Cornyn introduces Senate resolution in response to NY Times

Texas Senator John Cornyn today introduced a Senate resolution condemning the leaking of and publication of classified anti-terrorism programs. Like the House resolution, Cornyn does not specifically name the NY Times or LA Times. The text of the resolution is below:

RESOLUTION

Condemning the unauthorized disclosure and publication of classified information about the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, the National Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program, and other vital counter-terrorism programs.

Whereas on June 22, 2006, news organizations publicly disclosed the existence of an ongoing, highly classified national security program to track terrorists’ financial transactions, known formally as the “Terrorist Finance Tracking Program”;

Whereas the President condemned the unauthorized leak and subsequent publication in the strongest possible terms, calling those acts “disgraceful” and explaining that public disclosure of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program “does great harm to the United States of America”;

Whereas the Secretary of the Treasury noted that this unauthorized leak of classified information and subsequent publication “undermined a highly successful counter-terrorism program and alerted terrorists to the methods and sources used to track their money trails”;

Whereas similar to the leaks and public disclosure of the National Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program, the disclosure of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program puts America’s terrorist enemies on notice of tactics used to hunt them down and makes defending against further terrorist attacks more difficult;

Whereas Administration officials and the co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission (a Democrat and a Republican) urged news organizations to refrain from publicly disclosing the existence of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program because of the probable harm to America’s national security;

Whereas there have been no credible allegations of abuse or infringements on civil liberties in the execution of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program;

Whereas the 9/11 Commission in its Final Report concluded that “information about terrorist money helps us to understand their networks, search them, and disrupt their operations”;

Whereas the 9/11 Commission had given the Administration high marks in its pursuit of terrorist-finance networks, and recommended that “vigorous efforts to track terrorist financing must remain front and center in U.S. counter-terrorism efforts”; and

Whereas the United States must remain vigilant in its War on Terror:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That-

(1) the Senate joins the President in condemning the damaging leaks and subsequent publication of vital national security information about the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program and theNational Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program; and

(2) it is the sense of the Senate that the Department of Justice should vigorously and tirelessly investigate and prosecute any and all persons responsible for the unauthorized disclosure to news organizations of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, the National Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program, and other vital counter-terrorism programs.

One Response to “Cornyn introduces Senate resolution in response to NY Times”

  1. TimChapmanBlog.com » Blog Archive » If perception is reality… Says:

    […] The NY Times is on the first graf or two of most articles. I wanted to see the NY Times named in the resolution. But if the media understands the resolutions to be aimed squarely at the NY Times and any other outlets that may be as reckless, then the resolution serves a purpose. Read the first two grafs of John Cornyn’s resolution: Condemning the unauthorized disclosure and publication of classified information about the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, the National Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program, and other vital counter-terrorism programs. […]

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