Abu Zubaydah, who was arrested in Pakistan in March 2002. The C.I.A. seized the terrorists’ computers, cellphones and personal phone directories, said the officials familiar with the program. The N.S.A. surveillance was intended to exploit those numbers and addresses as quickly as possible, the officials said.

In addition to eavesdropping on those numbers and reading e-mail messages to and from the Qaeda figures, the N.S.A. began monitoring others linked to them, creating an expanding chain. While most of the numbers and addresses were overseas, hundreds were in the United States, the officials said.

After 9/11 many complained our Intelligence agencies were too timid (pre-9/11) and put more demanding controls on themselves then even required by law. Now that they are doing the work needed to be done to identify terrorists in our midst, the left is crying “big brother!”

Oh brother.

The mere fact that nearly a dozen of these leakers (could they be apart of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity group? The same anti-Bush, wacked out group involved in the Plame mess) are talking to the NYT show’s how many traitors Bush has to deal with in DC.

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I have long ago gotten over my amazement with the MSM and the left. Now I would be amazed if the opposite happened, sad but true.

Amazing that in light of the Iraqi election, a pivotal moment in history, there seems to be more focus on anti-Bush stories and pessimism at media outlets like the NY Times, than there are coverage of the historic election, and its aftermath.