What Are The Motives Of The Leakers and Their Media Enablers?
The big story this past week is that someone or ones are willing to break the law by leaking classified information and some major media outlets are willing to aid and abet the crime. The real question isn’t why the Bush administration took the actions it did, but rather why the leakers are leaking and why some in the media are more than happy to help.
The blogger on Philomathean writes:
Freedom of the press is cornerstone of democracy in the United States. … But freedom exercised without responsibility or common sense is a prescription for disaster. Recent revelations by The New York Times and other members of the press … have severely harmed national security.You, my friend are not alone. Bulldog Pundit writes - Fifth Column Again Aids Terrorists By Exposing US Tactics.
The press has always had broad discretion in what gets reported. But now they've gone too far. David Kaplan of U.S. News & World Report has just blown the cover on "a far-reaching, top secret program to monitor radiation levels at over a hundred Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area, including mosques, homes, businesses, and warehouses, plus similar sites in at least five other cities."
The cities being monitored by the FBI provide some idea of where al Qaeda would like to strike. If you live in or around Washington, D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York, and Seattle, your chances of dying an unnatural and painful death have just gone up, courtesy of the mainstream media.
This has got to stop. … I'm furious about this.
This is getting ridiculous. . .and extremely dangerous. Once again unnamed Fifth Columnists are doing everything in their power to ensure that classified tactics used by America to fight terrorism are exposed for all to see.For more on the question of warrantless radiation surveillance, read ORIN KERR AND EUGENE VOLOKH. And read this, too. Via Instapundit.
Is there anything the traitors revealing these secrets won't do to hurt America?
You will also hear much about the Supreme Court in the case of Kyllo v. U.S. in which the Court held that warrants were required to direct heat sensors at houses in order to detect marijuana growing devices. If you can't see the difference between detecting drugs and detecting nuclear bombs then there's really no hope for you, as you are stuck in the September 10th world of fighting terrorism by using law enforcement techniques. And we all know how that worked.
It’s pretty clear the Bush administration was motivated to take the actions it did to protect the safety and security of the American people. What’s motivating the leakers and their media enablers? These are the questions we’d like to see debated. Pundits, bloggers and talking heads can debate forever whether or not these programs are legal and constitutional. There’s no doubt the leakers broke the law. Let the media dig and expose the motives of the perpetrators of a known crime, one with potentially disastrous consequences for everyone.
And let’s get serious. Would anyone other than terrorists object to having their home, place of work or worship monitored for radiation levels? We’d consider the monitoring of a building we frequented to be a public service and a benefit. Who in the heck wants to live, work or worship someplace with high levels of radiation? Unreasonable search under the fourth amendment you say – give us a break. Unreasonable to whom?