Whose side are they on?

posted at 12:08 am on June 23, 2006 by Bryan

The boss is vexed, and not because I’m still fidgeting with the next Vent: The NY Times has blown yet another anti-terror tool’s cover:

Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking transactions involving thousands of Americans and others in the United States, according to government and industry officials.

The program is limited, government officials say, to tracing transactions of people suspected of having ties to Al Qaeda by reviewing records from the nerve center of the global banking industry, a Belgian cooperative that routes about $6 trillion daily between banks, brokerages, stock exchanges and other institutions. The records mostly involve wire transfers and other methods of moving money overseas and into and out of the United States. Most routine financial transactions confined to this country are not in the database.

It’s the same duo that blew the cover off the NSA’s effort to figure out who inside the US was getting phone calls from al Qaeda. The Times’ excuse to publicize this perfectly legal program is the “public interest.”

Call me crazy, but since the program is legal and since the administration argues it has helped stop terror attacks, isn’t the weight of the public’s interest in this story on the side of keeping the program under wraps so that it can continue to stop terrorists?

When the terrorists finally do succeed, will the Times rush out with an apology for having outed two major anti-terror programs that just might have helped stop it–if they had remained secret? Of course not. We all know what the Times will do–blame Bush.

Speaking of terrorists, Allah’s all over the big story of the night out of Miami. The other big terrorism story of the week had to do with what al Qaeda thugs did to our two captured troops. So what’s got the ACLU hot and bothered this night? Haditha. The ACLU is launching a massive fishing expedition aimed pretty squarely at destroying the US military’s ability to defend itself from any scurrilous attack in realm of ideas. Stop the ACLU has the goods:

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding that the Defense Department publicly disclose investigative files relating to the alleged killing of 24 civilians by U.S. Marines in Haditha, Iraq.

The actual FOIA demand is a great deal broader than that:

Specifically, the request seeks the release of all records relating to the killing of civilians by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since January 1, 2005, including death certificates, autopsy reports, investigative files, documents related to criminal and administrative proceedings, witness interviews, statistics, policy documents (including “rules of engagement”), paperwork for compensatory payments to relatives of victims, photographs, and videos.

I’m curious as to the relevance of events in Afghanistan to what may or may not have happened in Haditha. I’m also curious about that date: Haditha happened on November 19, 2005. Dates as far back as January 1, 2005 are irrelevant if the ACLU is truly only interested in examining the Haditha case. The only motive that ties both Iraq and Afghanistan together with such a wide date selection would be a search for policy that goes above the respective theaters of war; namely, whether Bush administration policies have played a role in any civilian deaths in either country.

One would think the fact that terrorists have been trained to make up allegations of crimes against our troops would be relevant, as would be the source of the lone Haditha video. But the ACLU is uninterested where those are concerned.

The ACLU will do what this data what it did with the last set of data it FOIAed out of the government–use the most salacious bits to paint a picture that’s a lie. In that case, the ACLU has used uncorroborated tales of terrorist abuse at Gitmo to fool Andrew Sullivan and his gullible ilk into thinking that we’re a torture country. They’ll fool him again, only this time we’ll be a murdering country. Watch for it. If the ACLU gets this information, it will feed months and years of press hysteria. St. Andrew of the Sacred Heart-Ache may have an aneurism an hour.

So you have on the one side, the NY Times outing a legal program organized to stop terrorists, and the only beneficiaries of outing this program turn out to be the terrorists who are now warned and the reporters who stand to gain from book deals, Pulitzers and the adulation of their increasingly disgusting peers. On another side, you have the ACLU joined at the hip to Hamas-linked CAIR launching its own freelance investigations into US practices while uttering nary a peep about anything terrorists actually do to harm the civil liberties of Americans and other non-terrorists.

Americans are likely to die because of the actions of these two, the NY Times and the ACLU.

Update: Goldstein wonders what instructions the Moonbat Signal (formerly known by the code-name “Townhouse”) carried in the wake of the NYT story. Patterico rages against the Times.

Me? I’m looking for a clip of the end of Planet of the Apes. Charleton Heston’s final lines pretty much sum up what I think of Rosen, his partner in treason and his employer.

Update: The Times’ they are a-hangin’ together. Both the NY and the LA Times are flogging the Swift story. Both Times have published this leak that helps terrorists dodge the law “in the public interest.” By which they actually mean, in their own and in the terrorists’ interest. The public gains nothing from the disclosure of this program other than increased political acrimony and increase anxiety over the rising possibility of losing this war thanks to the treasonous Times. Both of them.

