[Ibogaine] NY Times accused of treason

Warren Lee Theriot wleetheriot at comcast.net
Mon Jun 26 12:11:17 EDT 2006

Teapots, Black Kettles and Ostriches come to mind this morning while  
reading the news and mail.

On Jun 26, 2006, at 8:13 AM, Vector Vector wrote:

> Despite the Times bashing over funny book reviews ;) they seem to have
> done something right :) :) :)
> .:vector:.
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/26/nyt_on_the_job/
> NY Times accused of treason
> By Thomas C Greene in Washington
> Published Monday 26th June 2006 14:54 GMT
> US Representative Peter King (Republican, New York), chairman of the
> House Homeland Security Committee, has called the New York Times
> "treasonous" for informing the public about another secret Bush
> Administration counter-terrorist program, the Associated Press  
> reports.
> "We're at war, and for the Times to release information about secret
> operations and methods is treasonous," King reportedly told the wire
> service.
> King has also called for the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to
> investigate the Times and prosecute the reporters, editors and
> publisher on any and all charges they can dream up.
> The program in question uses vast amounts of data supplied by the
> Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift), a
> Belgium-based hub for international bank transactions. It receives
> transaction messages from approximately 200 countries, and the USA has
> been sifting the data in search of patterns indicating terrorist
> financing.
> The US has used broad subpoenas to obtain the data, as Swift is not  
> set
> up to provide targeted information. US Treasury secretary John Snow
> said Swift officials volunteered to give the US access to the entire
> database. US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales hastened to add that  
> the
> program is perfectly legal.
> And in terms of US law, Gonzales, who has been an apologist for  
> torture
> and mass wiretapping, might be telling the truth for a change. The
> International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 authorises the
> President to initiate financial investigations of this nature,  
> although
> perhaps not with the sort of broad, electronic dragnet approach in use
> at the moment. Still, there doesn't seem to be much risk for the White
> House under US law.
> As for the laws of other countries whose citizens have been affected,
> that is another matter entirely. According to Reuters, the Belgian
> government has already launched an investigation into the data
> transfer, which may be illegal under local law. It's possible that
> other countries will follow suit. The European Commission is  
> reportedly
> backing away from any regulatory responsibility, citing a lack of
> appropriate legislation, and pushing the issue back into the hands of
> member states. The wind-up could be that Swift will find itself
> regulated to death, although a whitewash seems the more likely  
> outcome.
> In the context of secret, CIA-run prisons in Poland and Romania, and
> numerous CIA rendition flights through European airports, neither of
> which has been investigated adequately, this massive exposure of
> banking data does not appear destined to become much of a cause.
> Fortunately for the Bush Administration, Europe appears quite content
> to know as little as possible about US interference in its various
> institutions.
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