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We Go Again...
The New York Times endangers our troops...
The Gray Lady is at it again -- publicly releasing privileged government information,
illegally leaked, in an all-out effort to discredit the administration
and person of President George W. Bush.
New York Times, on 16 December, published a story detailing
how the National Security Agency targeted certain communications
between known international terrorists and their U.S. counterparts
or supporters, The Patriot took them to task:
Times and all their follow-up media claim their articles
are 'in the national interest' -- to determine if President
Bush has broken any laws authorizing the NSA surveillance.
However, The Times had already determined, a year
earlier when information about the NSA's surveillance program
was first leaked, that President Bush had not violated any
laws related to procedures outlined in the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act of 1978. The President's actions were fully
within his prescribed constitutional authority."
[Courtesty of The Federalist Patriot]
Morrison Alexander is Executive Editor and Publisher
Federalist Patriot, the Web's "Conservative
E-Journal of Record" and now the most widely
subscribed Internet-based publication. [go to Alexander index]
the Bush administration has launched a successful all-fronts
campaign to defend the surveillance program, but The Times still
hasn't learned its lesson. In last Tuesday's Times,
the paper detailed a leaked working paper from the office of
the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The
draft report was highly critical of the U.S.-led reconstruction
of Iraq, deeming the effort a failure in large part. Though
incomplete, illegally leaked and intended as an internal document
for discussion, The Times chose to run the story.
Once again, The
New York Times, not the Bush administration, has broken
the law protecting our nation's security, violating U.S.
Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 37, Section 798, pertaining
to the illegal release of national-security information.
revelation of the NSA surveillance program was, to be sure,
an obvious attempt to stymie renewal of the USA Patriot Act
in the Senate and to heighten interest in Times reporter
James Risen's soon-to-be-released book, ostensibly detailing
all kinds of Patriot Act abuses. We do not suggest, however,
that this week's Times exposé on the "badly
hobbled" reconstruction efforts in Iraq was timed with
similar malice aforethought.
one is much worse. The Times' most recent leak is
a matter of unrepentant partisanship. Blinded by Bush hatred,
consumed by an overarching desire to discredit the President
with a Woodward-esque coup de grâce, The Times has
once again endangered our troops and allies in the field, not
to mention the Iraqi people.
you see, read the Western press.
in 1998, as al-Qa'ida was preparing its 9/11 attack, the NSA
was tracking electronic communications from senior al-Qa'ida
operatives, including Osama bin Laden. When that information
was leaked to, and by, the press, OBL disposed of his old satellite
phone system and set up a whole different set of communication
protocols, thus eluding any detection of his 9/11 plans.
More recently, The
Times released highly classified information about the
NSA's terrorist surveillance program. Then there was The
Washington Post's unveiling of a massive covert CIA program
to capture suspected terrorists and interrogate them at secret
detention centers around the world. Not to be outdone, U.S.
News and World Report took a stab at divulging the detection
methods the NSA, CIA and DoD utilize to sniff out fissile
material en route to U.S. urban centers. Thanks a bunch.
Times, by releasing incomplete information from the
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, has once
again emboldened our enemies. In the minds of Jihadis, dissident
Sunnis and Ba'athist holdouts, any such news of the failure
of Iraq reconstruction efforts translates into success for
the insurgency. The timing is especially tragic, too, given
Iraq's recent parliamentary elections. Indeed, Iraq's Sunnis
are thirsty for signs of a successful reconstruction, lest
they again defect from the democratic process and cower at
the prospect of a Ba'athist return. With this latest media-supplied
feather in their turbans, the insurgents will no doubt redouble
their attacks against our reconstruction efforts. After all,
the more encouragement we give them, the harder they'll try.
And if that's
not a breach of U.S. national security, what is?
As a courtesy
to The Times, however, we thought we'd briefly detail
what's been accomplished in Iraq despite their best efforts.
which averaged 1.58 million barrels per day in 2003, surged
to 2.25 million bpd in 2004. In 2005, that average was down
to 2.1 million bpd due to insurgent attacks on the oil infrastructure
and poor maintenance of the pipelines under the Ba'athists
-- but it is now set to rise again.
are faring better as well -- the Najaf Teaching Hospital, looted
and used as a defensive position by the insurgency last year,
has reopened, thanks to Coalition efforts, and now serves hundreds
of patients every day. Three new electrical substations are
currently under construction in Najaf, and new water treatment
and sewage systems are also underway -- all in the city described
as "the center of the insurgency" only a few short
key bridges and roads across the Tigris River have been restored;
schools, hospitals, police stations and firehouses rebuilt;
and the city's water and sewage systems considerably revamped.
In addition, the refurbishment of the Mosul Airport is in progress.
All in all,
in a mere two-and-a-half years, the U.S. and its allies have
helped Iraqis to renovate nearly 3,000 schools, train more
than 30,000 teachers, and distribute eight million textbooks.
Rebuilt irrigation infrastructure now helps more than 400,000
rural Iraqis, and another three million benefit from improved
reconstruction efforts throughout the country have sustained
Iraq's economic recovery and normalization. Iraq's nominal
GDP almost doubled from $13.6 billion in 2003 to $25.5 billion
in 2004. Real growth for 2005 is estimated at 3.7 percent,
and another surge of 17 percent is predicted for 2006. At the
same time, per capita GDP, having dropped to $518 in 2003,
exceeded $1,000 in 2005.
evidence of Iraq's economic recovery? A whopping 30,000 new
businesses have registered since April 2003, and the country's
nascent stock market averaged a daily trading volume of $100
million for 2005, up from an average $86 million in 2004. Sixty-nine
percent of businesses, says Zogby International, are "optimistic" about
the country's economic future. Despite continued violence and
shortfalls in electricity, seven out of ten Iraqis say their
lives are going well.
of Iraq certainly hasn't been perfect, and no report meant
to inform our nation's policymakers should say so. Still, this
is pretty good news. At The New York Times, however,
good news -- unless it's good news for our enemies -- just
isn't fit to print. -one-
2006 Federalist Patriot