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Friday, February 10, 2006

 

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Troubled “Times”
- By Chuck Busch


The New York Times seems to have fallen upon troubled times in this era of global conflict suffering from an internal disorder of its own making. This is not just a reference to the fact that its readership is declining, although that may be a consequence directly attributable to their editorial confusion. The most recent manifestation of their malady was their announcement to the world of the government’s secret “terrorist surveillance” program which has released a firestorm of disinformation, exaggeration, lies, controversy, division and the most amazing hypocritical statements about the legality of such a practice much to the ecstatic enjoyment of our enemies and to their advantage in countering our security measures.

On December 15, The New York Times released a report entitled, “Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in the U.S.” deliberately misrepresenting the true nature of the program and its legality. It did not entail comprehensive “domestic spying” as the story suggests and it was not secret to several members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. And now thanks to the Times, it is no longer secret to Al Qaida operatives in this country and at large. In an investigation of the NSA program, Director of Central Intelligence Porter Goss told the same Senate committee, “The damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our mission.” According to Goss, intelligence officers from other countries are wondering, “Can’t you Americans keep a secret?” ...........
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