Monday, June 23, 2008


Why We Really Hate the New York Times

Here is a smorgasbord of the St. Vitus like conniption fits the NYT and most of its regular columnists had when they thought someone in the White House had told Robert Novak that lying Joe Wilson's wife worked as an analyst for the CIA. Many people knew she was CIA; she had retired from the field to raise the twins; she drove to work at Langley every workday morning in a freakin' minivan. Once the word was out, the CIA hierarchy took about 10 seconds to decide that she needed absolutely no protection as she never did anything that would make someone mad enough to want to harm her. She was safe as houses; which is why Richard Armitage, the gossip, (who did not work in the White House and would no more do their bidding than Gore Vidal would) never faced charges for revealing her identity and profession, which was a desk job at a failing bureaucracy in Virginia.

Compare that, any of the 3 million words falsely calling our President a traitor and worse, to the self righteous treacle the NYT is putting out for revealing the name of the person who interrogated, successfully, some of the bad Jihadis out there.

The Central Intelligence Agency asked The New York Times not to publish the name of Deuce Martinez, an interrogator who questioned Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other high-level Al Qaeda prisoners, saying that to identify Mr. Martinez would invade his privacy and put him at risk of retaliation from terrorists or harassment from critics of the agency.

After discussion with agency officials and a lawyer for Mr. Martinez, the newspaper declined the request, noting that Mr. Martinez had never worked under cover and that others involved in the campaign against Al Qaeda have been named in news stories and books. The editors judged that the name was necessary for the credibility and completeness of the article.

The Times’s policy is to withhold the name of a news subject only very rarely, most often in the case of victims of sexual assault or intelligence officers operating under cover.

Mr. Martinez, a career analyst at the agency until his retirement a few years ago, did not directly participate in waterboarding or other harsh interrogation methods that critics describe as torture and, in fact, turned down an offer to be trained in such tactics.

The newspaper seriously considered the requests from Mr. Martinez and the agency. But in view of the experience of other government employees who have been named publicly in books and published articles or who have themselves chosen to go public, the newspaper made the decision to print the name.

It is enough to make you spew.

The only bright side is that we actually don't have to do a thing to ensure the demise of so vile an organization. They are doing fine wrecking the old (and somewhat senile) Grey Lady on their own. That Karma can be a black hearted one, man.



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