— Something missing from AP story
The news reports concerning the Justice Department’s investigation of an Associated Press publication about a CIA-placed mole in a terrorist group in Yemen seems to leave out important information.
The AP is outraged that the Justice Department (FBI) used legal means to determine whom in government had leaked the story. Considering the story detailed the super secret act of placing a mole into Yemen’s most dangerous terrorist group, which apparently stopped a plot to destroy an American passenger aircraft in flight, how can anyone call this investigation illegal or an abuse of Constitutional liberty, as the AP has claimed?
The Constitution in no way protects people or organizations that expose national security secrets. Such crimes are one of the federal crimes that can be punished by prison. In its investigation, the FBI did not seek to punish the AP for publishing the story. The FBI tried to identify the person or persons who revealed the top-secret information to the AP.
The members of Congress, who are claiming a breach of the Constitutional liberties of the press, would have a very different opinion if it were the Bush FBI that it was investigating. Especially, since they did not get excited when Vice President Cheney exposed the identity of a CIA agent, as a means of punishing her husband for perceived disloyalty to the Bush administration. Nor do I remember their protest when Cheney got his assistant to take the blame and be sentenced to prison for an act the vice president was responsible for.
This AP/FBI story is important because it reveals the depth of political partisanship within and without our government. When it becomes a manner of bitter political debate when the FBI investigates traitorous acts we must stand up and say stop!
Dennis Tilly, Weatherford