Friday, December 16, 2005

The NY Times and National Security

From this morning's New York Times:

Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible "dirty numbers" linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications.

The New York Times has effectively alerted terrorists that U.S. intelligence agenices might be investigating them without their knowledge. Terror cells and operatives in the U.S. are now aware that they aren't as protected as they thought they were from the U.S. government. Thus, these terrorists now know that their steps must be made more carefully, and that certain methods of communication may no longer be safe ways to relay messages.

All of this is bad for national security.

The more the terrorists know about how U.S. intelligence agencies get their information, the easier it will be for them to avoid detection and allow for them to plot another attack on U.S. soil. Valuable information that the U.S. government could know, it now will not, as the terrorists have been tipped to the U.S. intelligence agencies' tactics.

I wonder if the NY Times thought this through before publishing this article.

I'm sure their perogative was to "show" that the government was intruding on Americans' rights to privacy. They were probably worried about "Big Brother." They were probably sure that there was a government conspiracy abrew.

But in their never-ending search to nail the administration, the NY Times has effectively weakened our national security. Will they be held accountable? Probably not. Especially not by the MSM. The lefties are too busy celebrating with their defeat of the Patriot Act, and after exposing this NSA story on the same day, bottles are being uncorked throughout lefty-land.

This is merely another chapter in the story of the Dems' apathy for national security.

More reactions to the NY Times' leak from Power Line, Hugh Hewitt, Outside the Beltway, Confederate Yankee, and much, much more from Michelle Malkin.