Skip to comments.Poll: NSA Leakers are 'Traitors'
Posted on 01/19/2006 3:06:43 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
Americans overwhelmingly support President Bush's decision to wiretap suspected terrorists operating inside the U.S. without first obtaining a court order - and a solid plurality believe those who leaked news of the secret operation are "traitors," a Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll has found.
Asked whether the president "should have the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor electronic communications of suspected terrorists without getting warrants, even if one end of the communication is in the United States?" - 58 percent of those surveyed said yes.
Just 36 percent disagreed.
According to Dick Morris, who reveals the poll's stunning results in today's New York Post - even 42 percent of Democrats back the Bush surveillance program.
The results flatly contradict a widely reported Associated Press poll two weeks ago, which sampled a dispropotionate percentage of Democrats and concluded that the public objected to the Bush surveillance program. In another stunning finding, the Fox poll found by that a margin of nearly 2 to 1, the American public believes that those responsible for exposing the super secret surveillance program have betrayed the country.
Fifty percent of those surveyed called those responsible for blowing the NSA's cover "traitors," while just 27 percent agreed with media claims that the leakers were "whistleblowers."
By a margin of 42 to 34 percent, even Democrats agreed with the "traitor" label.
Americans also strongly support renewing the Patriot Act by a nearly 2 to 1 margin [57 to 31 percent].
And a solid plurality of those surveyed - 46 percent - credit Bush administration counterterrorism efforts for preventing al Qaeda from carrying out another 9/11-style attack on the U.S. Notes Morris:
"These statistics tell us that Democratic politicians are just hurting themselves by raising and dwelling on the wiretap issue . . . We're more afraid of al Qaeda than of our own elected officials."
"In other words," he adds, "Ann Coulter represents the Democratic mainstream better than Al Gore on this one!"
No ifs, ands or buts. The need speedy trials and the firing squad.
Sounds like a lot of the country has more sense than the 'Rat leadership--and the NY Times.
Ask if they should be hung...that will get some schincters quivering.
And it's driving them nuts.
My my! You mean to tell me that the Old Medias propoganda machine is failing?
It's about time they were called Traitors by elected politicians and strung up for that Treason. Unfortunately half would have to convict themselves.
But, yeah, the American public doesn't think treason is a quaint antique practice. It's a current everyday event.
This reminds me of Kerry's famous line
"Is this where I ken git me a huntin license?"
If a democRAT senator or congresscritter leaked information about this program, that person must resign and face prosecution for leaking classifed material and for treason. As the ACLU likes to say, no one is above the law.
This is backfiring big time on the Dems and the MSM. Every time they bring up the subject it forces people, even those who are having second thoughts on the war, to reflect upon the fact that we have not been attacked since 9/11 and Bush has been on top of our surveillance strategies.
Rockefeller? Turban Durbin?
my guess rocky
Republican or Democrat: Any Senator who leaked this information should be first expelled from the Senate and then prosecuted to the fullest extent. People need to do hard time.
Also, we need a draconian law similar to England's Official Secrets Act to deter further leaking.
Chuckie Shmuckie Schumer must've been the pollster.
Seriously, this illustrates how 9/10 the Democrats are. They expected huge numbers of Americans to boil because of this "scandal." But then again, they live in a world where Daniel Ellsburg is a hero, the Summer of Love never turned to winter, and love beads are the season's "must-have" fashion accessory.
In the Hollywood/Liberal/ACLU/NEA/PAW/NOW world, a President is merely a puppet on their string (like Clinton), not the Founders' vision of a constitutionally empowered Executive who provides leadership during times of crisis and doesn't consult their so-called "polls" to decide on his next move.
That American citizens understand what 9/11 meant, that we were attacked and are at war, and that such a non-traditional (nation against nation) war requires non-conventional strategies may come as a surprise to Democrats. It may also surprise them that when they named the screaming Dean to be their Party's logo, they lost whatever credibility the Party once had with ordinary Americans.
As many good former Democrats have said, "I didn't leave the Party. The Party left me!" They look at Dean, Kerry, Kennedy, and the other out-of-touch loonies and wonder what happened to their father's and grandfather's Democratic Party.