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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Oops! NYT shamelessly compromises national security, feels bad later

The New York Times was the paper that revealed to the world the productive financial surveillance program used to hunt down terrorists. Of course, when you tell the terrorists where you're snooping, it's not long before that avenue of information quickly dries up. Now, only after they needlessly compromised national security, they confess to feeling bad about the program who's outing they previously defended:
Those two factors are really what bring me to this corrective commentary: the apparent legality of the program in the United States, and the absence of any evidence that anyone's private data had actually been misused. I had mentioned both as being part of "the most substantial argument against running the story," but that reference was relegated to the bottom of my column. . . .

I haven't found any evidence in the intervening months that the surveillance program was illegal under United States laws. Although data-protection authorities in Europe have complained that the formerly secret program violated their rules on privacy, there have been no Times reports of legal action being taken.
Of course, every revelation they've come to here was perfectly apparent before they exposed the program, too.


Blogger Justin Olbrantz (Quantam) said...

That's the problem with the media in general. People who think those in the media are objective altruists are clueless. The media is a business like any other - they do what makes the bucks, and that's to publish the shocking stuff, and do it before their competitors do. This naturally lends itself to sensationalism and fear-mongering, not to mention the lack of simple thoughts like "is it really a good idea to publish this?"

Information disclosure is a trade-off like everything else, particularly in cases of information like this. You have to weigh the need of people to know the information over the harm that giving out the information can do, and such evaluations are not the media's strong suit. With the media it's always OMGSTORYMUSTPUBLISHBEFORESOMEBODYELSEDOES!

Sat Oct 28, 11:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Justin Olbrantz (Quantam) said...

Didn't think of this in time to put it in the first post, but the same kind of thing as is happening in the Iraq war happened with Vietnam. Johnson swore forever that the huge outcry against the war, facilitated by the media, was a massive right-wing conspiracy to bring him down. In both cases the media is simply doing what gets the ratings.

Sat Oct 28, 11:22:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous dw said...

"The media is a business like any other"
I know what you mean but then again my car mechanic or grocer can't use his position and career to promote his political agenda. If I didn't know better I would think that political motivation was behind the choice of many a career in journalism.

Btw the outcry against Viet Nam was championed by fifth coluumn communists and socilists, blacks, hippies, nihilists and all our enemies and friends of our enemies within and without as well as self serving political agendas. I was there and helped in my own pathetic way.

Mon Oct 30, 01:33:00 PM EST  

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