Skip to comments.Cheney trashes media
Posted on 06/24/2006 5:58:31 AM PDT by StatenIsland
WASHINGTON - Vice President Cheney raked the media yesterday for exposing a secret Bush administration project to look into financial transactions of Americans as part of the war on terror. "What I find most disturbing about these stories is the fact that some of the news media take it upon themselves to disclose vital national security programs, thereby making it more difficult for us to prevent future attacks against the American people," Cheney grumbled at a GOP fund-raiser in Illinois. "That offends me."
The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal first broke the story, infuriating Cheney, who has been on a crusade to get the press not to reveal programs the White House deems necessary to fight terror but have been denounced by some privacy advocates.
Earlier this week, Cheney said the news media should withhold publishing stories when the government asks them to, on the grounds of protecting national security.
The White House was upset last month when news leaked that it was eavesdropping on Americans without first getting warrants.
The White House contends it's not an invasion of Americans' privacy to sift through international financial records.
"This terrorist tracking program ... is really government at its best. It's responsible government. It's effective government. It's government that works," outgoing Treasury Secretary John Snow contended yesterday.
"This is not a fishing expedition. We're not simply trolling for data. We're not mining data. We are, rather, making precise inquiries," Snow said.
Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government began secretly looking at records from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. The Belgium-based cooperative routes about $6 trillion daily between banks, brokerages, stock exchanges and other financial institutions. The program did not include looking at everyday transactions by ordinary Americans.
The records helped track Riduan Isamuddin, known as Hambali, the suspected Al Qaeda boss in Southeast Asia, according to The Times.
It's a beautiful sight to see....
[I think we have a dangerous situation today where the U.S. press is trying to get absolute freedom.Senator Jeff Sessions had an interesting comment on this subject:"If a spy comes into our country and gets secure information and gives it to the enemy,we prosecute them and put them in jail.But if a reporter gets secure information and publishes it to our enemies and to the whole world,they get the Pulitzer Prize."]
Maybe the spies are the journalists.
He should remind all that the "media" may wery well get a hellava lot of LIBS killed. Er Ah, wait, Hmmm Gotta thimk this over sum more.
Perfectly safe in this country to spy as a journalist
I agree with you. I wish the President and VP would put charges of treason where their mouths are, but I know that will never happen. I don't think anyone will ever be charged with treason in this country again - or at least not while it's a Republican-controlled White House and Congress... sigh...
[When a person has a top secret clearance, you basically have taken an oath to keep your mouth shut for ever.]
That's right. Let's see if Mary O. McCarthy (former CIA leaker) gets prosecuted.
Rush says there is a 'shadow government' of Clinton people out to destroy dubya and could care less what damage it causes this country's ability to protect it's citizens.
I believe Rush has nailed it.
I say fine the NYT $250 Billion to repair the damage they have caused,
plus the damages from any future attacks this program may have prevented.
The NYT owners are scared their income tax avoidance schemes will be exposed.
Arrest 'em 7 throw 'em in jail until we win the war on terrorism. Even if that takes decades.
The entire Democrat Party and the Mainstream media are traitors to our country
I agree %1000 .The NY Times needs to be dragged into court. They are putting road block in the way of the gov. finding out how to stop the PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KILL ME. Plain and simple . How much more simple can that be ? I think FR needs to push for dragging the NYT to court on this one . I cannot believe they get away with revealing anti terrorist methods.
That was utterly worthless! Hey Cheney, you and Bush stop being a bunch aof wusses and grow a set! Round up Pinch and his gang and try them for Teason and Sedition!
But the kicker is is that congressional members in the committee (though committee leaders knew about this operation a long time ago I believe) were briefed on this a couple weeks ago. That's where an investigation as to who gave this to the press should come from. Could be from staffers or it could be from one of the horses mouth.
A few people need to loose their government pensions for leaking information in order to clarify the minds of the hacks.
You want answers?
I think I'm entitled.
You want answers?!
I want the truth!
You can't handle the truth!
We need to flod the Attorny Generals office with letters and emails to go after the NY Times for leaking legal anti terrorist methods. They are responsible for putting me in danger and I'm furious. Anone have an address/email for the US Attorny General ?
Boy have I been wrong. I have assumed all these years that the government was doing this in some fashion or another. But now the NYT and WSJ are telling me that this is NEWS. Perhaps they were concerned that our enemy (both domestic and foreign) didn't grasp it.
Might not be in the government this time, or the phone call tracing. Might be someone in the banks or other institutions. In the phone records case, it might be someone in the phone company.
Whoever it was, they should be punished as the law allows, and as much as law allows.
I suspect the press can't be punished, except maybe for not revealing their sources to a grand jury and later a trial jury.
The Dems want power so badly that they would put us all in danger in order to slander Bush and the Republicans .This si disgusting.
