Feb 27 2006
In a blindly stupid move the NY Times is attempting to sue the US government to disclose classified, national security information regarding NSA monitoring of our enemies.
The New York Times sued the US Defense Department demanding that it hand over documents about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program.
The Times wants a list of documents including all internal memos and e-mails about the program of monitoring phone calls without court approval. It also seeks the names of the people or groups identified by it.
Emphasis mine. Seems the NY Times wants to expose ALL our secrets to Al Qaeda and our enemies, including who we have targetted so they can run for cover.
One cannot wonder about the timing of this act with the ongoing investigation into the NSA leak and indicators the NY Times’ source is one or two high profile Democrat Senators. This act is a monumental waste of money. Even if they do find a rubberstamp liberal judge at a low level to give this case some life it will not survive. It is an idiotic move – unless it is some kind of lame diversion attempt.
David McCraw, a lawyer for the Times, acknowledged that the list of documents sought was lengthy but that the Pentagon failed to assert there were “unusual circumstances,” a provision of the law that would grant the Pentagon extra time to respond.
The Defense Department, which was sued as the parent agency of the NSA, did not immediately respond to the suit.
McCraw said there was “no connection” between the Justice Department probe and the Times’ lawsuit.
“This is an important story that our reporters are continuing to pursue and of the ways to do that is through the Freedom of Information Act,” McCraw said.