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Re: [prezveepsenator] Re: Lawmaker wants feds to probe N.Y. Times

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  • richard kelly
    Anything that will weaken America, the Times is all for it, all right. R.K. ... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060626/ap_on_go_co/prosecuting_reporters; ...
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 26, 2006
      Anything that will weaken America, the Times is
      all for it, all right.

      R.K.
      --- Gregory <greggolopry@...> wrote:

      > And like the other unwarranted and unjust actions
      > committed by Bush
      > and Company when they were found out, the White
      > House asked the NYT's
      > not to print their behavior. But as a sound reporter
      > and ethical and
      > responsible Times editor, Bill Keller, held firm:
      > "We remain
      > convinced that the administration's extraordinary
      > access to this vast
      > repository of international financial data, however
      > carefully
      > targeted use of it may be, is a matter of public
      > interest."
      >
      > As Americans we can be pleased in this time of
      > misleading and
      > deceitful actions by the President and his team
      > there are some
      > robust and engaged members of the fourth estate
      > working on behalf of
      > the country and our higher ideals.
      >
      > Gregory
      >
      > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon
      > <gregcannon1@...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > >
      >
      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060626/ap_on_go_co/prosecuting_reporters;
      >
      _ylt=AsI3I07DeqTtKQDC9QMi9qes0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b2NibDltBHNlYwM3MTY-
      > >
      > > Lawmaker wants feds to probe N.Y. Times
      > >
      > > By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer 1 hour,
      > 30
      > > minutes ago
      > >
      > > WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Homeland
      > > Security Committee urged the Bush administration
      > on
      > > Sunday to seek criminal charges against newspapers
      > > that reported on a secret financial-monitoring
      > program
      > > used to trace terrorists.
      > >
      > > Rep. Peter King (news, bio, voting record) cited
      > The
      > > New York Times in particular for publishing a
      > story
      > > last week that the Treasury Department was working
      > > with the CIA to examine messages within a massive
      > > international database of money-transfer records.
      > >
      > > King, R-N.Y., said he would write Attorney General
      > > Alberto Gonzales urging that the nation's chief
      > law
      > > enforcer "begin an investigation and prosecution
      > of
      > > The New York Times — the reporters, the editors
      > and
      > > the publisher."
      > >
      > > "We're at war, and for the Times to release
      > > information about secret operations and methods is
      > > treasonous," King told The Associated Press.
      > >
      > > A message left Sunday with Times spokeswoman
      > Catherine
      > > Mathis was not immediately returned.
      > >
      > > King's action was not endorsed by the chairman of
      > the
      > > Senate Judiciary Committee, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter
      > > (news, bio, voting record) of Pennsylvania.
      > >
      > > "On the basis of the newspaper article, I think
      > it's
      > > premature to call for a prosecution of the New
      > York
      > > Times, just like I think it's premature to say
      > that
      > > the administration is entirely correct," Specter
      > told
      > > "Fox News Sunday."
      > >
      > > Stories about the money-monitoring program also
      > > appeared last week in The Wall Street Journal and
      > Los
      > > Angeles Times. King said he thought investigators
      > > should examine those publications, but that the
      > > greater focus should be on The New York Times
      > because
      > > the paper in December also disclosed a secret
      > domestic
      > > wiretapping program.
      > >
      > > He charged that the paper was "more concerned
      > about a
      > > left-wing elitist agenda than it is about the
      > security
      > > of the American people."
      > >
      > > When the paper chose to publish the story, it
      > quoted
      > > the executive editor, Bill Keller, as saying
      > editors
      > > had listened closely to the government's arguments
      > for
      > > withholding the information, but "remain convinced
      > > that the administration's extraordinary access to
      > this
      > > vast repository of international financial data,
      > > however carefully targeted use of it may be, is a
      > > matter of public interest."
      > >
      > > In a letter posted on its Internet site Sunday
      > that
      > > the Times said was sent to people who wrote to
      > Keller,
      > > the editor said the administration argued "in a
      > > half-hearted way" that disclosure of the program
      > > "would lead terrorists to change tactics."
      > >
      > > But Keller wrote that the Treasury Department has
      > > "trumpeted ... that the U.S. makes every effort to
      > > track international financing of terror. Terror
      > > financiers know this, which is why they have
      > already
      > > moved as much as they can to cruder methods. But
      > they
      > > also continue to use the international banking
      > system,
      > > because it is immeasurably more efficient than
      > toting
      > > suitcases of cash."
      > >
      > > Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters
      > > Committee for Freedom of the Press, said the paper
      > > acted responsibly, both in last week's report and
      > in
      > > reporting last year about the wiretapping program.
      > >
      > > "It's pretty clear to me that in this story and in
      > the
      > > story last December that the New York Times did
      > not
      > > act recklessly. They try to do whatever they can
      > to
      > > take into account whatever security concerns the
      > > government has and they try to behave
      > responsibly,"
      > > Dalglish said. "I think in years to come that this
      > is
      > > a story American citizens are going to be glad
      > they
      > > had, however this plays out."
      > >
      > > After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Treasury
      > > officials obtained access to a vast database
      > called
      > > Swift — the Society for Worldwide Interbank
      > Financial
      > > Telecommunication. The Belgium-based database
      > handles
      > > financial message traffic from thousands of
      > financial
      > > institutions in more than 200 countries.
      > >
      > > Democrats and civil libertarians are questioning
      > > whether the program violated privacy rights.
      > >
      > > The service, which routes more than 11 million
      > > messages each day, mostly captures information on
      > wire
      > > transfers and other methods of moving money in and
      > out
      > > of the United States, but it does not execute
      > those
      > > transfers.
      > >
      > > The service generally does not detect private,
      > > individual transactions in the United States, such
      > as
      > > withdrawals from an ATM or bank deposits. It is
      > aimed
      > > mostly at international transfers.
      > >
      > > Gonzales said last month that he believes
      > journalists
      > > can be prosecuted for publishing classified
      > > information, citing an obligation to national
      > > security. He also said the government would not
      > > hesitate to track telephone calls made by
      > reporters as
      > > part of a criminal leak investigation, but
      > officials
      > > would not do so routinely and randomly.
      > >
      > > In recent months, journalists have been called
      > into
      >
      === message truncated ===


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