02 November 2006

The New York Times Betrays Us Again

This really ticks me off.

The New York Times has published classified information on their front page again. Thanks for helping the enemy further, you worthless, sub-human slugs.

The Pentagon is looking into how classified information indicating Iraq is moving closer to chaos wound up on the front page of Wednesday's New York Times, and is not ruling out an investigation that could lead to criminal charges.

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which has responsibility for operations in Iraq, confirmed to FOX News that a chart published in The Times is a real reflection of the thinking of military intelligence on the situation in Iraq as of Oct. 18, adding that an effort is underway to find out who leaked the chart and if the breach of operational security constitutes a crime.

Fox News, 2 November 2006

This is the type of thing that emboldens our enemies, reduces morale, and causes other nations to fear sharing information with us out of concerns that their secrets and/or assistance will end up as a bold-type headline.

Al-Jazeera will broadcast this to the Arab world. The terrorists will most likely see this as a win, and they may ramp up their attacks because of it. The Democrats will run with this one, using it for political gain instead of having any concern for the war effort and the safety and security of U.S. forces in the region.

The NYT won't publish the good news from Iraq, but the second that they can publish anything to hurt the war effort, classified or otherwise, that is splashed across the front page. It makes you wonder if the NYT (or any other member of the MSM) would publish classified information that showed anything positive. They shouldn't, but that hasn't stopped them yet, although I don't think that they would.

I hope that the government finally busts heads up and down the line on this one. The leakers need to be found, tried, and then given the stiffest penalty possible. I would love to see the reporters and editors involved in this one to be taken down, too.

Hell, if I were the military brass, I'd start working on getting a special unit organized that would pose as reporters in order to get close to the bad guys and knock them out. Of course, that would probably make the media a target for terrorists, but they haven't been concerned with the effects of their actions on our military, so our military shouldn't be concerned if their actions bring retribution against the press.

Eighteen weeks ago the House of Representatives passed a bill in which it was noted that "Federal statutes criminalize the unauthorized disclosure and publication of sensitive intelligence information, regardless of the source," and which resolved, in part, that the House of Representatives expects the media to help the war effort by not disclosing any such sensitive information.

Enforce those federal statutes now, and then name names in the next resolution so that the Congressional Record will hold the names of the institutions, leakers, and others who have betrayed our national trust.

The resolution of H. Res. 895, passed on 29 June 2006, is below. It passed with 227 yeas, 183 nays, and 22 not voting. The emphasis is mine.

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) supports efforts to identify, track, and pursue suspected foreign terrorists and their financial supporters by tracking terrorist money flows and uncovering terrorist networks here and abroad, including through the use of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program;

(2) finds that the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program has been conducted in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders, that appropriate safeguards and reviews have been instituted to protect individual civil liberties, and that Congress has been appropriately informed and consulted for the duration of the Program and will continue its oversight of the Program;

(3) condemns the unauthorized disclosure of classified information by those persons responsible and expresses concern that the disclosure may endanger the lives of American citizens, including members of the Armed Forces, as well as individuals and organizations that support United States efforts; and

(4) expects the cooperation of all news media organizations in protecting the lives of Americans and the capability of the government to identify, disrupt, and capture terrorists by not disclosing classified intelligence programs such as the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program.

Democrats made up 95% of those voting against, and only 7% of those voting for, a resolution condemning the unauthorized disclosure of classified information and expecting cooperation from all news media organizations in not disclosing classified intelligence programs.

The list below is of the 183 members of the House of Representatives who voted against H. Res. 895, sorted by state and then name. If your representative is listed here, you may want to contact him/her and ask why they voted that way and, in light of the latest leak on the front page of the NYT, if they would like to change their mind. If my representative was on here, I'd let him know that that one vote against condemning security leaks had cost him my vote.

He isn't, and I'm still voting Republican on 7 November 2006.

