Patterico is so disgusted with the LA Times’ irresponsible and unjustifiable behavior in publishing its story on the terrorist financial tracking program that he canceled his subscription.
…this has nothing to do with disagreeing with what I read in the newspaper. I disagree with the newspaper all the time. This is different. The newspaper made a deliberate choice to print classified details of an anti-terror operation that, by all accounts, was effective and legal. Key members of Congress had been briefed on it and had no problem with it. Strict controls were in place to prevent abuse, and those controls appear to have been effective.
Moreover, the program had been successful. The government had used it to capture the mastermind of the 2002 bombing of a Bali nightclub. That bombing killed 202 people, I said. I felt myself getting angry all over again as I continued the explanation. That’s more people than died in the Oklahoma City bombing. It’s the equivalent of catching Timothy McVeigh.
I hope other subscribers to the LA Times and the New York Times do the same so as to communicate to these organizations that their publishing of classified antiterror programs in an effort to undermine the Bush administration will cause them to take an even bigger hit in their subscription rates.
Update: Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner canceled her subscription to her weekend delivery of the New York Times.