Friday, July 07, 2006

 

Is Treason Our Biggest Threat?

American values and priorities and those of our enemies

Ann Coulter asks an important question:
When is The New York Times going to get around to uncovering an al-Qaida secret program?
Mark Stein comments:
I think that's actually an interesting question. You know, when you go into a New York Times planning meeting, how much of their editorial resources are being devoted to getting inside the enemy? The British press is pretty anti-American, they're pretty anti-Israeli, they're anti-all kinds of things. But they still have journalistic instincts. Every week, I read a fascinating story in the London Times or some other paper, in which some guy has gone undercover as a Muslim among the radical Muslims in Yorkshire towns in England, where the July 7th bombers came from. And he's got all this fascinating material. A guy went undercover at some mosque at Brighton, in England, and came out with all kinds of material. How come nobody at the New York Times seems to be interesting in devoting any editorial energy to exposing what the enemy's up to? That's an important question.
Citing historical examples, Coulter's column makes the point that we aren't taking treason seriously anymore. It is, as usual, provocative. For instance, she wonders:
What if, instead of passing information from the government's secret nuclear program at Los Alamos directly to Soviet agents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg had printed those same secrets in a newsletter? Would they have skated away scot-free instead of being tried for espionage and sent to the death chamber?
Another good question.

She concludes that not taking treason seriously is really the biggest threat we face. I'm beginning to think she's right.



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