Skip to comments.The Vice President made this statement today (about the NY Slimes)
Posted on 06/26/2006 2:11:34 PM PDT by pissant
THE VICE PRESIDENT: "In the decade prior to 9/11, we spent more than $2 trillion on national security. Yet we lost nearly 3,000 Americans at the hands of 19 men armed with box cutters and airline tickets. In the case of al Qaeda we are not dealing with large armies that we can track, or uniforms we can see, or men with territory of their own to defend. Their preferred tactic, which they boldly proclaim, is to slip into countries, blend in among the innocent, and kill without mercy and without restraint. They have intelligence and counterintelligence operations of their own. They are using the most sophisticated communications technology they can get their hands on.
"In pursuit of their objectives, they have carried out a number of attacks since 9/11 in Casablanca, Jakarta, Mombassa, Bali, Riyadh, Baghdad, Istanbul, Madrid, London, Sharm al-Sheikh, and elsewhere. Here in the U.S., we have not had another 9/11. Obviously, no one can guarantee that we won't be hit again. But the relative safety of these past nearly five years now did not come about by accident. We've been protected by sensible policy decisions by the President, by decisive action at home and abroad, and by round-the-clock efforts on the part of the people in our armed forces, law enforcement, intelligence, and homeland security.
"Some in the press, in particular The New York Times, have made the job of defending against further terrorist attacks more difficult by insisting on publishing detailed information about vital national security programs.
"The first was the terrorist surveillance program. Sometimes the press calls it domestic surveillance, it is not domestic surveillance. It's a program aimed at the communications that are international in nature at least one end of the communication has to be outside the United States, and one end has to be affiliated with or associated with al Qaeda.
"The second program that The New York Times has now disclosed is the terrorist financial tracking program, just within about the last week or so. These are both good programs. They provide valuable intelligence. They are very carefully managed to safeguard the civil liberties of the American people. They have been successful in helping break up terrorist plots. They are done in accordance with the Constitution, and there has in both cases both programs have been properly notified to the appropriate officials in the United States Congress.
"The New York Times has now twice two separate occasions disclosed programs; both times they had been asked not to publish those stories by senior administration officials. They went ahead anyway. The leaks to The New York Times and the publishing of those leaks is very damaging. The ability to intercept al Qaeda communications and to track their sources of financing are essential if we're going to successfully prosecute the global war on terror. Our capabilities in these areas help explain why we have been so successful in preventing further attacks like 9/11. The New York Times has now made it more difficult for us to prevent attacks in the future. Publishing this highly classified information about our sources and methods for collecting intelligence will enable the terrorists to look for ways to defeat our efforts. These kinds of stories also adversely affect our relationships with people who work with us against the terrorists. In the future, they will be less likely to cooperate if they think the United States is incapable of keeping a secret.
"What is doubly disturbing for me is that not only have they gone forward with these stories, but they've been rewarded for it, for example, in the case of the terrorist surveillance program, by being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for outstanding journalism. I think that is a disgrace."
Come on...sic the AG on the NYT!!!!!
Okay, so who are the scumbags that leak this stuff to the Slimes, anyway?
ANy lawyers out there? Can we have a class action lawsuit against the Slimes for endangering American lives?
My preferred response as well.
Nicely put by the VP.
Whoever it is, needs to spend the rest of his pathetic life in the slammer.
Strong words from the vice-president. Will they be backed up with action? Imagine if this sort of thing had happened in 1942 or 1918. It's not just a disgrace. It's putting the lives of American citizens in jeopardy.
Publishing this highly classified information about our sources and methods for collecting intelligence will enable the terrorists to look for ways to defeat our efforts."
Not to put too fine a point on it, but just how much treason is our president prepared to tolerate? Is there a treason meter in the White House that will let our POTUS know when enough is enough? Most people already think that line has been crossed.
A liberal is someone who can look at the blood of innocents on their hands and say it's only a rash.
Causing grief among our allies.
What would you expect?
It should be a felony for any reporter to print a story that can damage or harm national security. Also the paper that allowed the story should face a heavy fine and the editor who allowed the story to go to print should face jail time as well.
In my lifetime, I would only place Reagan higher than Cheney. Please do something about this Mr. Vice President. Rheoric followed by inaction only fuels their fire.
What does it take to get this administration to defend this country in every way?