Walter Duranty would be soooo proud.

It’s interesting that both papers have had access to someone in the know. Which means to find the toad or toads who leaked the existence of this program, find out who knew about it and has recently been in contact with reporters from both papers. This leaker needs to hang. And I’m not talking in metaphors or code language. They need to hang, as in with a rope.

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My letter to the editors:

Exposing every secret measure meant to safeguard our country by those who mean to destroy it is not in the interest of our public no matter how you slice it. I am very disappointed to hear of this latest example of ‘look-at-me’ journalism. This is getting ridiculous.

tdau1997 on June 23, 2006 at 12:22 AM

I don’t want to be too dramatic – sometimes I wonder who our true enemy really is?

Sometimes it’s so depressing….

Dr. Gecko on June 23, 2006 at 12:23 AM

I know it’s not just me, but it seems that there are people who under the cloak of protecting civil liberties are intent on destroying every tool the federal government has at their disposal. The comrade, communists, ACLU have done more to help the cause of al-Qaida and Dean (I suppose they might be interchangable) than any other organized group this side of France. These are the same people that would scream “failure” if for any reason an attack happened while the Bush administration was in office.

StoutRepublican on June 23, 2006 at 1:00 AM

Planet of the Apes – Taylor (Charleton Heston) sinks to his knees, the sea lapping at him while he rages at his fellow man: “You finally really did it – you maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to hell!

Nova looks at Taylor and then up at the statue, its head and shoulders erupting from the beach in rust and centuries of decay, it’s arm still reaching skyward, holding its torch aloft, a torch that no longer burns with hope – the Statute of Liberty.

Fate has played it’s final joke on Taylor, he has been home all the this time – the planet of the apes is Earth!

Pictures and quotes at the bottom of this site:


Entelechy on June 23, 2006 at 1:07 AM

Yup, those would be the Heston lines on my mind.

Bryan on June 23, 2006 at 1:18 AM

I thank the New York Times for formenting my public interest. I have one more request. It would be in my public interest for the New York Time to shut down, go away, and never, ever publish again. Could they do this for me? It would be such a nice jesture of public interest.

hadsil on June 23, 2006 at 1:18 AM

Instead of complaining about the NYT, since they just can’t help themselves… it is their nature, let’s complain about an administration that does absolutely nothing to stop these leaks. One would think that after the last round of devastating leaks, the administration would have done something to stop future leaks. What’s the point of having a Plame precedent if you don’t use it? Frog march every last one of these journalists in front of Fitz’ grand jury until the leaks stop. They either talk or go to jail. One way or the other, you will run out of either leakers or leak enablers.

The only means to putting a stop to the leaks should not be electing a Democrat President.

rw on June 23, 2006 at 1:43 AM

They need to be arrested, charged and prosecuted.

Yes, it is past time for the test case on this.

We need to prove in court of law and establish precedent that Freedom of Press is not freedom from responsibility.

Barring that, we can only pray that a latter-day Madame Defarge is surely somewhere knitting…


The Machine on June 23, 2006 at 1:44 AM

Who is surprised that the New York Times and the LA Times would not hesitate to undermine the United States government in any way they can? I do not believe anyone here expects anything less than sedition and treason from these bastions of the MSM – regardless of the price individual American citizens must pay.

At what point does the Federal government of the United States put it’s foot down, flex it’s muscles, and say that there are limitations to freedom of the press and freedom of speech when they harm the security and interests of the nation? At what point does the tail stop wagging the dog, or more appropriately, the giant crush the flea?

Perhaps it is time that the patrons of Hot Air start Emailing our representatives on a regular basis on these issues.

omegaram on June 23, 2006 at 1:59 AM

The Enemy Press strikes again. Writing to our Representatives won’t work, they get too much mileage from favorable stories. They’ll never be arrested, they’ll never be charged, they’ll never be held accountable – at least in this life.

Make them a spectacle for the evening news and their own front pages by protesting at their hq. Unfortunately, we’re too busy working to be able to assemble a crowd like the America Haters do.

ScottG on June 23, 2006 at 2:38 AM

If we’re too busy working to protest outside the NYT, then the least we can do is start boycotting their advertisers, which would probably be more effective anyways.

