It almost makes me wonder if the liberals in the media have any desire to see the U.S. emerge victorious from the threat of Islamic nutjobs who delight in cutting off infidels’ heads. Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, you are an infidel to these people unless you believe exactly as they do. And converting to Islam is no guarantee of safety. Just look at the hundreds of Iraqi Muslims who have been murdered by other Muslims. Imagine a bunch of Lutherans blowing up Catholics over minor differences of dogma.

But I’m wandering from the point of this post. From the New York Times article:

Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking transactions involving thousands of Americans and others in the United States, according to government and industry officials.

As Michelle Malkin points out, “‘Secret?’ Not anymore.” The NYT claims that revealing this government tool for catching terrorists is in the “public interests.” Obviously they’d rather handicap the authorities by exposing their tools than serve the “public interests” of not having Islamic nutjobs kill Americans here in America.

Since this is far from the first time that the media has published secret tools the government has used to combat terrorists, Daniel Solove of Concurring Opinions gives the media this template for further reports.

Under a top secret program initiated by the Bush Administration after the Sept. 11 attacks, the [name of agency (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.)] have been gathering a vast database of [type of records] involving United States citizens.

“This program is a vital tool in the fight against terrorism,” [Bush Administration official] said. “Without it, we would be dangerously unsafe, and the terrorists would have probably killed you and every other American citizen.” The Bush Administration stated that the revelation of this program has severely compromised national security.

“This program is a threat to privacy and civil liberties,” [name of privacy advocate] said. But [name of spokesperson for Bush Administration] said: “This is a very limited program. It only contains detailed records about every American citizen. That’s all. It does not compromise civil liberties. We have a series of procedures in place to protect liberty.”

“We’re not trolling through the personal data of Americans,” Bush said, “we’re just looking at all of their records.”

The [name of statute] regulates [type of record] and typically requires a [type of court order]. Although the [name of agency] did not obtain a [type of court order], the Bush Administration contends that the progam is “totally legal.” According to the Attorney General, “we can [do whatever we did or want to do]. The program is part of the President’s emergency war powers.”

Nice little job of tongue-in-cheek writing, but Solove missed an extra paragraph.

[Bush Administration official] acknowledged that since the publication of the story by [self-aggrandizing media outlet], the terrorists have changed their tactics and are harder to capture before plots like [successful terrorist plot] occur.

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