When the New York Times ran the story about the financial tracking program, King was all over them in every media outlet. His cry of "Treason!" resonated with the knuckle-dragging right.
King is quoted as saying "We're at war, and for the Times to release information about secret operations and methods is treasonous." He wrote a letter to Attorney General Gonzalez asking for an investigation.
King said in Newsday "I intellectually believe The New York Times can be prosecuted ... I say let The New York Times spend the next two weeks saying why they shouldn't be. It's a two-for-one shot for me."
And he said on Fox News "The time has come for the American people to realize, and the New York Times to realize, we’re at war and they can’t be on their own deciding what to declassify, what to release. If Congress wants to work on this privately, that’s one thing. But for them to, on their own, for the editor of the New York Times to say that he decides it’s in the national interest -- no one elected them to anything."
Since his tirades against the Times for a story about a program that was public knowledge, the New York Daily News published a story about planned terror attacks against NYC. The News in its own story admitted that the investigation was "ongoing" and that suspects were "still at large."
We wondered if King would start screaming "TREASON!" and demand an investigation. And we weren't the only ones.
There were a few days of silence and then King emerges to tell the LA Times "It would have been better if this had not been disclosed" publicly, so as not to disrupt the investigation and intelligence-gathering effort."
What strong words of condemnation.
No letter to the Attorney General?
No calls for the arrest and prosecution of the writers and editors?
Of course not, this story helps bolster Bush's anti-terror poll numbers. Why bite the hand that feeds better poll numbers?
Here is proof that King lacks principles.