At Hot Air, Allahpundit pieces together the “ever crazier details” of the terrorist plot that was foiled yesterday. Elements of the law enforcement efforts that revealed the plot may have included the NSA terrorist eavesdropping program and the Treasury Department’s SWIFT terrorist finance tracking program. Both highly classified programs were of course blown courtesy of the New York Times; the only war the Times believes in is the war on the Bush administration.
In her roundup on the arrests yesterday, Michelle Malkin notes the decision yesterday in United States v. Rosen rejecting the defendants’s challenge to the government’s prosecution of two former AIPAC employees for disseminating classified information regarding Iran received from a former Defense Department official. The prosecution is based on secton 793 of the Espionage Act.
At the Volokh Conspiracy, Professor Jonathan Adler comments on the decision. Suffice it to say that the decision would support a prosecution of the Times under section 793 for blowing the SWIFT program, and under sections 793 and 798 for blowing the NSA eavesdropping program. The Times has no more right to violate the espionage laws than any other citizen of the United States. Shocking, but true.