Where is the common sense?

Secrets from anonymous sources, leaked information, a brouhaha about revealing the identity of a CIA operative – do responsible publishers act responsibly? Bill Roggio – )High New York Times: Prisoner Transports Revealed Winds of Change 05Ma31) wonders about sensitive information being published.

What exactly is the purpose of the New York Times in reporting on sensitive issues such as these? Do they even care about the consequences of making such information pubic? It appears the editors of the New York Times feel that breaking a titillating story about sensitive CIA operations is much more important than national security and the lives of those fighting in the war. All to our detriment.

You have to wonder why some stories get the press they do. Is it just titillation? Or is their an agenda behind the revelation? Deep throat is a big story right now. Is there a hope to repeat that fiasco? Or is it just blindness to the impact of such exposure?

It is not only what gets made into a hot story but also the response to revelations that indicates some of what is going on. Exposing a CIA operative who was rather well known gets significant outrage. Exposing CIA prisoner transport methods sees very little. ‘Outing’ the operative had little impact on lives, policy, or procedure. Exposing the transport methods puts charter airlines and other people and facilities at significant risk and requires significant expense to change procedure and contractors.

For any rational person, these contrasts should create dissonance. What is going on here? Is it just ignorance or is there something else at work?

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