A Side of Hypocrisy with that Treason?

It turns out that the outed top-secret banking program disclosed by the New York TImes and initiated by the Bush administration directly after 9/11, was the same program the Times called for on September 24, 2001. Wha-wha-whaaaaaaat?!? (NY Times, 2001) Organizing the hijacking of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon took significant sums of money. The cost of these plots suggests that putting Osama bin Laden and other international terrorists out of business will require more than diplomatic coalitions and military action. Washington and its allies must also disable the financial networks used by terrorists.

The Bush administration is preparing new laws to help track terrorists through their money-laundering activity and is readying an executive order freezing the assets of known terrorists. Much more is needed, including stricter regulations, the recruitment of specialized investigators and greater cooperation with foreign banking authorities. There must also be closer coordination among America's law enforcement, national security and financial regulatory agencies.

Wait a minute…so the newspaper practically demanded the Bush Administration implement this type of policy, knowing how important it is to track the financial transactions of terrorists, but when it was politically convenient for them to do so, they said, “to hell with the country, we got some Bush-bashing to do.” -- So much for responsible journalism…

If they supported this program then why, all of a sudden, did they compromise its effectiveness? In the NY Times own report, they indicated how well the program worked and highlighted several cases in which it resulted in the capture of big time Al Qaeda members. Obviously, this can't be about the “public’s right to know” argument that was used by Bill Keller to justify the exposure.

There are not even any questions of this program's legality, let alone a need to know about it. And by the Time’s own reporting, both in 2001 and now, this was a necessary tool in our fight against terrorism. Given these simple facts and the history of the newspaper, it seems to me that this “must”-have effort by the Bush Administration to track financial transactions of Al Qaeda was leaked to undermine the war on terror. Hey, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be an anti-war, left-wing newspaper that is engaging in political activism.