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Monday, June 26, 2006

Keeping secrets

The ante has been upped in the growing battle between the Bush administration and news media. Last week, three major newspapers published stories about a secret program the government used to track financial transactions in and out of the U.S. Today, the president responded.

The scariest part, I think, is Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., asking for a prosecution of the New York Times for "treasonous" behavior. For reference, here is how treason is defined in U.S. law:

"Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States."

Well, we can all agree that the Times didn't levy war or adhere to our enemies. So we're down to "giving them aid and comfort." That's a rather broad concept, methinks. And honestly, if our enemies are just finding out about programs like these via the newspaper, they're dumb enough that we should have caught them long ago.

Matt

1 Comments:

  • At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Being aged 78 and counting, it is easier to recall some things, that most of the current influencing generations have not evidenced knowledge of - or seemingly that "They could care less" about.

    During WWII years there were Posters everywhere -
    "I Want You!

    "A Slip Of The Lip -
    Can Sink A Ship"

     

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