Breaking: House passes resolution condemning media blabbermouths
posted at 7:32 pm on June 29, 2006 by Allahpundit
Waiting for the exact vote count. It was in the ballpark of 227-183 — a much more party-line outcome than I expected. But that’s the Democrats for you.
I’ll have the roll when it’s up. Here’s the text of the resolution.
Update: And here’s the roll. 227-183.
From the resolution:
Whereas at some point before June 23, 2006, classified information regarding the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program was illegally and improperly disclosed to members of the news media;
Whereas beginning on June 23, 2006, certain media organizations knowingly published details about a classified program that the United States Government had legally and with appropriate safeguards used to track the financing of terrorism, including specific intelligence gathering methods;…
Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(1) supports efforts to identify, track, and pursue suspected foreign terrorists and their financial supporters by tracking terrorist money flows and uncovering terrorist networks here and abroad, including through the use of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program;
(2) finds that the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program has been conducted in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders, that appropriate safeguards and reviews have been instituted to protect individual civil liberties, and that Congress has been appropriately informed and consulted for the duration of the Program and will continue its oversight of the Program;
(3) condemns the unauthorized disclosure of classified information by those persons responsible and expresses concern that the disclosure may endanger the lives of American citizens, including members of the Armed Forces, as well as individuals and organizations that support United States efforts; and
(4) expects the cooperation of all news media organizations in protecting the lives of Americans and the capability of the government to identify, disrupt, and capture terrorists by not disclosing classified intelligence programs such as the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program.
It’s probably number 2 that accounts for the party split. Or is it number 4?
Update: Patterico posted this morning to say that he supports the resolution regardless of the fact that it doesn’t name the Times. So do I, but errr:
Direct media-bashing-by-name at this juncture could give Democrats political cover to vote against the resolution.
Heh. Yeah, we wouldn’t want them to do that.
Update: The Freepers, Protest Warriors, and a few others have obtained a sound permit and they’re planning to put it to good use outside the Times building on July 10th. Click for details.
Update: No less a personage than Ted Olson supports a federal shield law protecting journalists from having to reveal confidential sources at trial — except in cases involving classified information or national security. The Senate is considering a bill to that effect right now. Note Section 3(3). Bloggers are SOL, I’m afraid.