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Newsweek's hero, part 2 (MSM "Hero" is just a Traitor)
Powerline ^ | 12/17/2008 | Scott Johnson

Posted on 12/17/2008 1:50:26 PM PST by mojito

The current Newsweek cover story by Michael Isikoff identifies one of the major sources for the New York Times article blowing the government's terrorist surveillance program. He is one Thomas Tamm. Newsweek asks: "Is he a hero or a criminal?"

As I wrote over the weekend, the perspective of the photograph accompanying the article -- looking up at Tamm's craggy face -- leaves no doubt about where Newsweek stands. It's a little like Monica's accustomed perspective on Bill Clinton.

In "Newsweek's hero," I argued that Tamm was quite obviously a criminal. Other bloggers have done a good job rounding out the picture of Tamm. Patterico shows the less than inspirational poliitcal motivations that underlay Tamm's misconduct. AJ Strata cuts to the chase in "Portrait of a Benedict Arnold." He introduces his post with these reflections:

"All traitors think they are on the side of right. All enemies of this country, big and small, think they are agents of divine providence. And so it is with the idiot who exposed the new NSA procedures that were changed after 9-11 when we learned internally that we were blind to terrorists within our midst due to arcane rules which did not protect our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but protected the movement and coordination of mass murderers."

"This fool actually believed that to "believe in the US Constitution" meant he could (and should) break the laws under that Constitution based on the flimsiest of evidence and backed by a liberal personal bias against the policies in place. The story Newsweek has out on Thomas Tamm, a modern day Benedict Arnold, is not the story of a hero fighting an evil administration, like the liberal news media wants to portray. It is the story of rogue individual who created fantasies out of thin air and then used those fantasies to expose one of the most important defenses this nation has to terrorist attack - detecting these attacks before they can be executed. Defenses which, when exposed, can still be thwarted if you know what the defense is based on."

It's all worth reading and very helpful in rounding out the portrait Newsweek paints. It should be recalled, however, that Tamm was only one of the "nearly a dozen" sources cited by the New York Times for its story blowing the NSA terrorist surveillance program. Russell Tice outed himself as a source soon after the publication of the Times story. One wonders why the government has brought no prosecution to date in connection with the incredibly damaging crimes committed by Tamm, Tice and the others. One also wonders whether such treachery will continue to be the subject of adulation in the age of Obama.

As I argued in "Exposure," the New York Times is also subject to prosecution under the same espionage laws as Tamm, Tice and their brothers in crime. Michael Isikoff and his Newsweek colleagues are guilty only of being fools.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: newsweek; nsa; thomastamm; traitor
Think about it: A "hero" to the MSM is a man who feels a smug self-righteous duty to assist terrorists murder Americans and other innocents.
1 posted on 12/17/2008 1:50:27 PM PST by mojito
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Newsweek’s Hero, Part I is here:

2 posted on 12/17/2008 1:51:54 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

A New Socialist Man.

3 posted on 12/17/2008 1:51:54 PM PST by Old Sarge (For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American)
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To: mojito

Evidently the beheading of Daniel Pearl was of no importance at all.

He is on the side of the murdering dogs against our citizens.

4 posted on 12/17/2008 2:02:04 PM PST by Carley (LOL, the liberals and the media wouldn't have any)
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To: mojito

If there is major terrorist attack in this country,It should and will be open season on these people

5 posted on 12/17/2008 2:06:07 PM PST by Charlespg
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Thomas Tamm doesn't seem to have any pictures of himself available on One does suppose the Leftwingtards running that operation have sympathy with an ideological brother and have simply purged his public record.

Most of the lawyers at his level usually live out in Potomac or in Bethesda MD. Some live in Fairfax VA.

Hard to tell where this guy lives, or works now.

In fact, there's not much at all on this guy other than the stories about how he endangered us all and betrayed America.

Still, Newsweek could have clued us in to where his home was (Virginia, Maryland, DC), then we could track down that phone number through the maze of PBX's and gotten a better idea of his physical location.

No reason at all for a guy like this to hide ~ he will be found eventually!

6 posted on 12/17/2008 4:10:55 PM PST by muawiyah
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There is a photo of Tamm posted at the original Powerline source story.
7 posted on 12/17/2008 4:50:40 PM PST by mojito
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Not good enough, although based on that one picture you might guess that the Tamm side of the house might be Pomar or Russian ~ and access to his genealogy might give us other motives for his treachery.

That could be the reason he hasn't been arrested ~ maybe they're waiting on one of his cousins to show up someday.

Given the relationship Newsweek has to its owner Warren Buffett, maybe we also get an idea of how bloated plutocrats get their hands into the bowels of the state and plumb its secrets.

What this story tells us is that Warren Buffett thinks highly of Tamm.

8 posted on 12/17/2008 5:26:04 PM PST by muawiyah
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