In a move that probably shocked no one, the New York Times has now been labeled “disgraceful” and “treasonous” because they dared to expose yet another secret spying operation launched by the Bush administration. Rep. Peter King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told the Associated Press that the Times should not have reported on the SWIFT database snooping that’s been happening for the past four and a half years. Bush also condemned the report, using such wise words as:

We’re at war with a bunch of people who want to hurt the United States of America. For people to leak that program, and for a newspaper to publish it, does great harm to the United States of America… it makes it harder to win the war on terrorism.

Apparently he is still under the deluded impression we can ever “win” a war against an ideology, not to mention his tired but oft-used reference to mysterious Bad Guys who are looking to hurt us. He continues to believe he has infinite jurisdiction in private transactions as long as it’s being done “to fight the terr’ists”.

I always thought we had a free press specifically so the government can’t run roughshod over everything– it’s just another piece of the checks and balances that keep our country from becoming a fascist police state.

Just another step… we’re getting closer.