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The NYT's Dangerous Game

Adam's Apple

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Secrets Anyone?
By Paul Greenberg, The Washington Times
June 28, 2006

Let's hear it for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and all such stalwarts of this country's free and irresponsible press. For they've just exposed still another program designed to protect the national security.

This time it was the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, which was designed to give American intelligence access to records kept by SWIFT, the banking cooperative that monitors nearly all international money transfers. This operation sounds like a clear and ever-present danger to privacy, all right, specifically the privacy of terrorists. Just look at its shocking record:

• Tracking these bank transfers led to the capture of Riduan Isamuddin, aka Hambali, widely thought to have played the key role in al Qaeda's murderous 2002 bombing of a resort in Bali frequented by Australian infidels.

• These international banking records led American authorities to investigate Islamic "charities" suspected of funneling money to terrorist cells, and in one case to the arrest and conviction of one Uzair Paracha of Brooklyn, N.Y., for helping an al Qaeda operative by agreeing to launder $200,000 through a bank in Pakistan.

• Tracing these bank transfers, those familiar with the program say, also turned up useful information about the July 7 bombings in London and helped authorities thwart other attacks.

for full article:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20060627-090828-6672r.htm
 

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I'm not blaiming anyone but the NYT on this one. The other papers agreed to hold the story and did so until they had recieved news that the NYT had already released it.
 

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