Re: [prezveepsenator] Re: Lawmaker wants feds to probe N.Y. Times
- Anything that will weaken America, the Times is
all for it, all right.
--- Gregory <greggolopry@...> wrote:
> And like the other unwarranted and unjust actionshttp://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060626/ap_on_go_co/prosecuting_reporters;
> 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
> targeted use of it may be, is a matter of public
> 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.
> --- In email@example.com, Greg Cannon
> >=== message truncated ===
> > Lawmaker wants feds to probe N.Y. Times
> > By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer 1 hour,
> > minutes ago
> > WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Homeland
> > Security Committee urged the Bush administration
> > Sunday to seek criminal charges against newspapers
> > that reported on a secret financial-monitoring
> > used to trace terrorists.
> > Rep. Peter King (news, bio, voting record) cited
> > New York Times in particular for publishing a
> > 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
> > enforcer "begin an investigation and prosecution
> > The New York Times the reporters, the editors
> > 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
> > Mathis was not immediately returned.
> > King's action was not endorsed by the chairman of
> > Senate Judiciary Committee, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter
> > (news, bio, voting record) of Pennsylvania.
> > "On the basis of the newspaper article, I think
> > premature to call for a prosecution of the New
> > Times, just like I think it's premature to say
> > the administration is entirely correct," Specter
> > "Fox News Sunday."
> > Stories about the money-monitoring program also
> > appeared last week in The Wall Street Journal and
> > Angeles Times. King said he thought investigators
> > should examine those publications, but that the
> > greater focus should be on The New York Times
> > the paper in December also disclosed a secret
> > wiretapping program.
> > He charged that the paper was "more concerned
> about a
> > left-wing elitist agenda than it is about the
> > of the American people."
> > When the paper chose to publish the story, it
> > the executive editor, Bill Keller, as saying
> > had listened closely to the government's arguments
> > withholding the information, but "remain convinced
> > that the administration's extraordinary access to
> > 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
> > the Times said was sent to people who wrote to
> > 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
> > moved as much as they can to cruder methods. But
> > also continue to use the international banking
> > because it is immeasurably more efficient than
> > 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
> > reporting last year about the wiretapping program.
> > "It's pretty clear to me that in this story and in
> > story last December that the New York Times did
> > act recklessly. They try to do whatever they can
> > take into account whatever security concerns the
> > government has and they try to behave
> > Dalglish said. "I think in years to come that this
> > a story American citizens are going to be glad
> > had, however this plays out."
> > After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Treasury
> > officials obtained access to a vast database
> > Swift the Society for Worldwide Interbank
> > Telecommunication. The Belgium-based database
> > financial message traffic from thousands of
> > 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
> > transfers and other methods of moving money in and
> > of the United States, but it does not execute
> > transfers.
> > The service generally does not detect private,
> > individual transactions in the United States, such
> > withdrawals from an ATM or bank deposits. It is
> > mostly at international transfers.
> > Gonzales said last month that he believes
> > 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
> > would not do so routinely and randomly.
> > In recent months, journalists have been called
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