"Numerous Bush supporters have called for criminal prosecution of journalists who publish stories containing classified information. And in the case of the NSA eavesdropping story, Bush's Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, himself recently suggested that journalists could be prosecuted for writing about that program. The Espionage Act has never previously been used to imprison journalists for stories they publish about the government. But it has long been clear that the Bush administration is actively entertaining the idea of putting journalists in jail, and today's ruling provides them with a potent weapon."
"I know it's absurd to think that the Bush administration cynically uses the threat of terrorism for political gain and that by being suspicious of such a thing I'm unserious about national security. But this is getting ridiculous ..."It is a mistake to believe there is no threat to the United States of America," (Bush) said. "We've taken a lot of measures to protect the American people. But obviously we still aren't completely safe."
His remarks came a day after the White House orchestrated an exceptionally aggressive campaign to tar opposition Democrats as weak on terrorism, knowing what Democrats didn't: News of the plot could soon break.
Snow said Bush first learned in detail about the plot on Friday, and received two detailed briefings on it on Saturday and Sunday, as well as had two conversations about it with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
But a senior White House official said that the British government had not launched its raid until well after Cheney held a highly unusual conference call with reporters to attack the Democrats as weak against terrorism."