It has become increasingly clear that multiple members, if not most, of the leftist mainstream media no longer care about either the fate of the American people at the hands of terrorists or the survival of the United States. The latest example is that of the New York Times publishing yet another article that stabs our country and its people in the back, by publishing classified information regarding the tracking of radical Islamic terrorists’ international banking activities.
The Times’ article (“Bank Data Is Sifted by U.S. in Secret to Block Terror”), which was published Friday, was quickly picked up by all of the other usual media suspects—as well as the so-called primary terrorist news service Al Jazeera. This latest program to meet the fate of no-longer-fully-effective, due to a press hostile toward any attempts to stop terrorism, was legal. Subpoenas had been obtained. Even the unethical NY Times wrote that the program was legal. Under Secretary at the Treasury Department Stuart Levey said that the program “has provided us with a unique and powerful window into the operations of terrorist networks and is, without doubt, a legal and proper use of our authorities."
Quite apparently, the NY Times cared nothing about a program that would identify the “operations of terrorist networks”. In fact, the Times seems to have viewed it as a “duty” to inform said terrorists of the program’s danger to their organizations. The US government asked the NY Times to hold off publishing the story, as it would hurt our efforts to stop terrorist funding. The Times, however, refused and used the old, weary and catch-me-if-you-can excuse that it was “in the public interest”. Virtually anything can be construed to be in the public interest. That doesn’t mean the public has the “right to know” everything; most specifically an agenda that allows the government to identify and stop terrorists before they can hit us again. It appears that the Times’ “journalists” have either forgotten the attacks the country suffered on 11 September 2001 or simply choose to ignore them.
Is this just another example of anything for a buck or is it that the NY Times well-known hatred of President Bush is now clouding and influencing everything the paper prints? Irrespective of their ostensible “reasoning” (although I doubt any real reason was or is involved), this publication has again printed classified information about a program meant to help the US and other countries avoid another terrorist attack. This had nothing to do with the “rights” of US citizens. But, it did have everything to do with stopping terrorist funding.
So, in order to keep the terrorists informed of current US counter-terrorism activities, the NY Times printed a detailed account of another essential anti-terrorist program. This not only fully and unequivocally provides aid, comfort and support to those who long ago announced their plans to either take over or destroy our country but, continues to keep the “destruction game in play”. It’s a shame and has, once again, created another clear and present danger to the US—a US that no longer seems to have the internal fortitude to charge and prosecute the obvious perpetrators of criminal activities. In this case, prosecutions are not only highly warranted, they are necessary for our continued survival. The Constitutional protections afforded to a “free press” do not include treason.
Sher Zieve is a long-time syndicated columnist who generally writes columns of a politically Conservative and Constitutional nature. She also interviews notable people with an interesting and/or newsworthy story to tell. These include politicians, writers, activists and others in the news. Her work has been and continues to be carried by both national and international publications. Sher appears regularly on national talk shows.