Saturday, August 12, 2006

Santorum: Whsitleblowers, Media are Traitors

* ap:
"The disruption of an alleged terrorist plot to blow up airliners shows the importance of intelligence-gathering and the need to pursue the "traitors" who recently leaked information about classified government programs, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Friday.

"We are not going to defeat Islamic fascism by garrisoning America or our allies, but by having effective intelligence," Santorum, the No. 3 Senate Republican, said during a teleconference.

"I think it is vitally important for us to understand that the compromises that have been made of American intelligence over the last few months were serious and that the traitors within the intelligence community who leaked that information, for whatever purposes, must be pursued aggressively," Santorum said.

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The programs that were the subject of leaks "were important for us to be able to confront an enemy in time of war," Santorum said. "When people leak that kind of information, to me, that is traitorous activity."

News organizations, he said, should take a "much more responsible approach" in dealing with such leaks.

"If leaking this information is traitorous, then publishing it is also complicit with that activity," Santorum said."

update: oldschool in the comments:
"So I guess then that if leaking this information is actually a moral imperative - a patriotic act - then publishing it is also....?"

5 comments:

oldschool said...

If leaking this information is traitorous, then publishing it is also complicit with that activity,..."


So I guess then that if leaking this information is actually a moral imperative - a patriotic act - then publishing it is also....?

I would so like to think that no one is buying this crap any more. That the bogey-man-under-the-bed party has been found out. That Joe Six-Pack has begun to call bull-shit.

I can't wait until November. I think.

lukery said...

sweet jujitsu, oldschool.

post updated.

keep poppin those fever pills.

november seems a long way away...

noise said...

How about if you are a member of Congress and you refuse to do oversight because you are too corrupt to do so, you get 100 times the jail sentence any whistleblower or journalist gets for leaking evidence of criminal activities.

War profiteering. Torture. UAE port deals. No bid contracts. Privatization plans. Katrina response. Rendition. Tax cuts during wartime.

Did Santorum forget about this crap?

F Congress. Those (Republican) assholes can't be bothered to do oversight but they sure can threaten people who put their asses on the line to keep the public informed of what their government is really doing.

*rant over*

lukery said...

damn! i hate it when rants are over!

nice rant - will fp.

btw - do you want to join our map project?
http://wotisitgood4.blogspot.com/2006/08/our-locations-on-map.html

people have been askin about you.

rimone said...

sanatorium: The disruption of an alleged terrorist plot to blow up airliners shows the importance of intelligence-gathering

no, you fucking dipshit--it shows the importance of UK police work.