Friday, April 21, 2006

Quislings and Pulitzers

Who gets to decide what should be declassified? Dana Priest won a Pulitzer for printing the classified info that the CIA had a secret detention facility in Eastern Europe. Today the agent who gave her the leak was fired. Good riddance.

However, when Bush declassified some information that showed there was nothing to the allegations by Joe Wilson, the liberal media acted like he'd violated the law.

I'd like someone to show me the Constitutional provision that gives the media the right to flaut the law? Are they so narcissistic that they can't imagine how they look to the rest of us? The president can't declassify information, but they can? The New York Times informed Al Qaeda that the NSA was wiretapping their communications with their agents in the U.S. How is this different from the Rosenbergs' delivery of our nuclear secrets to the Soviets?

I've been hearing this blather about the peoples' right to know all my life, but in the current political climate I don't trust anybody at the NYTimes or WaPo to decide what top secret operations should not be classified. The NSA wiretaps were arguably illegal, but there are exceptions in ordinary search and seizure law for exigent circumstances where vital information or evidence may be lost if the police have to wait around for a warrant. Didn't the NYTimes have any lawyers who knew that and could point out to them that the President has powers independent from Congress?

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