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Many thanks to David Yerushalmi for writing this and to The American Spectator for publishing it. I was of course aware of the debate over the legality of the NSA program and of the clearly illegal (in my view) actions of the persons who leaked the fact of its existence. But this is the first I’ve seen of the Espionage Act being brought into the mix, at least with respect to the publishing angle. The language of the two sections of the Act quoted by the author seem straightforward, unambiguous, crystal clear, against which the actions of Messrs. Sulzberger and Keller seem quite damning. Lots of people, including me, think that what the NYT did was traitorous; the language of the Act seems to confirm it. Moreover, unlike the Pentagon Papers, which if I remember correctly dealt with the history of how we got involved in the Vietnam War, as opposed to the strategy and tactics we were then employing to try to win it, the situation here seems to be a clear-cut case of revealing a current tactic of battle in a time of war, not fundamentally different than if during World War II somebody on the Allied side had revealed to the Germans that we had captured and cracked the secret to their Enigma machine, or had revealed to the Japanese that we had cracked their military code.p>I hope the administration will bring charges against the Times . I would like to see this tested in court. More important, I believe this needs to be resolved — now, before any further buildup of our enemies’ arsenal of nightmarish weapons. br> — Charles R. Vail br> Glenolden, Pennsylvania /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?