June 27, 2006

Bush calls NY Time's disclosure of secrets "disgraceful"

In a shocking use of the freedom of speech last Thursday, the New York Times (followed by others) published a government anti-terrorism program that uses financial tracking. The Times published how the program was tracking bank transactions to follow terrorists. The Times was awarded journalism's highest award for the report, the Pulitzer Prize. Administration officials argued that reporting on the financial tracking operation would endanger national security. The article is here: Bank Data Is Sifted by U.S. in Secret to Block Terror, by New York Times reporters Eric Lichtblau and James Risen. Today President Bush called the disclosure a "disgrace".

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