An uninformed public is safe public
John Hinderaker doesn’t think you should know what your country is doing in your name:
KURTZ: OK. Letâ€™s moveâ€”letâ€™s move beyond the legal justification. You think the public doesnâ€™t have a right to know because classified information is involved that the CIA is maintaining secret presence in Eastern Europe, that the Bush administration is conducting wiretaps in this country withoutâ€”without warrants? You would be just as happy if reporters could not publish that kind of information?
HINDERAKER: Oh, absolutely. Thereâ€™s all kinds of information that you canâ€™t give to the American public without also giving it to the terrorists. Thatâ€™s what â€œThe New York Timesâ€ did, and as a result our security has been compromised.
The NSA program was capturing lots of international terrorist communications. Thatâ€™s dropped off drastically since â€œThe New York Timesâ€ published the story. So theyâ€™veâ€”theyâ€™ve damaged our security.
Secret prisons in Europe? Somehow that damages our security.
Warrantless wiretaps? Ditto.
Those issues don’t involve the so-called War On Terrorâ„¢. They involve the exposing the private face of an administration that is drunk with power.
That’s a whole different war.
There is nothing that John Hinderaker won’t defend.