The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee urged the Bush administration on Sunday to seek criminal charges against newspapers that reported on a secret financial-monitoring program used to trace terrorists.
Rep. Peter King cited The New York Times in particular for publishing a story last week that the Treasury Department was working with the CIA to examine messages within a massive international database of money-transfer records.
There was nothing illegal about this latest program that the NYT exposed. It was working. It was successful. It was legal. And the Administration asked the Times to NOT PRINT THE DAMN STORY because it would compromise the program's effectivness.
But the NYT put it out anyway, and that's one more program that we cannot use to capture terrorists.
So I say hold their feet to the fire. Find out who's leaking the stories and burn their asses. Put people in jail for a good looooooooooooooooooong time.
But like I said, I don't think it will actually happen. As much as I hate to say it, I really do believe it will take another terrorist attack on this country before people get serious about dealing with terrorists and the countries that support them.