June 30, 2006

June 30, 2006: Treason? NY Times -&- Hawala Banks

Get Fitz Mark Levin, June 26, 06

What’s the difference between investigating the source of information that appeared in a Bob Novak column and information that appears in a New York Times article? Novak was forced to appear before a federal grand jury and reveal his source for Valerie Plame's employment. [....]

Yet, for some reason, the First Amendment and civil-liberties arguments appear to be impediments to investigating leaks of classified national-security information to news organizations like the New York Times which, by all accounts, has damaged our war effort.

The latest information leaked to Times reveals with specificity that our government is tracking the enemy's financial transactions. [....]

Reminder to the N.Y. Times: We Are At War NewsMax, June 27, 06

FNC Panel Chastises NYT Bank Story Brent Baker, posted June 23, 06

Columnist Charles Krauthammer contended “there's a reason why we haven't had an attack since 9/11, and unfortunately we've learned about it [the NSA eavesdropping program to find terrorist financing] by these journalistic leaks about all of the secret programs.” He lit into the judgment of the [NY] Times: “The idea of having it published out there, in a sense disarming us by letting the bad guys know how we're tracing their wire transfers, I think, is a disgrace.” Krauthammer added: “I think this is the 21st century equivalent of publishing the Enigma program in the Second World War in which we listened in on secret German communications in submarines.” Morton Kondracke suggested the New York Times assumes “we've got more to fear from our own government than we do from terrorist attacks” and regretted how “there are evidently people in the bureaucracy who share that view who are willing to blabber to the New York Times.”

The hawala banks

Finances of Terror September 24, 2001

Organizing the hijacking of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon took significant sums of money. The cost of these plots suggests that putting Osama bin Laden and other international terrorists out of business will require more than diplomatic coalitions and military action. Washington and its allies must also disable the financial networks used by terrorists.

The Bush administration is preparing new laws to help track terrorists through their money-laundering activity and is readying an executive order freezing the assets of known terrorists. Much more is needed, including stricter regulations, the recruitment of specialized investigators and greater cooperation with foreign banking authorities. There must also must be closer coordination among America's law enforcement, national security and financial regulatory agencies. [....]


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