Video: Bush calls Times’s expose “disgraceful”

posted at 12:20 pm on June 26, 2006 by Allahpundit

I haven’t seen him this angry … ever, really. Maybe prosecutions aren’t that unlikely.

My take on Keller’s letter is here.

Update: The White House has a transcript. Patterico’s got the bank-surveillance post of the day with his transcription and response to comments made by the LA Times’s Washington bureau chief on a local radio show. Goldstein wonders how many dozen roses Keller’s going to get from Glenn Greenwald for publishing the story. Ace says that Keller’s open letter is only the second-stupidest defense of the Times running it.

Meanwhile, ABC News suggests another way for terrorists to elude airport security measures.

Update: National Review calls for Bush to revoke the Times’s press credentials:

The president should match this morning’s tough talk with concrete action. Publications such as the Times, which act irresponsibly when given access to secrets on which national security depends, should have their access to government reduced. Their press credentials should be withdrawn. Reporting is surely a right, but press credentials are a privilege. This kind of conduct ought not be rewarded with privileged access.

Moreover, the Justice Department must be more aggressive than it has been in investigating national-security leaks. While prosecution of the press for publishing information helpful to the enemy in wartime would be controversial, pursuit of the government officials who leak it is not. At the very least, members of the media who report such information must be made to understand that the government will no longer regard them as immune from questioning when it investigates the leakers. They should be compelled to reveal their sources, on pain of contempt.

Update: Inevitably, the parodies: SeeDubya and Iowahawk play Bill Keller for a day.

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Wow … He needs to show a little more of that. I hope Keller pissed in his pants.

darwin on June 26, 2006 at 12:38 PM

The President said, “The American people expect this government to protect our constitutional liberties and at the same time make sure we understand what the terrorists are trying to do. You try to follow their money. And that’s exactly what we’re doing and the fact that a newspaper disclosed it makes it harder to win this war on terror.”

The NY Slimes cannot be very happy right now.

On Fox News was someone from the NY Post. That guy was visably shaken when discussing the Presidents statements. :o)

DannoJyd on June 26, 2006 at 12:42 PM

I just sent a letter to the White House calling for an investigation and prosecution of Lichtblau, Risen, and Keller. Who knows? Perhaps if Bush is leaning towards going after the Times, a nudge in the form of a few hundred (or thousand) letters couldn’t hurt.

Bob Owens on June 26, 2006 at 1:17 PM

The NY Slimes cannot be very happy right now.

On Fox News was someone from the NY Post. That guy was visably shaken when discussing the Presidents statements. :o)

DannoJyd on June 26, 2006 at 12:42 PM

I think you have underestimate the power of NY Times. The top guys are probably ululating now!

As to the president’s ranting, I hate to say this…until I see some action by the DOJ, I believe this president would not do a thing. To him, nailing his own party and his own guys is much more important than nailing traitors. He would rather let Delay died on the vine and let Scooter be nailed than to let anyone touch NY Times.

I would apologize to the President at once if the DOJ is to call for a grand jury investigation as fast as they called one for the Plame’s case.

NSA leaks….no action
Bank montoring leaks….no action
Troop reduction leaks…no action

Plame ID leaks…huge action.

Eat your heart out, fellow conservatives.

easy87us on June 26, 2006 at 1:53 PM

Nice. Very nice.

see-dubya on June 26, 2006 at 2:07 PM

From the 1st ammendment scotus 1919 schenk “When a nation is at war, many things that might be said in time of peace are such a hindrance to its effort that their utterance will not be endured so long as men fight, and that no Court could regard them as protected by any constitutional right.”
Since 1919 there have been many additional writings on the first ammendment by the supremes. None allow for wartime secrets to be revealed, by our own newspapers, with impunity.
The crazy sh*t I’m hearing on TV today, ‘abuses will just get worse’, comparison to the Pentagon papers, its BS excuses by those who have no solid argument.
Here is a good read on the history -1st A.

shooter on June 26, 2006 at 2:09 PM

Well, enough idle chatter. I’m off to the Kroger. Need to buy some seafood.

RedWinged Blackbird on June 26, 2006 at 2:19 PM

Wow … He needs to show a little more of that. I hope Keller pissed in his pants.

You’re kidding, right? This is what they live for. They’re “speaking truth to power,” and the more the power doesn’t like it, the more heroic they can tell themselves they are.

That said, I’m glad he’s pissed, and I’m glad that the angrier he gets, the clearer he speaks.

Jim Treacher on June 26, 2006 at 2:19 PM

Well he was still definately ticked. I hope that this finally gets him to realize who the real enemy is and that he decides to take some action. This axis of treason has got to be shut down… NOW.


RobertHuntingdon on June 26, 2006 at 2:25 PM

I think individuals should also revoke the NY Slimes press credentials. Don’t let them in as accredited press, don’t interview with them, don’t buy advertisibng there etc.

As I wrote at my blog I don’t see any other way to make them realize that there is a downside to spilling national secrets

Francis Turner on June 26, 2006 at 2:45 PM

Does the New York Times check its delivery vans and its contents to ensure the security of its employees in their building? Would they consider a background check on those delivery drivers an invasion of privacy? Would the publication of the New York Times Offices building blueprints and ventilation units be considered something that is in the public’s interest? How about the schedule of their security staff’s breaks and whether or not one of them has a bad gambling problem? What if a list of the working and non working security cameras is published? Would that be in the public interest? The home addresses of its reporting staff? I think the public would like to know.

Of course, the Times protects that information as part of its operational security and would diligently fight to prevent the disclosure of it for the safety of its employees. If anyone would disclose that information, the Times would consider it an attack on their own security and safety. But the Times endangers the rest of us by publishing our methods that we use to track terrorists.

What exactly is this line between public knowledge and the endangerment of society?

BelchSpeak on June 26, 2006 at 2:59 PM

Go W!

brazilnut on June 26, 2006 at 3:34 PM

The President said it best. nuff said.

gary on June 26, 2006 at 3:39 PM


We must haul those traitors into court!

easy87us on June 26, 2006 at 3:44 PM

Mr. President, Sir, you forgot despicable and….

tormod on June 26, 2006 at 4:29 PM

A sound thrashing with a fish bat would be best for those traitors.

Shmo on June 26, 2006 at 4:46 PM

Who was the idiot reporter who claimed that Congress wasn’t informed, and what news organization does she work for? It would be interesting to follow-up to see how they reported the outcome of this press conference. (ie: did they mention in their coverage that Congress was indeed informed?)

Dave Shay on June 26, 2006 at 6:55 PM

He hasn’t been this pissed since 9/11.

Just maybe he’s pissed enough to take some real action against these traitors. Let’s hope.

speed647 on June 26, 2006 at 7:06 PM


Ooo he seems serious. Now if we can only get him that mad at illegals.

Hey new angle on that. Won’t the new ID requirements recommended by DHS out every illegal in the country? No wonder Bush wants to get amnesty through Congress before Dec 31 2006. I’m guessing California will not comply. Forcing all legal citizens to get passports. And forcing the hand of ICE, and the IRS to clean up all the W-2 fraud.

Theworldisnotenough on June 26, 2006 at 11:02 PM