Which is more incredible?
1. The administration is spying on us.
2. The administration is secretly and without a warrant spying on us.
3. The administration is pissed off at the person who told a New York Times reporter that the administration is doing this.
4. The law-breaking administration has vowed to identify and prosecute the whistleblower for “breaking the law” to tell us that the administration has been massively breaking the law.
5. The administration wants us to believe that the “enemy” will be aided by knowing that the administration is now spying on American citizens, when everyone knows that the NSA has been legally “listening in” on foreign conversations for decades, which doesn’t mean that anyone but some super nerd has more than the vaguest notion of what that entails and how to avoid getting caught in the net—assuming NSA has enough analysts to cope with the daily flood of data, which is worrisomely doubtful. And, yes, warrants have for twenty some years been obtainable, and quite quickly, if an investigator has even the slightest case for listening in on conversations involving Americans.
So what’s the press going to do, now that the story has broken? For that service we thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the press, but now what?
The protection of Scooter Libby and any other member of the administration who smeared Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson was an aberrant application of the journalistic pledge not to divulge sources. Libby and his colleagues in that operation deserved exposure not shielding. They should have been outed, immediately, in a front page news story.
Now, somewhere, there's a genuine whistleblower. He or she has told a reporter something we citizens need to know. This person deserves full protection. He or she is worth going to jail for.
So, MSM, are you listening?