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More Tippin’ Off the Terrorists from the New York Times

Filed under: General,Morons,Terrorism — Patterico @ 5:24 pm

From the Angry Clam comes this link to a case involving those zany terrorist-alertin’ folks at the New York Times:

After the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the federal government launched or intensified investigations into the funding of terrorist activities by organizations raising money in the United States. In the course of those investigations, the government developed a plan to freeze the assets and/or search the premises of two foundations. Two New York Times reporters learned of these plans, and, on the eve of each of the government’s actions, called each foundation for comment on the upcoming government freeze and/or searches.

“Mr. Terrorist: what is your comment on the impending freezing of your assets and search of your premises? Oh, you didn’t know? Well, let me fill you in . . . so I can get your reaction, of course.”

Remember: Bill Keller told us that the Times is not neutral or agnostic in this war on terror.

UPDATE: This is not news, as Army Lawyer points out (though the decision is new). If you already knew the story, consider it a reminder.

UPDATE x2: Michelle Malkin has more on the significance of today’s ruling: it means the paper will have to cough up their phone records relevant to this investigation.

Clint Taylor Discusses Mel Gibson

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:58 am

Clint Taylor writes on Mel Gibson:

Alcohol is not a truth serum, of course; it just makes you stupid (or more stupid) when taken to excess. There is no empirical evidence that drunks are any more truthful than sober people. It’s an old wives’ tale that alcohol opens a window on one’s soul.

I agree that people will sometimes do or say things under the influence of alcohol that they would never do or say sober, and sometimes those things are not explicable as the simple loss of inhibition.

On the other hand, I can pretty much guarantee you that I wouldn’t go around screaming about Jews at a .12 blood alcohol content.

Clint concludes:

Let’s hope he will prove to us that his shame and contrition, not his booze-addled bile, is a product of who he really is.

Read it all.

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