I picked up my New York Times this morning and wanted to EXPLODE.
The Times today decided to disclose the existence of "a secret Bush administration program" -- notice they don't say "US government program" -- involving US tracking of financial transactions of persons possibly dealing with Al Qaeda. A similar story apparently ran in the Los Angeles Times.
"Bush administration program." That's like calling the Normandy invasion, the "Roosevelt administation's invasion program." That little sleight of hand is to distance the readers of the Grey Lady Saboteur from the realization that the New York Times has given strategic intelligence information to the nation's enemies.
The Espionage Act (18 USC § § 793, 794). is still on the books. According to Section 794(a), in pertinent part:
Whoever, with intent or reason to believe that it is to be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation, communicates, delivers, or transmits, or attempts to communicate, deliver, or transmit, to any foreign government, or to any faction or party or military or naval force within a foreign country, whether recognized or unrecognized by the United States, or to any representative, officer, agent, employee, subject, or citizen thereof, either directly or indirectly, any document. . . or information relating to the national defense, shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for any term of years or for life. . .I hope that Attorney General Gonzales, forthwith, subpoenas Mr. Eric Lichtblau and Mr. James Risen, and all of their superiors, editors, gang leaders of any description, and inquires as to their sources, and throws them in the SLAMMER until they are old, grey like their saboteur journal and feeble, if they don't give them up -- and prosecutes their sources -- and them, to the fullest extent of any law they can trump-up, including jaywalking.
These people have given US intelligence sources, methods and information to the enemy, and they ought to burn for it.
If these people had known Admiral Nimitz was reading the Japansese codes in 1942, what do you wanna bet they'd have published that too? Anything to sell papers.