I rarely agree with David Horowitz, Michelle Malkin, and John Hinderaker (not to mention RedState, the AntiIdiotarian Rottweiler, Jeff Goldstein, Pam at Atlas Shrugged, and no doubt many more) but this time I have to hand it to them: they're right. From Horowitz' piece, which goes under the headline "The NY Times points cranks, radicals, al-Qaeda operatives and would be assassins to the summer homes of Cheney and Rumsfeld":
"In an apparent retaliation for criticism of its disclosure of classified intelligence to America's enemies, the New York Times June 30th edition has printed huge color photos of the vacation residences of Vice President Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, identifying the small Maryland town where they live, showing the front driveway and in Rumsfeld's case actually pointing out the hidden security camera in case any hostile intruders should get careless (...)
Make no mistake about it, there is a war going on in this country."
Some on the left are dismissing this story as right-wing paranoia. At first, I felt the same way. But after doing some research, I have concluded that they are dangerously mistaken. There is a war on; it is real; and it represents a threat to our nation of truly unimagined proportions.
We already know that the New York Times is willing to undermine the war on terror by publishing information about our attempts to track terrorist financing. Until the Times' story, only the small, tightly guarded circle of counterterrorism officials who have access to the White House web site, who listen to the public statements of treasury officials, or who checked SWIFT's own web site could find out that the government was tracking international financial transactions. Now, anyone can read about it.
But as serious as publishing this secret information was, the disclosure of the location of Rumsfeld's and Cheney's vacation homes is far more troubling. Glenn Greenwald hinted at the scope of the problem when he noted that the Times had also published the location of Bill and Hillary Clinton's home. However, that just scratches the surface of this vast conspiracy. Here's the horrible truth:
The media has published detailed information about the homes of hundreds of government officials. As far as they are concerned, the entire federal government might as well be one big hit list.
A few examples:
The Times has also published the location of Karl Rove's vacation home not just once, but twice. The first one was in the Travel section. Coincidence? I don't think so. Not once you realize that their Travel Section also published the name of the street where John Kerry lives.
Think about it this way: the Travel section is aimed at people with money. Osama bin Laden has money. It doesn't take a genius to connect the dots.
The Times also published this charming piece of information:
"The Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, made his first public appearance since suffering a neurological dysfunction, joking with reporters and saying that he was eager for Congress to reconvene. ''I feel like I could go a couple of rounds with all of you,'' Mr. Reid, a former boxer, said as he arrived at a community forum in Las Vegas. Mr. Reid, 65, canceled several appearances last week and spent the weekend with his family after experiencing dizziness on Aug. 16 at his home in Searchlight."
You might say: well, but they didn't publish the street address, did they? Think again: if you've ever seen a map of Searchlight, Nevada, population 798, you'd know that a terrorist wouldn't need one.
The Washington Post, which is obviously in on the plot, published a story on John McCain that includes this passage:
""Go straight down Central," he tells staffer Paul Hickman, who is pulling out of the long driveway of McCain's home in Phoenix. "Take one street over. Fifty-one is closed. So go down Central or Jefferson.""
How hard would it be for a terrorist to find McCain's home given that description? The Post might as well have painted a target on his back.
We can always rely on Bob Novak to leak personal information, and he cleverly slipped the name of the street where Bill Frist lives into this interview on CNN. The National Journal recently published Frist's actual address, but I won't link to that. And the Nashville Tennessean, under the innocuous headline "Million-dollar homes in Davidson have soared", published not only the address of Frist's brother's house, but a photograph of it. Their pitiful excuse is that it is the most expensive home in the county. Their real motive is obvious. Can you say "hostage"? I thought you could.
That same article, incidentally, lets al Qaeda know which street Al Gore lives on.
Remember, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when all those media outlets covered the destruction of Trent Lott's home in Pascagoula, Mississippi, complete with photographs and video? Do you think they were just peddling a human interest story about a United States Senator? Please. It's the same thing with all those stories about the wind farm off Nantucket that Senator Kennedy was trying to block: just one more excuse to slip previously private details about our leaders' homes into the public domain, where terrorists can find them.
The press has struck a deal with al Qaeda. It will publish all the information that the terrorists need to find our leaders, and al Qaeda will take them out. No doubt sleeper cells in towns across America are preparing for this moment, safe in the knowledge that after almost five years without an attack on American soil, we are sinking back into complacency. But when Osama bin Laden gives them the signal, they will leap into action, newspaper articles in hand. They will creep through the shrubbery of vacation homes all over the country, homes whose location only media reports have revealed to them, and strike.
Their targets are not just Republicans. As I've shown, they're after members of both parties. Apparently, they plan nothing less than the destruction of the entire executive and legislative branches of government. And it extends even further than that. It's not until you factor in all the spreads on the homes of celebrities and wealthy business leaders that have been published by the Times' cadre of secret helpers at the National Enquirer, Architectural Digest, and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous that the full scope of their depravity becomes clear:
Any American who dared to achieve greatness will have been struck down. Those who remain will be bewildered, leaderless, and alone, with no one but the elitist liberal press and some surviving activist judges to guide them. Bill Keller and his minions will finally have masses of frightened, bewildered people under their beneficent but total control. The ultimate liberal fantasy, realized at last.
Update (7/3/06): Apparently Rumsfeld consented to this story.
I never thought I'd see the day when Donald Rumsfeld was revealed as a suicide operative for al Qaeda. These are dark, dark times.
I also note that of all the right-wing blogs I noted above, only Jeff Goldstein has updated to indicate that Rumsfeld agreed to the story. Yet another first: kudos to Jeff. The others, who riled up their readers, made accusations of treason, sent people off to
hunt track down reporters and their children, and now don't have the decency to acknowledge that they were wrong should be ashamed. I'm not holding my breath on that one, though