NYT is a business. Hit ’em where it hurts.

It has been years since I have made use of a dead tree version of any newspaper, but I am willing to bet that the studios still buy full page ads for the summer movies. Target individual advertisers, starting with the movie studios until they all fall in line. Success could be measured immediately with the release of each weekend’s box office numbers. The studios would be most susceptible to brief periods of economic abstinence. Then move on to other advertisers.

Make NYT a penny stock.

rw on June 23, 2006 at 4:04 AM

The NYTimes and the LATimes have committed treason. There is no need to mince words about it.

Treason carries the death penalty.

It is past time that the editors and publishers of both papers be arrested and tried for treason.

Frankly, the day they are sent to death row for aiding and abetting the enemy, is the day that the rest of the MSM will cease working against their own country.

georgej on June 23, 2006 at 6:07 AM

Its well past time for an investigation. I want to know who in the government is leaking this information and I want them prosecuted. We’re in a war. Its time to act like it.

I wonder what FDR would have done had the NYT & Co. had done the same back then.

GT on June 23, 2006 at 7:21 AM

The world wide terrorist network is not the only enemy of the Republic, you can now include the New York Times and its enormous gaggle of hyperactive, egocentric journalists. If they act like the enemy then they should be treated like the enemy . . . what a disgusting bunch.

rplat on June 23, 2006 at 8:44 AM

The ACLU, the MSM, Activist Judges and the major newspapers in this country are traitors to our Country. This is nothing new to people that believe in the Constitution and our Republic.

What is new is the Government has surrendered and does nothing about it.

Ask yourself why there has been no treason trials?

Why the ACLU is allowed to operate when their mission is to overturn our form of Government?

Why Judges are not impeached by Congress for unconstitutional decisions?

I for one am fed up with so called Government Employees that have sold us out.

ScottyDog on June 23, 2006 at 8:57 AM

treason trials are a violation of the ACLU’s right to litigate america to death

Wyrd on June 23, 2006 at 9:02 AM

Entelechy and Bryan:

PLANET of the Apes?

This latest crap that the Grey Old Whore has once again pulled on us makes me think that this is…

JOURNALISM of the Apes.

Michelle, Bryan and Allahpundit-I beg your pardon for my following crudeness…but if I ever have a toilet paper shortage, and were given the choice between coarse sand paper and the NY Slimes, I WILL USE THE COARSE SANDPAPER.

Once again, another tool has been removed from our anti-terrorist arsonal. Perhaps the time has come to pull the press cards from EVERY NY Slimes reporter. The Slimes can get their news SECOND HAND. Has there been a violation of law? Any official and legally justified complaints brought before a judge? As far as I know, this has not been reported.

The revealing of this evidence IS NOT within the public interest. IT IS WITHIN THE TERRORIST INTEREST. Perhaps the Slimes thinks that the Terrorists will go easy on Slimes reporters, give them leeway and access to interviews and be looked favorably upon in the Arab-No-Parking-Here-Driveway?

When will the “forces that hope to be” REALIZE that fighting terrorism is NOT a public relations stunt to make Pres Bush look good, but to make sure that an evil is erradicated?

The False Dervish on June 23, 2006 at 9:13 AM

“History doesn’t repeat itself, it just stutters” – I am getting more mileage out of this Photoshop than I’d like:

xardoz on June 23, 2006 at 9:16 AM

Oops. Here it is.

xardoz on June 23, 2006 at 9:16 AM

The beginning:
Subject: Sedition and Treason
No, these words do not describe books by Ann Coulter. They describe your actions in regard to keeping secret from the global jihadists the actions of our government to catch them. It shall be no consolation to see you in therapy for your misdeeds and in a restraint. Your delusional, obsessive reaction to loosing power to influence the country will only guarantee a long stay in a comfortable hospital. If I could cause your recovery, I would, but it would only allow the government to bring charges as you would be found competent to stand trial. Enjoy your stay, it won’t be long before they come for you.

rw is correct, this needs a strong government prosecution for war crimes, not more threats. It also needs backbone from our elected officials-they must do their jobs or face replacement THIS NOVEMBER! Put all of them on notice, now.

tormod on June 23, 2006 at 9:20 AM


I like your photo shop work.

Depressing but true.

ScottyDog on June 23, 2006 at 9:27 AM

Nice Picture Xardoz.

