The New York Times might be a left-wing propaganda machine hell-bent on sowing villainy and communism amongst the American populace, but treasonous? Well, that’s what the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says, and he wants to see The Old Gray Lady hang for its crimes against The State.
“We’re at war, and for the Times to release information about secret operations and methods is treasonous,” Rep. King, R-N.Y, told The Associated Press.
In choosing to publish the materials, executive editor Bill Keller said The Times, “remain convinced that the administration’s extraordinary access to this vast repository of international financial data, however carefully targeted use of it may be, is a matter of public interest.”
Especially within the context of the disclosure of phone records to the government, the allegations of secret AT&T wiretapping rooms, this comes down to protecting the ability free press to be just that, a free press. The vituperative response by whom this article may defame seems to bolster its right to be published. A doth protest too much is in order.
If free speech is treason, then the terrorists truly have won. If they win, the war is over. If there is no more war, then there is no crime of revealing state secrets in wartime. Therefore, there is no treason.
Specious, yes. Only as much so as the counterargument, but with the intent of proving a point, rather than silencing a voice.