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If this would have happened during Bill Clinton's presidency, the gallows would be under construction right now in Washington DC....
A small private intelligence company that monitors Islamic terrorist groups obtained a new Osama bin Laden video ahead of its official release last month, and around 10 a.m. on Sept. 7, it notified the Bush administration of its secret acquisition. It gave two senior officials access on the condition that the officials not reveal they had it until the al-Qaeda release.
Within 20 minutes, a range of intelligence agencies had begun downloading it from the company's Web site. By midafternoon that day, the video and a transcript of its audio track had been leaked from within the Bush administration to cable television news and broadcast worldwide.
The founder of the company, the SITE Intelligence Group, says this premature disclosure tipped al-Qaeda to a security breach and destroyed a years-long surveillance operation that the company has used to intercept and pass along secret messages, videos and advance warnings of suicide bombings from the terrorist group's communications network. Link
When the NY Times, after holding under wraps for a YEAR damaging information about the Decider's spying activities on Americans, finally printed the story....screeching neo-con harpies wanted to arrest and try NY Times officials for treason. They still do.
When Bush's criminal gang breaks up our own "years long surveillance operation" all for the sake of political teevee air time...all I hear is crickets from the harpie front.
The Times, in 2004, held up an extremely important story about the Bush administration's lawlessness, apparently to help the lawless Bush get re-elected. After Bush was re-elected,(the very reason the Times held the story), the "paper of record" finally told Americans about Bush's warrantless wiretapping and FISA violations. For this the Times was pilloried endlessly and it continues on today.
Where are those same critics now? Where are the loudmouthed, ignorantly biased, wingnut screechers calling for Bush to step down, or worse yet, to be impeached for his high crime of exposing a classified and secret surveillance operation of America's enemy?
The White House co-conspirators leaked this Osama video to help drum-up a ruckus about how scared we should all be....again...over al-Qaeda threats. The real reason for it's being leaked by the White House was to co-erce, through fear, the Democratic Congress, to give the president fresh new legalized spying-on-Americans power through the "Protect America Act" (Jesus). Although totally inexcusable...it worked.
The Times was informing Americans, truthfully though late, that Bush was violating FISA laws, not to mention the Constitution and his oath of office. That's what a newspaper is supposed to do. They did nothing wrong except waiting too long to print.
The White House was trying to scare the Congress, pre-emptively, into granting the lawless president amnesty for his crimes. That's the reason for this... "the video and a transcript of its audio track had been leaked from within the Bush administration to cable television news and broadcast worldwide".
Most, if not all, treasonous activity during the past 7 years, has been ordered done out of the White House.
It must be that people like me (2/3rds of America), have simply been overcome with "Bush-hate" though...huh?