Fasten your seat belts. George Bush is starting another war.
As part of the war on terror, he's declared a war on reporters. According to the Washington Post, the Bush White House has dusted off an old 1917 law to haul into court any journalist who publishes a story based on classified information received through a leak.
They're doing so, says the Post, because they're upset at media reports on the network of secret CIA prisons and on Bush's warrantless phone taps. Bush says printing stories about the NSA's spy program was "a shameless act."
The White House declaring war on journalists? How Nixonian! How ironic! How hypocritical! How dangerous!
Isn't it ironic? Bush resurrects a 1917 law to go after journalists. Yet he said he couldn't obey a 1978 law requiring a court order before tapping our phones because it was "an old law."
Isn't it hypocritical? Somebody in the White House leaked the identity of an undercover CIA agent, yet Bush did nothing about it. Dick Cheney told Scooter Libby to leak classified information in order to help build the case for war in Iraq, and Bush did nothing about it. Yet now he wants to punish reporters who report on the leaks.
And isn't it dangerous - when the White House tries to silence the free press, our watchdog. They're just pissed because they got caught breaking the law.
Bush has it backwards. Media reports about secret prisons are not "shameless acts." The secret prisons themselves are shameless acts.
Stories about NSA spying are not shameless act. Spying on Americans is a shamless act.
If anybody deserves to be thrown in prison, it's not journalists who expose government wrong-doing - it's Bush and Cheney, the wrong-doers themselves.