Monday, June 26, 2006

UPDATE: Why does the Times hate America?

Michael Barone has a great piece about the NYT jeopardizing American security in a fit of BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome). The closing is the best:
Why do they hate us? Why does the Times print stories that put America more at risk of attack? They say that these surveillance programs are subject to abuse, but give no reason to believe that this concern is anything but theoretical. We have a press that is at war with an administration, while our country is at war against merciless enemies. The Times is acting like an adolescent kicking the shins of its parents, hoping to make them hurt while confident of remaining safe under their roof. But how safe will we remain when our protection depends on the Times?
Keller and company have Pulitzers to win, so to America, they say "Best of luck with that security thingee!"

UPDATE (6/26/2006 - 10:41 p.m.): Hugh Hewitt has an interview that implies NYT blabbermouth-in-chief Bill Keller is a damned liar:
Stuart Levey, the Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, is my first guest today. I just finished recording the interview. He flatly contradicts Bill Keller's assertion that concern over assisting the terrorist was a "secondary argument," made in a "half-hearted way." It was the central argument he and Secretary Snow made to Times' officials, with the Secretary making it to Mr. Keller. The Treasury stands by that assessment, and strongly so.

The papers helped terrorists elude capture. It is that simple and that damning.