Fascists, like, Senator Pat Roberts, head of the Intelligence Committee, says he is asking the director of National Intelligence (an oxymoron, for any Bush appointee, like this one) to assess whether the media disclosures have hurt our intelligence efforts. This is baldfaced intimidation of the media.
Bill Keller, of the NY Times, commenting on his his rationale for reporting the latest disclosure about the the Bush administration'sspying on financial bank info for three years, said,
"Who are the editors of The New York Times... to disregard the wishes of the President and his appointees? And yet the people who invented this country saw an aggressive, independent press as a protective measure against the abuse of power in a democracy, and an essential ingredient for self-government. They rejected the idea that it is wise, or patriotic, to always take the President at his word, or to surrender to the government important decisions about what to publish."
There is no requirement that congressmen be sane or that they have an IQ larger than their waist size-- in inches. Peter King, of NY, is demanding that the NY Times be prosecuted for it's disclosures. What a total idiot,and worse, what a creepy fascist. My guess is that the NY Times is not warm and fuzzy with this right wing Bush rubber stamper. S
o he thinks, "why not kick the hell out of the editors when the chance arises."
When Bush says what the NY Times has done is shameful, I have to laugh. Last Friday, when he knew the article was coming out, he arrested a batch of silly fools who took some bait from espionage agents who effectively entrapped them into doing some stupid things. I imagine there are at least a dozen groups of bozo terrorists throughout the US that Gonzalez and Bush have on tap, that they can arrest any time some adverse news comes out that they want to distract the mainstream media from covering.
It worked beautifully on Friday. Now, the right wing echo chamber is going full tilt to bash the NY Times. It worked on Dan Rather. They shut him up and quashed the accusations about Bush's going AWOL when he was supposed to be working for the National Guard.
And tell your legislators that the idea that reporting that the US governemnt is spying on Americans is the paper's duty, and that it is laughably ridiculous to suggest that this disclosure in any way helped terrorists, who are surely aware that they have to watch how they leave any electronic trail. (Oh, now that I said that, will I be accused of alerting our enemies? I'm sure some idiot right wing congressman would bite on that opportunity.)
The US needs MORE newspapers reporting on these kinds of government abuses. Tell your local paper that you not only support what the NY Times did, but that you would like to see your local paper doing it too.