Rep. Robert E. (Bud) Cramer, Jr. (D - AL 5th)
Rep. Artur Davis (D - AL 7th)
Rep. Marion Berry (D - AR 1st)
Rep. Vic Snyder (D - AR 2nd)
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D - AZ 7th)
Rep. Ed Pastor (D - AZ 4th)
Rep. Joe Baca (D - CA 43rd)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D - CA 31st)
Rep. Howard L. Berman (D - CA 28th)
Rep. Lois Capps (D - CA 23rd)
Rep. Dennis A. Cardoza (D - CA 18th)
Rep. Jim Costa (D - CA 20th)
Rep. Susan A. Davis (D - CA 53rd)
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D - CA 14th)
Rep. Sam Farr (D - CA 17th)
Rep. Bob Filner (D - CA 51st)
Rep. Jane Harman (D - CA 36th)
Rep. Michael M. Honda (D - CA 15th)
Rep. Tom Lantos (D - CA 12th)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D - CA 9th)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D - CA 16th)
Rep. Doris O. Matsui (D - CA 5th)
Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D - CA 37th)
Rep. George Miller (D - CA 7th)
Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D - CA 38th)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D - CA 8th)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D - CA 34th)
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D - CA 47th)
Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (D - CA 39th)
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D - CA 29th)
Rep. Brad Sherman (D - CA 27th)
Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D - CA 32nd)
Rep. Fortney Pete Stark (D - CA 13th)
Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D - CA 10th)
Rep. Mike Thompson (D - CA 1st)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D - CA 35th)
Rep. Diane E. Watson (D - CA 33rd)
Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D - CA 30th)
Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey (D - CA 6th)
Rep. Diana DeGette (D - CO 1st)
Rep. Mark Udall (D - CO 2nd)
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D - CT 3rd)
Rep. John B. Larson (D - CT 1st)
Rep. Christopher Shays (R - CT 4th)
Rep. Corrine Brown (D - FL 3rd)
Rep. Jim Davis (D - FL 11th)
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D - FL 23rd)
Rep. Kendrick B. Meek (D - FL 17th)
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D - FL 20th)
Rep. Robert Wexler (D - FL 19th)
Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D - GA 2nd)
Rep. John Lewis (D - GA 5th)
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D - GA 4th)
Rep. David Scott (D - GA 13th)
Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D - HI 1st)
Rep. Ed Case (D - HI 2nd)
Rep. C. L. "Butch" Otter (R - ID 1st)
Rep. Jerry F. Costello (D - IL 12th)
Rep. Danny K. Davis (D - IL 7th)
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D - IL 5th)
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D - IL 4th)
Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D - IL 2nd)
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D - IL 3rd)
Rep. Donald A. Manzullo (R - IL 16th)
Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D - IL 9th)
Rep. Julia Carson (D - IN 7th)
Rep. Peter J. Visclosky (D - IN 1st)
Rep. Dennis Moore (D - KS 3rd)
Rep. Ben Chandler (D - KY 6th)
Rep. William J. Jefferson (D - LA 2nd)
Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D - MA 8th)
Rep. William D. Delahunt (D - MA 10th)
Rep. Barney Frank (D - MA 4th)
Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D - MA 9th)
Rep. Edward J. Markey (D - MA 7th)
Rep. James P. McGovern (D - MA 3rd)
Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D - MA 5th)
Rep. Richard E. Neal (D - MA 2nd)
Rep. John W. Olver (D - MA 1st)
Rep. John F. Tierney (D - MA 6th)
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R - MD 6th)
Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D - MD 3rd)
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D - MD 7th)
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D - MD 5th)
Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D - MD 2nd)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D - MD 8th)
Rep. Albert Russell Wynn (D - MD 4th)
Rep. Thomas H. Allen (D - ME 1st)
Rep. Michael H. Michaud (D - ME 2nd)
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D - MI 14th)
Rep. John D. Dingell (D - MI 15th)
Rep. Dale E. Kildee (D - MI 5th)
Rep. Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D - MI 13th)
