Monday, May 22, 2006

Gonzales to Press: We’ll Nail You

From the Washington Post:

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales raised the possibility yesterday that New York Times journalists could be prosecuted for publishing classified information based on the outcome of the criminal investigation underway into leaks to the Times of data about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of terrorist-related calls between the United States and abroad.

“We are engaged now in an investigation about what would be the appropriate course of action in that particular case, so I’m not going to talk about it specifically,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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…Gonzales said, “I understand very much the role that the press plays in our society, the protection under the First Amendment we want to promote and respect . . . but it can’t be the case that that right trumps over the right that Americans would like to see, the ability of the federal government to go after criminal activity.”

Apparently the mindset of this administration is such that they believe reporters are willing to commit an act of treason in order to embarrass the president or show that they are breaking the law.

This is a natural result of the bunker mentality: if you’re not with us, you’re against us, and therefore anyone who questions the president or his actions is a traitor.

That’s just plain scary.