Monday, December 19, 2005

Off the Deep End at Newsweek

Newsweek, famous for its false Koran Flushing Story, had the gall to publish one of the most idiotic hit pieces I have ever seen regarding the NSA foreign phone snooping issue. I know its Jonathan Alter, but my God, does anyone read for stupidity ahead of publishing? Oh wait, it’s the ‘Web Exclusive’, and he is a Senior editor.

Bush’s Snoopgate

Finally we have a Washington scandal that goes beyond sex, corruption and political intrigue to big issues like security versus liberty and the reasonable bounds of presidential power.

Why is it a scandal? Because we declare it one! I admit that all of those other 'scandals' were nothing of the sort, but this is a juicy one. We were shocked to find out that the NSA was listening to people! Err, I mean we were shocked to find out that the NSA was listening to terrorists when they were making overseas calls! The Horror.

We’re seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator

Just as in the Koran Flushing, we feel a great need to protect the liberties of terrorists, both foreign and domestic, from such insult and intrusion.

And rather than the leaking being a “shameful act,” it was the work of a patriot inside the government who was trying to stop a presidential power grab.

Leaking Valerie Plame’s overt identity destroyed national security efforts, and must be prosecuted. Leaking a real intelligence collection effort is patriotic. That makes perfect sense.

Bush was desperate to keep the Times from running this important story—which the paper had already inexplicably held for a year—because he knew that it would reveal him as a law-breaker.

We can jump to that conclusion, as stupid as it is, because we know everything. Bush has no real desire to protect Americans and is instead solely attempted to enslave us all by listening to foreign terrorists.

If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced.

One can dream. But now we know what all of this is really about.

Similar abuse of power was part of the impeachment charge brought against Richard Nixon in 1974.

Ahh, the lazy days of Watergate are back. Yippie Hippie! There is a clear connection between listening to foreign terrorists that would kill us all and bugging a political parties offices. Isn’t it clear?! Bring on Joan Baez.

This time, the president knew publication would cause him great embarrassment and trouble for the rest of his presidency. It was for that reason—and less out of genuine concern about national security—that George W. Bush tried so hard to kill the New York Times story.

It is beyond me how Newsweek can sponsor such moronic drivel. Then again, I never thought faked stories of flushed Korans would be such a hit. So be it. I hope the Democrats echo this reaction to the leak, because it’s going to get them creamed in the midterms. Anyone who reads this article can see that the writer has a seething hatred of Bush, completely unrelated to the issue at hand.