I doubt that their will be any trason trials. We are way past that. The very first time someone gets indicted their will be a major backlash form the MSM about how Chimpy McHittler is just seizing power by silencing the good and noble free press.

Would be interesting to see the fed and all local conservative governments deny both Times from participating in any more of their press conferences. This is not a violation of the 1st amendment, nor can it be percieved as such since the other news outlets will be their covering the news.

Wyrd on June 23, 2006 at 9:30 AM

Actually, I am not as concerned with this as the leaks on NSA.

Luckily we have blocked the Democrats from further exposing our eavesdropping capabilities through intensive open and classified hearings ( which with be unclassified by some senators). I just don’t know who the Democrats really work for. The Elite Europeans that want to destroy us?

When a capability is exposed there is always a damage control process implemented to either change the means or modify the strategy to reduce the damages. However, through time, the systems usually evolve again so I am not concerned at all.

I only worry about the Democrats and ACLU.

easy87us on June 23, 2006 at 9:50 AM

USAToday’s Comments on NYT & LAT

USAToday is accepting commentary from the readers on this story. Let them know what you think. I already did (Comment #1, Fortune).

p0s3r on June 23, 2006 at 10:00 AM

They have to put these idiots in jail, charge them w/ treason or something. It is NOT an option, the Slimes and the leakers HAVE to go to PRISON. NOW!!
What the F%C k is wrong with them?

shooter on June 23, 2006 at 10:16 AM

It saddens me deeply that I KNOW exactly what the future is going to bring.

The MSM/ACLU are going to keep working to ensure we can’t protect ourselves. As a result, in my lifetime, WMD’s will be used on American soil; as a result, we will find ourselves embroiled in the first large-scale conflict in 60 years.

It’s going to happen. Guaranteed. In the next quarter-century.

It doesn’t HAVE to happen. We could stop it now.

This moment is a replay of 1933 Europe. Right NOW we have a chance to stop things. History is repeating itself.

But we won’t do it.

Until it’s too late.


And yes – when the worst inevitably happens, liberals will blame everyone but themselves.

The saddest (but funniest) irony is that if liberals actually care about civil liberties, they should be urging us to take action NOW. Once the worst happens, civil liberties will go right out the window – and no one will care.

But that’s a little too much thinking for liberals, I guess.

I hate to see history unfolding like this. I hate knowing I’m right.

Professor Blather on June 23, 2006 at 10:18 AM

The best thing to do is not give them any of your money or attention. I guess printing what is best for the Country isn’t best for them because it doesn’t sell papers. All the Hub-Bub just puts dollars in their pocket, which is all they care about anyway.

Shmo on June 23, 2006 at 10:20 AM

Loose Lips Sink Ships. Don’t leak classified material! How come the NYT and LAT want us to loose? There will be no USA as we know it. We need to be winning this war, not letting the jihadist NYT undermind our efforts. We need the justice department to prosecue them for treason.

NavyWife on June 23, 2006 at 10:51 AM

I hope this won’t get me banned, but:

God damn these traitorous sons of bitches to hell and back again.

I’m for freedom of speech and I understand that freedom of the press is vital. However, irresponsible and treasonous journalism must be punished, and punished harshly. And if ever there was irresponsible & treasonous journalism, this is it.

Abigail Adams on June 23, 2006 at 11:05 AM

I’m furious. There’s not more that can be said.

Enough already! Stop these leaks!

Dave Shay on June 23, 2006 at 11:30 AM

FOX just hit NY Times…..NY TIMES page 1…report on the use of banking info to nab terrorists..

Page 22..on arrest of 7 alleged Muslim terrorists in Miami.

Hm…NY Times..is indeed terrorists’ WMD and is America public enemy no.1.

easy87us on June 23, 2006 at 11:37 AM

And what business of it is the ACLU to investigate matters in Iraq? I’m mightily confused about how the alleged actions of soldiers against foreign nationals on foreign soil (translation: not in America and not against American citizens) might somehow violate “American Civil Liberties”.

(Come to think of it, who “elected” the ACLU into any position of authority over ANYTHING?)

Dave Shay on June 23, 2006 at 11:40 AM

Personaly I would ignore the ACLU’s actions, and maybe sic the IRS on them. Same with Cair. I swear, if the Liberals were right about Bush the ACLU and Cair would have been taken out years ago.

