June 29, 2006
— Ace While the left has its talking points -- of course terrorists knew their money was being tracked, etc. -- the most immediate harm comes via our skittish allies. While foreign governments are hostile to the US, they're positively sweethearts compared to the anti-Americanism of their populations. Poland is often cited as a key US ally, and it is; but the Polish people are much less eager to assist in, say, Iraq than their government is.
When it is exposed that foreign institutions are governments are cooperating with the despised US, public pressure will be brought to bear, and may limit or end cooperation with the US.
The New York Times alerted the anti-American popuations of Europe that their banks were aiding the US and that their governments were looking the other way. Will they now continue to look the other way?
A former federal prosecutor who handled major terrorism cases, Andrew C. McCarthy, said he believed that the greatest harm from news reports about such classified programs was the message that Americans could not keep secrets.
"If foreign intelligence services think anything they tell us will end up in the newspapers, they'll stop sharing so much information," said Mr. McCarthy, now a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington.
Posted by: Brad at June 29, 2006 10:06 AM (1F8YK)
Posted by: The Machine at June 29, 2006 10:11 AM (L/jMX)
Really, if you were MI5 or the Mossad, would you tell your American counterparts anything?
Posted by: JSinger at June 29, 2006 10:18 AM (EqFh0)
I don't see how the Times concluded this would hurt Bush oon the domestic front (though they may be that out of touch), but it does embarrass him in front of our allies.
Posted by: Mark at June 29, 2006 10:29 AM (QE/AK)
Posted by: Mark V. at June 29, 2006 10:56 AM (2ipxY)
Posted by: roc ingersol at June 29, 2006 11:04 AM (m2CN7)
Posted by: Bebeaux at June 29, 2006 02:44 PM (Nwtia)
The Times has a strong incentive to protect the leaker. He/She is gold to them. That makes them partial, and morally, ethically, should stay out of it. By controlling the debate, they keep it focused on Journalism and the first amendment. Concede the point and let it blunt from rust. They were shits to do it. Big story. If, however they actively harbor a fugitive, it becomes an ongoing crime, committed in public. The folks will notice.
Posted by: Tom M at June 29, 2006 04:34 PM (ARXgj)
Has the ring of truth to it, it does.
*(it may have been a commentor here for all I know).
Posted by: Matt at June 29, 2006 04:44 PM (3bFaP)
Posted by: spurwing plover at June 29, 2006 05:45 PM (UdEnh)
No need to over-think this.
Posted by: Barry at June 30, 2006 08:10 AM (kKjaJ)
Don't blame Keller - he's just taking the heat for the quisling clown the nyt won't fire - Lynch Poisonfilthberger IV, and as long as the Poisonfilthberger family controls the nyt, it will continue to side with evil and agaisnt America - just as tit has always done. The nyt and the Poisonfilthbergers - America's home-grown curse.
Posted by: max at June 30, 2006 01:54 PM (jF15v)
Posted by: JOHN RYAN at July 02, 2006 05:22 PM (TcoRJ)
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