Wednesday, June 28, 2006

DEPENDS ON THE LIPS

"Loose lips kill American people," Dennis Hastert said on Wednesday. The Speaker said the House of Representatives will thrash about a resolution that condemns the media for publishing information about secret spy programs.

Reuters reports:
The move heaps more criticism on The New York Times and other newspapers that reported last week on a secret program by the U.S. Treasury Department that tracks private bank records.

"What we're talking about is people who are leaking classified information. It's not news. It's classified information our government is using to fight terrorists," Hastert said. "Loose lips kill American people."
Hastert might want to consider a concurrent resolution condemning Sen. Orrin Hatch. The Utah Republican prodigiously leaked classified information on Sept. 11, 2001. The wayback machine takes us to the Chicago Tribune's Sept. 14, 2001, edition:
Hatch, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters hours after terrorists crashed hijacked jetliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that U.S. intelligence had intercepted a telephone call from a suspect reporting to his handler that the targets in New York City and near Washington had been hit.

"They have an intercept of some information that includes people associated with [Osama] bin Laden who acknowledged a couple of targets were hit," Hatch told The Associated Press. He made similar comments to ABC News and said the information had come from officials at the CIA and FBI ...

Hatch's disclosure, with the possibility it would tip off terrorists that their communications had been compromised, left senior officials of the administration dumbfounded and angry.

"Well, that helps a lot!" exclaimed one official, who added an expletive for emphasis, after learning of Hatch's comments.
Given the GOP's obsession with blaming the media, we won't be surprised if Hastert decides the Chicago Tribune should be punished for Hatch's leak.

2 comments:

John Stone said...

Wonder if they will also go after the Wall Street Journal, who reported the same story at the same time???

Naw ... I din't think so, really ...

The Newtster said...

Once again, anything that's bad for America, the left loves. And that's why you're supporting the NYT.

I must say, on a related matter.....GO ISRAEL!! These guys do what we used to do before you lefties screwed things up. Now it's diplomacy, the UN and how we'll be percieved in the "global community" before we kick ass. I admire Israel's moxy.

And speaking of war. I guess you libs heard UBL threw down the gauntlet. Stay out of Somalia. I guess it won't be long before we go back in there and finish up what Clinton wouldn't let us finish to begin with.

Chase these towel-headed camel jockeys down and kill them like the scum of the earth that they are.

Right is Right and Left is Wrong.