Wyrd on June 23, 2006 at 11:45 AM

In response to “Whose side are they on?” They are NOT on the side of America. The LA Times and the NY Times don’t give a rat’s ass about the damage they are doing to our ability to wage war on terror. Why should they? After all, they want us to lose – they’ve proved that time and time again in their anti-american editorials.
The best thing we can do is to continue to expose their agenda and hit them where it hurts the most – in their pocketbooks.

pullingmyhairout on June 23, 2006 at 11:48 AM

In keeping with the theme of “information for the public interest” I how the editors of the NYT would react to the release of their home addresses along with the normal working hours and preferred route to work and home along with their personal phone numbers. None of the information is classifeid and is easily obtainable through a search of public records and observation of their daily habits. I am sure the public will be keenly interested in this information and of course I see no harm that can come as a result of this unless of course their private cars are burglarized or their large upscale homes are broken into. There is nothing to worry about since the information which would lead to these acts was in the “public interest” Think about it, with each release of information of classified programs, which most Americans hope is happening, this is exactly what the editors and writers at the NYT is perpetrating on a national scale.
I am however on a certain level glad that our goverment is actually engaged in these kind of activities and am not outraged at the existence of such actions. Maybe the NYT has something to hide because while the terrorists may be moving money through alternate means the big wigs at the NYT may still be funneling funds to terrorist organisations the old fashioned way.

LakeRuins on June 23, 2006 at 11:53 AM

We have got to get past the point where we are all too willing to give the benefit of the doubt to people who are obviously hard at work undermining and attempting to destroy our great nation from the inside.

There is absolutley no doubt in my mind that these people (and I use that word loosely) are NOT “misguided,” NOT “ill informed,” NOT anything more than what their actions prove them to be: The ENEMY of all that we hold dear, which makes them the enemy of US.

It is not the NY or LA Times who will suffer from any possible future terrorism attack, for they have insured their protection from such by siding with the enemy.

The suffering will be on the part of US. Ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.

Keep writing those congressmen.

Write the President.

Find those sponsors and boycott them, write each of them a letter telling them why.

Since these so-called American Journalists seem to revere socialism, communism, fascism and the imams so much, don’t let them find funding in the form of capitalism.

Selling advertisements while proclaiming socialism loudly and clearly?

That will be their undoing.


The Machine on June 23, 2006 at 12:23 PM

If the press cannot be neutral on its own, then the every single one of them who can’t prove his neutrality needs to be rounded up and executed. Doesn’t have to be by the government. The people can do it just as well — maybe better. We don’t need Pravda and we don’t need the Treason Times. We need those who have a sense of patriotism who are willing to sit on stories that can hurt the country, and we need those who are willing to blow open corruption stories no matter who is involved (dhimmicrat or retardican or induhpendant or anything else). I think we need to start collecting some rope. Lots of rope. And then we need to use it.

“Rope. Tree. Journalist.
Some Assembly Required.”


RobertHuntingdon on June 23, 2006 at 12:37 PM

The NY Times’ Keller somehow reminds me in his obsession with damaging the Bush administration of what Khan thought of Kirk in, “Star Trek II” –

“He tasks me … he tasks me, and I shall have him! I’ll chase him round the moons of Nibia and round the Antares maelstrom and round perdition’s FLAMES before I give
him up!!”

Here’s to hoping that the Times’ fixation leads them to the same end as that of Khan and Cap’n Ahab.

Spurius Ligustinus on June 23, 2006 at 12:48 PM

You know, xardoz has the right idea. When I hear of stuff like this I wish I had the ability to draw. During wartime in former days we had posters and the like to help identify the enemy and to help build morale.

Why can’t some of us create new pro-American and anti-Traitor posters and plaster them all over the place like the lunatic leftists? They can be created and hosted on a website where people can download the images then make posters of them. We have America lovers everywhere. These posters could be put up on walls and poles, sidewalks and buildings deep in the heart of Hateland. Drive them crazy with the truth. I’ve seen too much hate filled dreck on city places all over the place.

Now it’s our turn.

Anyone game?

ScottG on June 23, 2006 at 4:45 PM

NYT, May 30, 1944

Roosevelt Plans Invasion Of Europe In 7 Days!

NYT, December 23, 1776

Washington To Cross Delaware River Surprising The British!

On Boxing Day, the British holiday after Christmas, …

hadsil on June 24, 2006 at 1:24 AM