Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Administration wages war on reporters

The attorney general of the United States said, on ABC's Sunday talk show, "This Week," that reporters who publish classified information will be prosecuted. According to the Associated Press (AP), Attorney General Alberto Gonzales declined to say whether or not the Justice Department would prosecute The New York Times for its December 2005 reporting that revealed the existence of a massive domestic spying program conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) at the behest of President Bush.

"There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility," Gonzales said, referring to prosecutions. "We have an obligation to enforce those laws. We have an obligation to ensure that our national security is protected."
Before rushing to the conclusion, mes amis, that Mr. Attorney General means only to protect your security and mine, your blogstress urges you to consider the fact that president has the power to classify, at will, any damn thing he wants -- which means, essentially, that if the president doesn't want it known, a journalist is vulnerable to prosecution for reporting it.

Cross-reference this bit of information, if you will, with the assertion of Brian Ross, the ABC News chief investigative correspondent, to your blogstress that the government has turned the tools granted the administration for pursing terrorists on the nation's journalists. Ross revealed last week that his phone records, as well as those of reporters at The New York Times and the Washington Post are being monitored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Make no mistake, dear readers: the permanent, secret government of unelected spymasters has completed its coup.

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