Cheney grumbled, "I am offended..." by the Fifth Column Media disclosing/leaking info on VITAL natl security programs, etc.
Good Grief! Can you hear the thunder?
Check out the pictures (doctored WW II posters) on Michele Malkin's website - it's perfect.
This program has been disclosed to the Senate Intel committee for ages. Feinstein and other dems have heard all about this. I'm leaks have to be coming from Dem staffers on the intell committee.
Of the theories on this thread, your's seems to me to ring most true.
If that's the case, I think firing squads are in order.
Well look at who knows about this stuff, and who has something to gain. Inside intel people may have some reason, some idealistic reason for being pissed at Bush and his reconfiguration of the power structure within the community. But I doubt it. The liberals have HUGE reasons to let this stuff out to continue their campaign of 'corruption and power grabbing' by the right.
They ought to fly every democratic staffer on the intel committee over to Egypt and exact some truth out of them.
This article is an embarrassment. Whoever wrote this has absolutely no journalistic integrity.
I would bet large that this information and subsequent decision to print and expose was promoted by 'a' US Senator. I would further surmise that the same leaker gave hollow assurances of no government retaliation if and when printed.
Our biggest enemy of late is our sitting incumbants.
"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged."
- Abraham Lincoln
The times is guilty of sedition ....There is a war going on and the Times is against us..The Liberal socialist are also at war with us ..They want us to fail the war and they want power in this country .
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He'd lose in court. They can print what they know, but they have no right to know anything. Those holding classified information who leak it to the press are another story, and are in violation of the law. They can be prosecuted. The press cannot. Except, as I say, for not revealing who gave them the information.
Bush is trying to protect the country during time of war - the New York Times hates Bush so much they would rather Americans die. That's about it.
The Times hates President Bush so much they want him to fail at protecting the American people from death. The New York Times has chosen the door with the tiger behind it...
It's amazing who chooses Bin Ladin and company over America...
Anyone with even a pea brain should recall that President Bush told the nation from pulpit of the National Cathedral on 9/14/01 that there would be things going on that we would never know about, that it would involve personal and financial aspects of suspects. This really isn't news ... or weren't the Markey's and Maloney's listening? We all knew full well, in the aftermath of 9/11, that the government was going to use every tool available to track possible terrorists. Why is this news ?
The Maloney woman, is particularly offenseive. Her claim to fame is that her husband was killed and son paralyzed because a lone gunman got on a LIRR train and started shooting .... tragic as that was, it would be a picnic compared to what these terrorists would do, given the chance. She's all in favor of gun control, but not terrorist control? She might want to consider STFU.
I caught that one too. The Bush haters in the media think they're so clever and we're stupid. They've become obvious to the point of being pathetic.
No, no, no. The President and VP can do nothing, neither can the DOJ, the DOD, congress or any other government agency. You see, there's this little matter of the constitution. HOWEVER, although the constitution restricts what the GOVERNMENT can or can no do, it makes no mention of what the PEOPLE decide they can or can not do.
In days gone by, the American people showed their ire with creeps like this by cover them with hot tar and feathers and running them out of town on a rail. That is NOT vigilante justice, it is sensible protection of the American people BY the American people. It's OUR job to do something, we're the only ones the constitution does NOT restrict.
Unfortunately, these morons reside in New York, and, although New York has been hit with a terrorist attack, it doesn't seem to have more than a half dozen people who believe 9-11 actually happened. Except, of course, when the money slows, then they suddenly remember about terror and all that. The very fact that these writers from the NYT and WSJ can walk the streets without being buried in rotten fruit and vegetables shows you just what New York City is composed of.
Not only does the MSM want to leak stories to injure our ability to fight the terror-scum, they f**k up the story beyond recognition as well.
I've gotten to the point where I hope it's only their hatred of President Bush. What if they really are actively working against this country - for other reasons? Reasons that might be much darker. It's almost too horrible to think about, but what could make the New York Times be willing to risk all of our lives? Can it be just hatred?
The NY Times does not hold a security clearance. They cannot be prosecuted for revealing information they are not supposed to have in the first place. Someone else does hold such a clearance, the ones who gave them the information, and can and should be prosecuted.
That said, they are traitorous slime, and no one should ever by their wares again. They will pay, in the market, for their treason.
They DO have a bigger plan .The Times is the voice of liberal socialism ..The paper is their propaganda arm.Take it from there my friend.
I just learned the other day that all EX-Presidents as a courtesy are allowed at the National Security Briefings. That being the case I think we can pretty well guess who the leakers are. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
So you're telling me that a news paper has carte blanche to spread govt secrets any time in any manner because they are NOT supposed to have that info. I think you'r ewrong my friend . So by your logic a spy cannot be prosecuted because he is spreading information he isn't supposed to have .
I get your point. LOL!
You should run.
What are you saying happens to every insurance policy in the event of war?
Oh my gosh!!!!!