Wednesday, June 28, 2006

This "treason" hysteria is manufactured and baseless

I just want to add my wee little voice to the defense of the New York Times against the furystorm the right-wing machine has unleashed against it. As usual, Glen Greenwald is a principled and reasoned voice on this matter. Just a few things I’d like to highlight:

  1. The information allegedly “given away to terrorists” (like the existence of the SWIFT program) has been in the public domain already. Some of it was apparently even announced by the Bush administration itself, in its endless touting of how its keeping us safe.

  2. The LA Times and the Wall Street Journal published this story, too. And yet talking heads aren’t calling for their editors to be thrown in jail. Could it be because their editorial pages are more friendly to the current administration?
UPDATE: Sullivan weighs in, and concludes that it's pretty obvious that this whole NYT thing is just Rove's propaganda theme of the week.


Blogger Anthony said...

Just tossing this in, cos I discovered this rather interesting fact preparing for my Criminal Procedure exam.

You don't need a warrant to search bank records. There's no expectation of privacy allowing the invocation of the Fifth Amendment. Not under US law at least. This is not the case in Singapore, Switzerland or Cayman, as I understand it.

So yeah, I'm pretty suprised at the attack.

12:36 AM, June 29, 2006  

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