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                                                                                              June 29, 2006

 

 

                       

          Is It Really the Public Interest or Your Own?

 

 

 

Americans should be more than outraged by the blatant disregard for their safety by the New York Times in releasing sensitive information leaked to them by members of our own government.  (More on this later)

 

Not only have they made our enemy aware of National Security Secrets, they have also made the organization known as SWIFT a target of future terrorist attacks.

 

SWIFT, Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, is a Belgium Company who was cooperating with the Administration in TFTP, Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, in an attempt to trace financial comings and goings of terrorist organizations.  The fact that the NYT has been one of the more vocal proponents of cooperation between our European allies and the US seems to have forgotten its own demands, all for the price of its own agenda and Bush hatred.

 

According to various news articles reason for this disclosure is the right of the public to know, or as the editor of the NYT has said, and I quote:

 

   “We have listened closely to the administration's arguments for withholding this information, and given them the most serious and respectful consideration. We remain convinced that the administration's extraordinary access to this vast repository of international financial date, however carefully targeted use of it may be, is a matter of public interest."

 

Public interest, you have got to be kidding!

 

Despite meetings with the Bush Administration wherein various people INCLUDING Senator Murtha were present the NYT decided it was in its OWN SELF INTEREST to go ahead and publish this sensitive information. 

 

The blood of future American citizens and now possibly employees of SWIFT will lie at doorstep of the NYT Building on 42nd Street in NYC. 

 

It is the opinion of this writer that not only should outraged Americans boycott the NYT, but all that do business with, advertise with, and/or have any association with them. 

 

To paraphrase Ms. Coulter, I hope the NYT gives equal treatment to the secrets of the terrorists, but I doubt it.

 

As for those that leaked this information they should be hunted down, and the very least made to resign from their positions.  Prosecution comes to mind as well, for they like the enablers at the NYT have betrayed the trust of the American people to protect them by doing the right thing. Those government employees have a DUTY, to protect the constitution and as such the nation. They take a sworn oath to do so, yet it seems that their words mean little to them. 

 

All of this will no doubt will be very noticed and monitored by those European Allies the NYT demands we cooperate with. It is my thoughts and others as well, that they will be even more reluctant to do just that if their operatives and by extension their citizens are endangered by a callous disregard by the media for everyone’s safety.

 

Rich

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