"WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes journalists can be prosecuted for publishing classified information, citing an obligation to national security.
The nation's top law enforcer also said the government will not hesitate to track telephone calls made by reporters as part of a criminal leak investigation, but officials would not do so routinely and randomly.
'There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility,' Gonzales said, referring to prosecutions. 'We have an obligation to enforce those laws. We have an obligation to ensure that our national security is protected.'"
Translation--congress makes us do this. It isn't that we are incompetent and immoral, just that congress is forcing our hand. And of course it is reasonable to intimidate the press into playing by our rules.
I knew that Bush/Cheney disliked the media, but this is really unbelievable even for them. Question for conservatives out there? What happens when the press doesn't function? (I mean, besides an administration ramrodding a war?) Do you really think that conservatives are incorruptable?
The more I watch of this administration, the more I am convinced that conservatives lack even a basic understanding of our system.