Friday, July 07, 2006

What the Hell is Wrong with the NY Press?

Now we know why NY Rep Peter King hit the roof over the NYT breaking the SWIFT story and called for hearings. The NYT blew the cover on the SWIFT program while a huge investigation into the planned terrorist attack on the Holland Tunnel was in process but it looks like the NY Daily News used poor judgment this time around and broke a story that should not have been broken, via NY Daily News:

The FBI has uncovered what officials consider a serious plot by jihadists to bomb the Holland Tunnel in hopes of causing a torrent of water to deluge lower Manhattan, the Daily News has learned. The terrorists sought to drown the Financial District as New Orleans was by Hurricane Katrina, sources said. They also wanted to attack subways and other tunnels......................

How serious was the threat, per CNN:

A Syrian national recruited Hammoud into the realm of terrorism in 2003, and Hammoud received weapons training at the Ain Helweh Refugee Camp, which was then located in Syria-controlled Lebanon, Baradei said.

Hammoud was arrested April 27 in his Beirut apartment in a sting coordinated with the FBI before a planned trip to Pakistan, where he was to undergo more training, according to a statement from the Lebanese Interior Security Service.

So we have an very real and active investigation into real killer terrorists and the NYT & NY Daily News are running articles exposing a classified program trying to catch terrorist. What the hell is wrong with the NY Press!!!!! Given Rep. King's reaction to the NYT decision to expose the SWIFT program, it is completely possible that the SWIFT program was part of the investigation of these potential killers and we know the Daily News story was. Even if the NYT story was not related to the Holland Tunnel terrorists, we know it was critical in catching Bali bombing master mind Hambali and we have been told it continued to be a vital tool against terrorism up-until the NYT exposed it. Why else would have King gone so public-angry over the NYT article? ...................

Fox is reporting that the target was the PATH system not the Holland Tunnel:

Hammoud, a Lebanese native and self-professed Al Qaeda operative, was arrested April 27, and admitted to plotting a terror attack in New York City, a senior Lebanese security official said Friday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said Hammoud claimed he was acting on orders from Usama bin Laden.

Authorities blasted the NY Daily News for publishing the story:

FBI and New York City officials would not go into details of the plot, but did confirm that the PATH system was the likely target, not the Holland Tunnel, as the Daily News reported. "We have had a number of threats over the months and years, frankly, that would target all of the conveyances across the river," Mershon added.

The person who leaked the investigation is "clearly someone who doesn't understand the fragility of international relations," Mershon said.

"The release makes the investigation more difficult for us; it has greatly complicated what otherwise would be a very smooth relationship, a very smooth partnership, with a number of overseas allied agencies," Mershon added.

The NY Daily News, NYT & LAT's must be very proud of their decision based on "public interest" as must the media that have supported the decision to this point to publish ever scoop they get related to terrorist intel. Such media organizations need a new definition of "public interest".............................

The press needs to quit endangering Americans....................