Rep. Sander M. Levin (D - MI 12th)
Rep. Bart Stupak (D - MI 1st)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D - MN 4th)
Rep. James L. Oberstar (D - MN 8th)
Rep. Martin Olav Sabo (D - MN 5th)
Rep. Russ Carnahan (D - MO 3rd)
Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D - MO 1st)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D - MO 5th)
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D - MS 2nd)
Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D - NC 1st)
Rep. Bob Etheridge (D - NC 2nd)
Rep. Walter B. Jones (R - NC 3rd)
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D - NC 7th)
Rep. Brad Miller (D - NC 13th)
Rep. David E. Price (D - NC 4th)
Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D - NC 12th)
Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D - ND At Large)
Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D - NJ 1st)
Rep. Scott Garrett (R - NJ 5th)
Rep. Rush D. Holt (D - NJ 12th)
Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D - NJ 6th)
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D - NJ 8th)
Rep. Donald M. Payne (D - NJ 10th)
Rep. Steven R. Rothman (D - NJ 9th)
Rep. Tom Udall (D - NM 3rd)
Rep. Shelley Berkley (D - NV 1st)
Rep. Gary L. Ackerman (D - NY 5th)
Rep. Timothy H. Bishop (D - NY 1st)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D - NY 7th)
Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D - NY 17th)
Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey (D - NY 22nd)
Rep. Steve Israel (D - NY 2nd)
Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D - NY 18th)
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D - NY 14th)
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D - NY 4th)
Rep. Michael R. McNulty (D - NY 21st)
Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D - NY 6th)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D - NY 8th)
Rep. Major R. Owens (D - NY 11th)
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D - NY 15th)
Rep. José E. Serrano (D - NY 16th)
Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D - NY 28th)
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D - NY 10th)
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D - NY 12th)
Rep. James T. Walsh (R - NY 25th)
Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (D - NY 9th)
Rep. Sherrod Brown (D - OH 13th)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D - OH 9th)
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D - OH 10th)
Rep. Tim Ryan (D - OH 17th)
Rep. Ted Strickland (D - OH 6th)
Rep. Darlene Hooley (D - OR 5th)
Rep. David Wu (D - OR 1st)
Rep. Robert A. Brady (D - PA 1st)
Rep. Michael F. Doyle (D - PA 14th)
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D - PA 2nd)
Rep. Tim Holden (D - PA 17th)
Rep. John P. Murtha (D - PA 12th)
Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D - PA 13th)
Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D - RI 1st)
Rep. James R. Langevin (D - RI 2nd)
Rep. James E. Clyburn (D - SC 6th)
Rep. John M. Spratt, Jr. (D - SC 5th)
Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D - SD At Large)
Rep. Jim Cooper (D - TN 5th)
Rep. John S. Tanner (D - TN 8th)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D - TX 25th)
Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez (D - TX 20th)
Rep. Al Green (D - TX 9th)
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D - TX 15th)
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D - TX 18th)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D - TX 30th)
Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz (D - TX 27th)
Rep. Ron Paul (R - TX 14th)
Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D - TX 16th)
Rep. Rick Boucher (D - VA 9th)
Rep. James P. Moran (D - VA 8th)
Rep. Robert C. Scott (D - VA 3rd)
Rep. Bernard Sanders (I - VT At Large)
Rep. Brian Baird (D - WA 3rd)
Rep. Jay Inslee (D - WA 1st)
Rep. Rick Larsen (D - WA 2nd)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D - WA 7th)
Rep. Adam Smith (D - WA 9th)
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D - WI 2nd)
Rep. Ron Kind (D - WI 3rd)
Rep. Gwen Moore (D - WI 4th)
Rep. David R. Obey (D - WI 7th)
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D - WV 1st)
Rep. Nick J. II Rahall (D - WV 3rd)


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